Tuesday, September 15, 2009


[Received this press release from Sparkle Media this evening.]

Trumbull-nelson invites public to volunteer for ABC's EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION project

Volunteers Urged to Register Online to Build Community in the Upper Valley

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the Emmy award-winning hit show on ABC Television, is coming to the Upper Valley to surprise one lucky family with a life-changing, extreme home makeover. While the name of the family and the location of the home site cannot be released until September 28, one of five nominated families in the Upper Valley will be selected.

In a press conference today, Trumbull-Nelson Construction announced that it is seeking hundreds of volunteers to build a complete new house in less than one week. A coalition of Upper Valley community service organizations is joining forces with Trumbull-Nelson to recruit and lead volunteers who will provide support services to the construction and design crews. Anne Duncan Cooley, Executive Director of the Upper Valley Housing Coalition and Julia Hadlock, Executive Director of the Upper Valley United Way expressed their organizations’ expectations for long-term benefits from this high visibility opportunity.

While Trumbull-Nelson Construction has built hundreds of homes, they have never built one in which all of the construction materials, labor, and furnishings need to be donated. “We know that this is going to be a crazy, exhausting, and rewarding experience for all us involved, but we are extremely honored to be chosen by ABC to make this dream happen,” said Trumbull-Nelson President Larry Ufford.

At the press conference Ufford, along with Project Manager Jim Odorisio, Director of Operations Ken Merrow and Marketing Director Steve Usle encouraged prospective volunteers to learn more about the opportunities to volunteer with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition by visiting the dedicated website, www.tnbuildcommunity.com. There is an online registration form for volunteers, including the option to select a preferred shift and a place to list special skills.

About EMHE
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” which has won back-to-back Emmy Awards as Best Reality Program (non-competitive), is entering its 6th season on ABC. The program is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. Conrad Rickettes is the executive producer; and David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA.

About Trumbull-Nelson
Founded in 1917, Trumbull-Nelson Construction Company, Inc., has been serving northern New England clients for the past 90 years. They have grown from their start as a builder of fine homes in the Hanover area to be the Upper Valley's largest General Contractor, specializing in all types of institutional, commercial, industrial, and residential construction. Through the time-honored approach of delivering personal and professional service with integrity, they have become one of northern New England's most respected construction firms.

About Vital Communities
Vital Communities engages citizens, organizations, and communities in creating solutions to our region’s challenges. It is an incubator for grass-roots initiatives that address the quality of life in the upper Connecticut River Valley. Among the programs and partnerships operating under the aegis of Vital Communities are Valley Quest, Valley Food & Farm, Leadership Upper Valley, Local First Alliance, Upper Valley Transportation Management Association and Upper Valley Housing Coalition. For more information and to learn about how to get involved, go to www.vitalcommunities.org

About Upper Valley United Way
Upper Valley United Way is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health, the building blocks for a good life. United Way’s goal is to create long lasting changes that prevent problems for happening in the first place. Together, united with engaged citizens, local business leaders and community non-profit partners from the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire, United Way can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow.