Range Resources dismantles house to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity

  • By Joelle Smith
    Staff writer
May 21, 2014
Volunteers from Range Resources deconstruct a South Main Street home in Amwell Township and salvage recyclables to benefit Washington County’s Habitat for Humanity fundraiser. - Joelle Smith / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

Washington County Habitat for Humanity has assembled homes to assist local families for 25 years, but Tuesday the organization collaborated with Range Resources to bring down the house.

Within 24 hours, the residence at 2310 South Main St. in Amwell Township was stripped of its recyclable hardware, and salvageable materials were up for resale to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Range Resources, an independent oil and gas company involved with Marcellus Shale drilling, connected with Habitat two months ago about donating the house and providing demolition volunteers.

Extracted home goods – including doors, windows, gutters, cabinets, bathroom fixtures, HVAC materials and copper – were trucked to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. The consignment shop, at 1001 E. Maiden St. in Washington, was established to fundraise for the nonprofit.

Mark Twyford, Habitat’s executive director, wore an appreciative grin as he joined 25 Range Resource volunteers wielding steel hammers and skirting the rooftop shingles.

“We are very excited for this opportunity to partner with Range,” Twyford said. “Clearly at Range, the commitment to the mission of Habitat, it’s companywide, as evidenced by all these volunteers you see here.”

According to Matt Pitzarella, Range’s director of corporate communications, Range contributes $1 million annually to the Washington County area. Habitat’s mission, to empower the community, appealed to the company’s values.

“Our employees really like to roll up their sleeves and help our neighbors, and Habitat provides for that,” Pitzarella said.

Habitat learned of the vacant home through a board member and brainstormed the initiative. After collaborating with Range for more than a year, Habitat’s project launched.

Twyford commented on the versatility of the project.

“Endeavors like this one,” Twyford said, “they provide benefits – both economic and environmental. So many of the materials that will be removed during this salvage effort today … will be sold, with the proceeds going to fund (Habitat), and they will then end up in someone’s home as opposed to a landfill.”

Charlene DeBolt, Habitat’s ReStore manager, explained that the effort marked Habitat’s initial partnership with Range on a project of this nature.

After the valuable items are removed from the house, Pitzarella said, the lot will be transitioned into a staging area.

In addition to their in-kind donation, Range is contributing a sum of money to Habitat.

“Habitat is a hand up for our neighbors, not a handout,” Pitzarella said. “I think it appeals to anyone who calls Washington County home.”



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