More than a dozen volunteers helped out with a Habitat for Humanity project at 1087 N. Main St. in Jamestown. Project officials believe the house will be completed by January 2023. Photo submitted

Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity recently welcomed volunteers for its ongoing project in the city.

The volunteers worked on the rehabilitation project at 1087 N. Main St. under the supervision of project manager Tom Murphy and David Kurzawa, volunteer executive director of Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity.

“Volunteers make the project happen” Kurzawa said. “Without volunteers, we cannot build. It’s a very important part of our organization, building a decent house for a family.

The June 25 Labor Day volunteers included residents of Jamestown, Silver Creek, Mayville, Fredonia and Panama.

“Their skills and energy made a huge difference in the task at hand,” said Eileen Braungard, a Habitat for Humanity volunteer. “A lot of progress has been made thanks to all the volunteers across the county.”

Although the organization received the house as a donation about three years ago, volunteers only started working on the project last October. The renovated house is tentatively planned to provide a home for Alison Turner.

Kurzawa described the property as a small two-bedroom house with a bathroom, kitchen, and storage space on the second floor. Habitat for Humanity also hopes to add a porch to the front of the house.

Kurzawa expects the project to be completed by January 1, 2023.

“The project is going very well” he said. Despite some COVID-19 regulations required by Habitat International, the group was able to use small groups to accomplish their work.

“We are now starting to invite businesses and corporations to send groups of volunteers on days when they want their employees to work with us,” Kurzawa said. “We are opening for regular business again.”

The organization usually meets from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday mornings to work on the house. However, with businesses and volunteer groups once again able to work in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity, Kurzawa said special times during the week can be scheduled to work on the house.

As the project continues, the organization is working with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation to paint the house.

Habitat for Humanity received assistance with the location from the Jamestown Housing Authority as well as grants from Cummings and the Lenna Foundation.

Kurzawa stressed the importance of volunteers. “We have already received great support from the city and from different organizations, but we are always looking for more support and more helpers”, he said.

To volunteer with the organization, Kurzawa encouraged people to visit and fill out a volunteer application or contact him at 716-863-4475. Additionally, people are invited to attend Saturday morning workdays, where they can fill out a volunteer application and contribute to the progress of the house.

Platinum sponsors of the local project include Northwest Bank, Tiede and Zoeller Tile. Gold sponsors include Bahgat & Laurito, Bahgat and The Waterfront Foundation. Silver sponsors include Purina Pet Food, Radack & Hartnett Attorneys, Gugino Plumbing, Heating and Air, Add Lumber True Value and Dunkirk Fredonia Self Storage. Bronze sponsors include Holt and Hanna Realty, Community Bank, WMW Motors Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Rogers Land Surveying Jamestown, Atlas Comfort Cabins and Fortner Roofing and Construction.

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