PROJECT NEWS 2016

Project Children Chairman Denis Mulcahy reflects on his experience with the interns in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 


Project Children has helped to lay the foundation for peace in Northern Ireland.  We are hopeful that this foundation is implanted in the next generation, as they become the new leaders.  Our youth of today will become the leaders of tomorrow. 


There have been so many amazing people who have partaken in the Habitat for Humanity program.  This year has been no exception.  The young adults collaborated together to accomplish a common goal.  In addition to the houses built – friendships were also built along the way.  Research has shown that adults are twice as likely to volunteer if they began participating when they are young adults.  As the Chairman of Project Children, it was an incredible experience for me to have had the opportunity to work hand in hand with this wonderful group of interns.


The Habitat program was an incredible success thanks in part to the hard work of all of those involved.  Our coordinators in Northern Ireland – Monica Culbert, Sally Brennan, Maire Therese Griffen, Paul Lecky, Pat Mulcahy, and Ellen Lynch – who worked diligently to screen all the applicants and eventually choosing the interns.  They did an exceptional job this year in preparing the interns prior to their trip. The partnership between Project Children and Habitat for Humanity is a natural one.  Our organizations both know the value of finding common ground.  It was easy to work together and make good things happen. 


I would like to thank Habitat for Humanity – Tuscaloosa for organizing our trip to Tuscaloosa this summer.  Special thanks to Ellen Potts, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity – Tuscaloosa, Jared Patterson, Volunteer Coordinator.  Also Peter Salemme, Construction Director and Barry Stough, Site Supervisor.  They were all very helpful and extremely supportive during our time in Tuscaloosa, especially in securing our room and board at Y’s Acres Camp. We worked on three houses during our time there.

This year was especially important for me personally for two reasons.   The first being we were lucky enough to have Carol Wheeler, the Washington coordinator, and her son Max along with Marjorie Myers, wife of the late United States Consul General, Robert Myers. Robert served in Northern Ireland during the troubles and was instrumental in starting the Habitat Program. The second reason was my son, Denis and my two 16 year old granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Seana also volunteered their time for this Habitat project.  To be able to share this experience with them was incredible.  Although my family has always been instilled with the importance of service and volunteering, this was an experience that we got to share together.  It was a reminder of leading by example and passing down through generations, the importance of making meaningful changes in the community.  For that, I am eternally grateful to have had that opportunity with my own son and granddaughters.

 

I would also like to take the opportunity to thank our supervisors who taught the interns that there is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.  My thanks to Sam Gormley, Brendan Morgan, Denis McAteer, Al DeBenedictis, Rich Hackford, Denis Mulcahy Jr,, Pat and Gwen Kelly, Pat Costello, and Tom Kinirons.  Special thanks to Gwen for always organizing delicious meals to keep the crew well fed!  On the New York side, we thank JoJo and Ray Gallagher for organizing all the interns to get together for a wonderful weekend in New York, where they get to share their summer experience before returning home.

 

I would also like to thank our supporters and donors, who raise the money for Project Children to fund this intern program.  A special thanks to the Walsh family, who run our annual golf tournament.  Also our major contributors from the Michael J Miller Memorial Fund and the Sarah I Schieffelin Residuary Trust.  We appreciate the contributions that we receive from the golf tournaments run by Gerry Robinson’s “Irish Open” in Massachusetts, Pat Costello in Utica, NY and Betty Walsh who is with the Walsh Foundation in Albany, NY.  Of course, none of this would be possible without thanking our coordinators and volunteers, as well as our host families. This year’s Project Children Interns learned, in the words of Helen Keller, that  ‘Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much’    



This year was especially important for me personally for two reasons.   The first being we were lucky enough to have Carol Wheeler, the Washington coordinator, and her son Max along with Marjorie Myers, wife of the late United States Consul General, Robert Myers. Robert served in Northern Ireland during the troubles and was instrumental in starting the Habitat Program. The second reason was my son, Denis and my two 16 year old granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Seana also volunteered their time for this Habitat project.  To be able to share this experience with them was incredible.  Although my family has always been instilled with the importance of service and volunteering, this was an experience that we got to share together.  It was a reminder of leading by example and passing down through generations, the importance of making meaningful changes in the community.  For that, I am eternally grateful to have had that opportunity with my own son and granddaughters.


I would also like to take the opportunity to thank our supervisors who taught the interns that there is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.  My thanks to Sam Gormley, Brendan Morgan, Denis McAteer, Al DeBenedictis, Rich Hackford, Denis Mulcahy Jr,, Pat and Gwen Kelly, Pat Costello, and Tom Kinirons.  Special thanks to Gwen for always organizing delicious meals to keep the crew well fed!  On the New York side, we thank JoJo and Ray Gallagher for organizing all the interns to get together for a wonderful weekend in New York, where they get to share their summer experience before returning home.


