According to Bob Nilsson, Director of the recycling center and member of the Board of Directors for Lagom Landing, volunteers at the center, some of whom are teens from Livonia high school, sometimes need some shelter from harsh winter weather while working near the refuse dumpsters, and the students with Lagom Landing stepped up to the task.
“We get a lot of volunteers at the center,” said Nilsson. “High school students come from Livonia for their community service for government class. The conditions out there can get pretty harsh, so I asked the founders at Lagom Landing about our need for a new warming hut.”
College-age students found and repurposed the materials they needed from recycling centers as far away as Buffalo, and used it to build the frame, door and windows. The only purchases were basic materials for roofing, siding, trim, and hardware.
The hut was prefabricated at the Lagom Landing workshop in Dansville and loaded into the bed of a pickup truck, where it was taken to the CLEAN center and installed in a matter of hours. To the founders of Lagom Landing, the work their volunteers do not only benefits the community and promotes sustainable workmanship but helps keep young people interested and engaged in the trades.
“A lot of people are concerned that the trades are not seen as a viable career option for young people anymore,” said Laurel Nelson, co-founder of Lagom Landing. “There is a huge opportunity here at Lagom Landing, not only because our training creates job opportunities for young people, but because those jobs, carpenters, electricians, and masons, are the ones that civilization truly depends on.”
PHOTO CAPTION: (L-R) Co-founder of Logam Landing Rock Castor, with students Chris Wilson, Brooklyn, NY; Liam Kohler, Syracuse; Derek Burnaford, Hartford, CT.