Boy Scout builds for Neighbor-to-Neighbor

Pictured from left in the front row are Neighbor to Neighbor Executive Director Nancy Coughlin, Dan Wurst, R.J. Lombardi, Matthew Hall, Ryan Olesen, Eric Knorr and Neighbor to Neighbor Food Pantry Coordinator Guy Petiford. In the back row is Cristian Fitzgerald.

Pictured from left in the front row are Neighbor to Neighbor Executive Director Nancy Coughlin, Dan Wurst, R.J. Lombardi, Matthew Hall, Ryan Olesen, Eric Knorr and Neighbor to Neighbor Food Pantry Coordinator Guy Petiford. In the back row is Cristian Fitzgerald.

On Jan. 12, 14-year-old Matthew Hall, of Greenwich, completed the final phase of his Eagle Scout project at local food pantry Neighbor-to-Neighbor. A crew of 17 volunteers gathered at Neighbor-to-Neighbor to install custom-made shelving and help organize the food and clothing storage unit. Boy Scouts from Troop 10 in Cos Cob got busy with screw guns to complete the final assembly and installation of 80 feet of shelving space.

Neighbor-to-Neighbor, Greenwich’s food pantry and clothing room, is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving residents in need throughout the Greenwich area. Matthew’s project will help keep the storage unit organized and provide additional space for food and clothing storage.

Matthew is no stranger to Neighbor-to-Neighbor. Throughout his Boy Scout career, he logged many volunteer hours in the food pantry. Matthew saw first-hand how clients come to the food pantry and clothing room and are so appreciative for the helping hand.

Working closely with Neighbor-to-Neighbor Executive Director Nancy Coughlin, and Food Pantry and Stock Coordinator Guy Petiford, Matthew’s project was chartered as building a shelving unit in the storage pod. Matthew created a computer drawing with scaled dimensions for approval.

With approved drawings, Matthew enlisted the help of this father’s company to machine the parts needed for the project. Hall’s Edge Inc., in Stamford, specializes in cabinet part machining and architectural millwork for the professional cabinet maker. Matthew and another Scout received training on how to operate Hall’s Edge computer numeric control router and edgebander to manufacturer the parts. Using all reclaimed scraps of material, 160 parts were soon ready for the assembly crew. Six more scouts were recruited for the assembly phase to glue and screw the 32 boxes together.

Including planning, organizing and building, Matthew spent more than 40 hours on this Eagle project. His 20 volunteers logged an additional 107 hours. Matthew is now hoping to achieve his Eagle rank in June.

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