Newton, Massachusetts, July 1, 2013: With multiple contractors often bidding on the same job, the remodeling industry can be a competitive one. But, when the community is in need, it is that competitive spirit that can spur generous contributions of time and labor through community service projects. The Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EMNARI) has participated in service projects that bring our member remodeling companies and suppliers together to give back to the community in which they live and work.
EMNARI members work together to plan out the project, estimate materials needed, gather volunteers and sponsors for the materials and labor needed and complete the build. Tom Antonellis, of Carpentry by Tom Antonellis, supervised our latest community service project a deck rebuild and expansion at the Plummer Home for Boys in Salem, MA. An old 8’ x 10’deck was enlarged to more than four times the size of the old deck and updated to current building codes. The previous deck was too small and dangerous for cookouts or gatherings of any kind. The new deck features new synthetic decking and railings, and requires little or no maintenance. There is plenty of room for barbequing and gatherings of the residents to enjoy each other’s company and the incredible vista overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from the Cape Ann area.
The Plummer Home serves the needs of troubled boys and their families as they grow into healthy, successful adults. “One of the great things about this deck is that it will allow those of our boys who may be too shy to jump into the fray of a basketball game to feel part of the action while maintaining what for them feels like a safe distance”, said Nicole McLaughlin, Director of Strategy and Advancement for the Plummer’s Boys Home. She also went on to add, “This deck, which overlooks our basketball court, is four times the size of our old porch and is made with top of the line materials that can withstand the weather. Unfortunately, it’s the type of project that never makes it to the top of the priority list when we consider how best to spend our money. We are so grateful for this generous gift of time, labor and materials.”
The Plummer Home for Boys was founded in 1855 through the will of Caroline Plummer. She is known as one of the earliest female philanthropists in America for her support of the Salem Athenaeum, an endowed chair at Harvard University for the teaching of Christian morals, and founding the Plummer Home.
At the time, Salem was a thriving commercial center and a growing city. Caroline saw her opportunity to help troubled youth avoid incarceration by correcting their ways. She established a farm school where the staff would guide youth toward productive and community-focused behavior. The name and methods of the farm school were changed in 1958 to The Plummer Home for Boys, Inc.
EMNARI would like to recognize the contributions of Gary Moffie of the Remodeling Company, Erik Salmi from Concord Lumber for the generous donation of all the building materials required, and Gary Morrison for supplying and installing the footing materials. Donations were also made by Deborah Bishop of Dwell on It, LLC and Jim Marcotte of Dovercraft. EMNARI Member, Gary Morrison of Morrison Remodeling and Repairs, LLC, applied for the necessary permits and excavated and placed the concrete footings in advance of the build day.
Our volunteers included: Tom Antonellis of Carpentry by Tom Antonellis, Gary Morrison and Matt Jancek of Morrison Remodeling, LLC., Bud Kelley of Audio Concepts, Karl Ivester of New England Shutter Mills, Elizabeth Desmarais of Closet & Storage Concepts, Mark Johnson of M.A. Restoration, Inc., Richard Slavinski of Curb Appeal Landscaping, John Carvalho of New England Design & Construction, and Tom Downer of Downer Associates.
EM NARI is a not-for-profit trade association committed exclusively to enhancing the professionalism of the remodeling industry and providing ethical and quality service to the region's remodeling homeowners. Representing full-service remodeling contractors, design-build firms, architects, designers, subcontractors, product manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, and those who provide services and products to the remodeling field, NARI stands as the spokesperson of the industry and an ally to the nation's homeowners.
The professional remodeling contractor who is a member of NARI has access to the latest information through the internet, trade publications, educational programs, meetings, conventions, and expositions that feature new products, materials, and techniques. The NARI remodeling contractor is pledged to uphold the Association's Code of Ethics and is dedicated to the professionalism and integrity of the remodeling industry.