I would also like to thank our supporters and donors, who raise the money for Project Children to fund this intern program.  A special thanks to the Walsh family, who run our annual golf tournament.  Also our major contributors from the Michael J Miller Memorial Fund and the Sarah I Schieffelin Residuary Trust.  We appreciate the contributions that we receive from the golf tournaments run by Gerry Robinson’s “Irish Open” in Massachusetts, Pat Costello in Utica, NY and Betty Walsh who is with the Walsh Foundation in Albany, NY.  Of course, none of this would be possible without thanking our coordinators and volunteers, as well as our host families. This year’s Project Children Interns learned, in the words of Helen Keller, that  ‘Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much’    



This year was especially important for me personally for two reasons.   The first being we were lucky enough to have Carol Wheeler, the Washington coordinator, and her son Max along with Marjorie Myers, wife of the late United States Consul General, Robert Myers. Robert served in Northern Ireland during the troubles and was instrumental in starting the Habitat Program. The second reason was my son, Denis and my two 16 year old granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Seana also volunteered their time for this Habitat project.  To be able to share this experience with them was incredible.  Although my family has always been instilled with the importance of service and volunteering, this was an experience that we got to share together.  It was a reminder of leading by example and passing down through generations, the importance of making meaningful changes in the community.  For that, I am eternally grateful to have had that opportunity with my own son and granddaughters.


I would also like to take the opportunity to thank our supervisors who taught the interns that there is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.  My thanks to Sam Gormley, Brendan Morgan, Denis McAteer, Al DeBenedictis, Rich Hackford, Denis Mulcahy Jr,, Pat and Gwen Kelly, Pat Costello, and Tom Kinirons.  Special thanks to Gwen for always organizing delicious meals to keep the crew well fed!  On the New York side, we thank JoJo and Ray Gallagher for organizing all the interns to get together for a wonderful weekend in New York, where they get to share their summer experience before returning home.


I would also like to thank our supporters and donors, who raise the money for Project Children to fund this intern program.  A special thanks to the Walsh family, who run our annual golf tournament.  Also our major contributors from the Michael J Miller Memorial Fund and the Sarah I Schieffelin Residuary Trust.  We appreciate the contributions that we receive from the golf tournaments run by Gerry Robinson’s “Irish Open” in Massachusetts, Pat Costello in Utica, NY and Betty Walsh who is with the Walsh Foundation in Albany, NY.  Of course, none of this would be possible without thanking our coordinators and volunteers, as well as our host families. This year’s Project Children Interns learned, in the words of Helen Keller, that  ‘Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much’    

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This year was especially important for me personally for two reasons.   The first being we were lucky enough to have Carol Wheeler, the Washington coordinator, and her son Max along with Marjorie Myers, wife of the late United States Consul General, Robert Myers. Robert served in Northern Ireland during the troubles and was instrumental in starting the Habitat Program. The second reason was my son, Denis and my two 16 year old granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Seana also volunteered their time for this Habitat project.  To be able to share this experience with them was incredible.  Although my family has always been instilled with the importance of service and volunteering, this was an experience that we got to share together.  It was a reminder of leading by example and passing down through generations, the importance of making meaningful changes in the community.  For that, I am eternally grateful to have had that opportunity with my own son and granddaughters.


I would also like to take the opportunity to thank our supervisors who taught the interns that there is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.  My thanks to Sam Gormley, Brendan Morgan, Denis McAteer, Al DeBenedictis, Rich Hackford, Denis Mulcahy Jr,, Pat and Gwen Kelly, Pat Costello, and Tom Kinirons.  Special thanks to Gwen for always organizing delicious meals to keep the crew well fed!  On the New York side, we thank JoJo and Ray Gallagher for organizing all the interns to get together for a wonderful weekend in New York, where they get to share their summer experience before returning home.


I would also like to thank our supporters and donors, who raise the money for Project Children to fund this intern program.  A special thanks to the Walsh family, who run our annual golf tournament.  Also our major contributors from the Michael J Miller Memorial Fund and the Sarah I Schieffelin Residuary Trust.  We appreciate the contributions that we receive from the golf tournaments run by Gerry Robinson’s “Irish Open” in Massachusetts, Pat Costello in Utica, NY and Betty Walsh who is with the Walsh Foundation in Albany, NY.  Of course, none of this would be possible without thanking our coordinators and volunteers, as well as our host families. This year’s Project Children Interns learned, in the words of Helen Keller, that  ‘Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much’