Tom and Liz Chrzanowski have provided Habitat for Humanity with over a decade of hard work. Since 1999, both Tom and Liz have been members of the Hammer and Saw team, volunteering their time to build with Flower City Habitat every Thursday.
“I wish we could clone them!” says Edwin Mageary, Site Supervisor for Flower City Habitat. “Tom and Liz work together really well. They’re both so knowledgeable in carpentry but they’re always willing to do anything and everything we ask. It’s fun for us to work with a couple that’s so dedicated to helping us get the house done.”
“We really endorse the work ethic of having homeowners do the sweat equity hours,” says Liz Chrzanowski of why she and her husband choose to work with Habitat for Humanity. “We also love working with the twins (Edwin and Erwin Mageary). We have used the building knowledge we’ve learned over the years to then do work on our kids’ houses!”
As members of the Hammer and Saw team, Tom and Liz volunteer weekly alongside non-skilled volunteers helping to learn building skills as they construct Rochester Habitat houses.
“This is actually my most favorite activity,” says Tom Chrzanowski. “I get a great deal of satisfaction teaching and motivating others to do jobs outside their realm of knowledge. We just love coming to volunteer here – Habitat is the one give-back activity that we couldn’t live without.”
The Chrzanowskis specialize in helping Flower City Habitat with finishing carpentry, including trim work, doors, and installation of laminate/hardwood flooring – together.
“It warms my heart to see them [Tom and Liz] coming out onsite together,” says Teresa Bianchi, Development Manager for Flower City Habitat. “With so many divorcees out there, I love the fact that Tom and Liz volunteer together. We have some, but I wish we would have more families coming out onsite and building together. We’d love to make that happen.”