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Students Aim for Holiday Finish to Vets-Home Project

Liberty House Executive Director Keith Howard with Manchester Community College (MCC) student Michael Whitney, MCC alumnus Nate Therrien and MCC Professor Edward Curran. MCC's HVAC Club members were on-site replacing the original oil heating at the 75 West Baker Street veterans home. Liberty House Executive Director Keith Howard with Manchester Community College (MCC) student Michael Whitney, MCC alumnus Nate Therrien and MCC Professor Edward Curran. MCC's HVAC Club members were on-site replacing the original oil heating at the 75 West Baker Street veterans home.
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Posted: May 14, 2014

Manchester Community College students who are part of the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Club have set May 26, Memorial Day, as their goal to complete a veterans-home-improvement project at Liberty House in Manchester.

The student volunteers are replacing the original oil heating system at the 75 W. Baker St. home to improve the system, make it more energy efficient and save money for Liberty House, which is a nonprofit transitional home that has helped hundreds of formerly homeless veterans during the past decade.

"With a new, efficient heating system, we will be able to redirect our limited resources to help veterans get their lives back on track," Keith Howard, Liberty House's executive director, said in a release.

"The students have been planning and fundraising for this project since last October, and eight of us are working full days for two weeks to install the new system," said Michael Whitney, president of the HVAC Club and MCC senior graduating with an associate degree in HVAC.

The students raised $20,000 to fund the project, receiving donations from individuals and businesses including Bruce Merges Control Technologies Inc. of Manchester, Damon Insulation of Bow, Design Day Mechanicals of New Ipswich, F.W. Webb of Manchester, Granite State Automation of Manchester, Granite State Plumbing & Heating LLC of Weare, Home Depot, Louis P. Cote Inc. of Goffstown, Lowes of Bedford and Pensotti Boilers of Brewer, Maine.

Food donations were provided by Hannaford's Bicentennial Drive store in Hooksett, KC's Rib Shack of Manchester, Nadeau's Subs of Manchester, the Puritan Backroom of Manchester, Shorty's Mexican Roadhouse of Hooksett and the Sal's Pizza on South Willow Street in Manchester.

MCC has partnered with Liberty House since 2012, recently winning the President's Community Partner Award from Campus Compact for NH.

The MCC-Liberty House partnership has provided real-world learning experiences for MCC students in interior design, building construction and HVAC programs.

In return, MCC students have provided services that save the nonprofit veterans home financial resources.

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