At Residential Properties, we work hard to buy and sell real estate on a professional level. Even though the company focuses on providing homes to those who can afford them, we have not forgotten about those who cannot necessarily purchase a home in the traditional sense. Last week I joined Mary Ann Lisi, an energetic volunteer and sales associate from our Narragansett office, at the South County Habitat for Humanity.
When I first asked about her involvement, Mary Ann remarked that she “feels strongly about giving back to the South County community”, since this is the area where she has focused her real estate endeavors. Not only has her experience with building and renovating been an asset to the cause, Mary Ann brings with her a genuine passion for carpentry. “I LOVE to swing a hammer” she stated with enthusiasm, “Habitat for Humanity and I are a perfect fit.” With such altruistic zeal, how could I not be drawn to join her?
Mary Ann has been working with the organization for several years and has recently rejoined the Womens Build Program on Thursdays. As part of South County Habitat for Humanity, the fantastic women volunteers are now working on a very exciting project, building a house on Klondike Road in Charlestown.
If you would like to get involved with Habitat for Humanity, their website has a complete list of chapters so that you can easily find a group in your area. There are several different options for volunteering, from youth to womens build programs, so you can choose the type of experience that best suits you. Not only is this a fun organization to help if you have a flair for building or restoration, but your efforts will give in-need families the opportunity to buy a home of their own.
Work and social events sometimes do cross paths. That is, you’ll never know when a casual conversation will lead you to something you have just encountered in your professional life. It happened recently over the last weekend.
In the Kingstown and Narragansett area there is the Pettaquamscutt River, or more commonly known as the Narrow River. Several months ago we filmed it as we put together several videos on properties in the area. It appeared to be a great body of water for kayaking or fishing. Little did I know that an acquaintance is the president of the Narrow River Preservation Association and he recently received an award for his 40-year involvement with the association, which focuses on the preservation of this river’s environment. But as he put it, the award belongs to everyone involved.
He then told me of the 10K and 5k run/walk they held in May and the upcoming 5th annual Mile Turnaround Swim they are holding on the 19th of June. Both of these events benefit the preservation efforts. He indicated the swim is a beautiful site to watch.
It is getting to the season where visiting the beaches and rivers of South County will become more common activities. It is nice to know that there is a dedicated group of individuals around to make sure the resources are preserved for us to enjoy.
View or purchase fine art while taking in the sights and sounds of Narragansett’s stunning waterfront.
The Wakefield Rotary Club presents the 27th annual Narragansett Art Festival. Over 80 exhibitors will display art pieces in a variety of media including oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, drawing and graphics, sculpture, photography, and other creative media. An Irish fiddler will be in attendance who will provide percussion instruments to children who want to participate in musical activities.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the event will support the Rotary Club’s four-year scholarship and two year vocational scholarship programs for South Kingstown, Narragansett, and Prout High School students.
The festival’s setting of Veterans’ Park, adjacent to The Towers in Narragansett at 35 Ocean Road, are an added incentive to come and enjoy the fun!
What: Narragansett Art Festival
When: Saturday, June 27-Sunday, June 28, 2009 9am-5pm
Where: Veterans Memorial Park, Ocean Road