Habitat for Humanity

You may remember how Nate helped do some construction work in the spring. A friend of ours had purchased two homes in need of renovation and Nate was thrilled to be helping out a real life remodeling. He pulled up carpet, helped install electricity and plumbing, took out old nails from the wall, spackled the holes and painted.


His aide brought him to a Habitat for Humanity project last week to check it out. When they were done, Nate got in the car and said, “I’ve never felt so alive!” Today was his first day on the job and here’s his report, in his own words:

It all started today when Elise and I checked out the brand new home in Mt. Vision, a home being built by Habitat for Humanity. There were several people, a lot of workers there that were doing the insulating. I helped cut the excess yellow insulation out by the windows.

I helped carry big rocks from the area that would later become a grassy area. I took the big rocks to an empty area by the river.

Elsie and I helped burn stuff. There was a lot of branches with pine needles. I made a forest fire! It reminded me of the one from the Disney movie Bambi.

Needless to say, he’ll be back next week.


About Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz is the former Mayor of Cooperstown, the “Birthplace of Baseball” and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. His latest book, Split Season:1981 - Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball, (Thomas Dunne Books, 2015), received national attention, with coverage appearing in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Sporting News and NPR’s Only a Game, among others. Katz appeared on ESPN’s Olbermann and The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap and MLB Network’s MLB Now, with Brian Kenny. Split Season: 1981 was a finalist for the 2016 Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year.
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