Thursday August 10, 2017
Thanks to community members and local businesses, like Greg Stine of Fine Finish Remodel and the Hamiltons of Quality Electric, improvements have been made to the Wheeler House on Dorset Street. According to Co-Founder and Executive Director of Common Roots, Carol McQuillen, the upgrades have allowed the nonprofit organization to expand their free Community Food Share program to two days a week, adding a third this fall. The growth of the program has been made possible by over $130,000 of in-kind donations and other support from local craftsmen, companies, and an abundance of volunteer hours. In addition to expanding the free Community Food Share program, McQuillen says the improvements enabled Common Roots to bring programs for children to the land with a focus on stewardship of natural resources and nutrition. “Educational programs with an emphasis on nutrition have been our hallmark for eight years. Common Roots has invested in this beautiful home in order to ‘grow’ our food education and food access programs. Thanks to the support of generous volunteers and local companies, we are pleased to have both space and equipment to offer valuable programs to members of the community,” said McQuillen.