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Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York
Seneca Falls native makes big donation to Habitat
  5/16/14 @ 12:50 pm

In his role as construction manager for Habitat for Humanity of Seneca County, Lou Ferrara has seen many volunteers show up at construction sites. But even he was surprised at the volunteer who showed up at Habitat’s current site in Seneca Falls recently.

“Adam Olschewski of Marshall Exteriors of Newark stopped by and offered to do the whole roof of our house at no cost,” Ferrara said, surprise in his voice. “He said he would bring his crew – he has about 42 employees – and would provide all the materials for free,” Ferrara said Olschewski estimated it would take his workers about three hours to install the new roof.

Olschewske told Ferrara he grew up in Seneca Falls and just wanted to do something nice for his home town.

“We are so grateful to Adam for this generous gift which not only saves us thousands of dollars in the cost of materials, but also saves us a lot of volunteer hours.” Ferrara said.

But that’s not all. Olschewske and his company have offered to provide a new roof for Habitat projects in Ontario and Wayne counties as well.

Marshall Exteriors is a GAF Master Elite® Contractor based in Newark and serves the Finger Lakes region. It is a local partner in the GAF and Habitat for Humanity’s International Community Contractor Program, providing installation of GAF roofing products for Habitat homes in Ontario, Seneca, and Wayne counties, said Pamela Ferrara, secretary for Seneca County Habitat for Humanity. In addition to donating roofing materials, GAF donates a System Plus ltd. warranty for each new roof installed under this program.

And now Habitat for Humanity wills formally thank Olschewske for his generosity. Representatives of Habitat for Humanity of Seneca, Wayne and Ontario counties will present a certificate of appreciation to Olschewske and Marshall Exteriors on Saturday May 17th during an open house at the firm, 171 W. Shore Blvd, Newark.

The award will recognize Olschewske for “his contributions to achieving simple, decent, affordable housing for everyone.”

Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build homes or renovate existing homes to create decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged. Mortgage payments received by the affiliate are used to build more homes.

Habitat for Humanity of Seneca County, NY, is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 400,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 2 million people.

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