RAHWAY – Habitat for Humanity Newark honored Rahway resident Allan Martin at its second annual Raising Roofs Gala held on Thursday, May 28 at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange.
Martin is a member of the Carpenters Club, a group of volunteer Habitat homebuilders who get together every Wednesday, and often on other days of the week as well, to work on Habitat for Humanity homes for low income families. Martin and other Carpenters Club members were honored with the Volunteer of the Year Award at the Gala, which raised money for upcoming Habitat projects.
The Carpenters Club has been the backbone of Habitat Newark’s volunteer workforce for years. A diverse group of men and women, they come from throughout New Jersey and provide construction expertise and a can-do attitude that is essential to the organization.
Martin has been a member of Carpenters Club for six years. A retired mechanical engineer who worked for Exxon/Infineum, he and his wife, Catherine, have lived in Rahway for more than 30 years and have three children and seven grandchildren.
In the past 20 years Habitat Newark, with the generous support of donors and volunteers like Martin, has built 70 houses in the Central and West wards of Newark and is now branching out to other parts of Newark and to West Orange. Habitat Newark offers hard working low-income families a hand up to decent living conditions.
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