Volunteers band together to build community tool shed

  • Volunteers start construction on a community tool shed at the Grapevine in Antrim.  Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 8:19PM

The Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center is in the process of constructing a community tool shed near its facility in Antrim.

Executive Director Melissa Gallagher said the idea came about from a resident named Glenn Stan. She said he was helping some elderly women fix their windows when he realized they didn’t have the correct tools to fix things up around their homes. They really didn’t have much of anything, not even a lawnmower to maintain their yards.

The idea for a community shed was born. 

Gallagher said when the idea was presented to the Grapevine, they knew it was a great idea.

“It feels like a great opportunity to support the community and to potentially draw in people who at one point were connected to the Grapevine but have since lost touch. We hope it engages some new faces and re-engages the people who we haven’t seen in a while,” Gallagher said.

Already, she said, the idea has been backed with widespread support across the community. An anonymous donor provided the seed money to kickstart the project.

A band of volunteers has already started constructing the shed. The crew works on the shed every Wednesday and Saturday. Construction will run over the course of six weeks through mid-August.

Gallagher said it’s a great volunteer opportunity for a young adult who is interested in learning more about the trade.

The shed itself will be about 192 square feet and will house a variety of tools that will be available to lend out. Once it’s built, they also have plans to host do-it-yourself workshops within where people will be able to learn how to repair a screen or rewire a lamp.

“Anyone will be able to come and learn those skills,” Gallagher said.

The Grapevine is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote family and community health and well-being through support, education, and the sharing of resources. It’s based in Antrim, but serves many of the surrounding towns.

Abby Kessler can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 234 or akessler@ledgertranscript.com. Follow her on Twitter @a_kessler91.