Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity announces the Golden Hammer Award Recipient. Robert K. Mericle built a home for Habitat that will be affordable to a low income family who otherwise would not have had the opportunity for homeownership. The Golden Hammer Award Recipient demonstrates exceptional commitment to help further the mission of Habitat. Karen Evans Kaufer, executive director of WVHFH said “We are delighted to have Robert K. Mericle partner with us in our mission to eliminate poverty housing. Providing this home helps the entire community by improving neighborhoods one house at a time. Volunteerism is one of the most important elements of the mission. Mr. Mericle not only built a home for Habitat and for a veteran and her family, but inspired others to volunteer their time and talents as well.”
“It was a great honor working with the Habitat for Humanity team on this project,” said Mr. Mericle. I am very proud of our many employees whose dedication and craftsmanship made this new home possible,” he said.
Since its founding in 1985, Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services has provided significant financial, in-kind, and volunteer support to hundreds of non-profit and community organizations throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. Since 2005, the company has donated more than 60,000 man hours to community service. In addition, Mericle employees and their families have donated thousands of hours of their personal time to many local worthy causes.
An average Habitat house for a family of four is 1100 square feet, has 3 bedrooms. Using volunteer labor and charitable gifts, we ensure our homes are affordable to low income families in Wyoming Valley. Habitat families are selected based on level of need, willingness to become partners in the Habitat program, and the ability to repay a no-interest, 20-year mortgage. Mortgage payments are “recycled” to help build more homes for other qualified families. Families who purchase Habitat homes invest at least 200 hours of “sweat equity” volunteer labor.
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A popular Pittston Township park received an upgrade last week thanks to Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services’ Lend a Hand Program. Mericle donated labor and materials and provided volunteers to make improvements to Bryden Park, which is located off of Oak Street near the Pittston bypass. For more information, check out Mericle’s LinkedIn page.
Almost 100 CenterPoint employees rolled up their sleeves last week to give blood and share life. Mericle, in partnership with CTDI, the Geisinger Blood Center, and other members of the CenterPoint community, organized the CenterPoint Cares. “Give Blood. Share Life.” blood drive last Thursday. The blood collected during the drive will be processed at Geisinger’s CenterPoint facility and will benefit local patients treated within the Geisinger Health System. Comcast Business partnered with CTDI and Geisinger Blood Services to provide food and beverages for donors. Other CenterPoint tenants contributed by donating gifts that were raffled and awarded to those who donated blood during Thursday’s event.
From collecting toys for Toys for Tots, to donating food to the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank, to giving badly needed blood, our CenterPoint tenants strive every day to make our community a better place.
Interested in helping or making a donation? For more information about CenterPoint Caresclick here.
Blue Sky at YMCA Camp Kresge, a Mericle Foundation Initiative, hosted Kiel Eigen, Pride Mobility Products. Pittston Area High School students heard Kiel explain how he’s turned a challenge into a new beginning. He’s helped develop a power chair that lets him enjoy the great outdoors.
For more information about Blue Sky at YMCA Camp Kresgeclick here.
Mericle and a number of our tenants were proud to participate in the Miracle on Welles event yesterday. Congratulations to Children’s Miracle Network for the money raised to support Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital!
Mericle is very proud to be able to donate storage space in CenterPoint Commerce & Trade Park East to help libraries in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties. When longtime Luzerne County employer Penguin Group USA decided to close its warehouse, it graciously decided to donate its large inventory of books to area libraries, provided the libraries could accept delivery quickly. Mericle stepped in and took delivery of the books at no cost to the libraries. Now, the libraries will be able to greatly enhance their collections and sell books at annual tent sales to raise money for their day to day operations.