FITCHBURG -- The local North Central Massachusetts affiliate of Habitat for Humanity is planning a trip to another country in 2014. Initial planning will begin at a meeting at the Thayer Memorial Library in Lancaster on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m.

Anyone interested in travelling with Habitat to another country to help build for those in desperate need of decent shelter is welcome to attend the meeting. Local residents who have travelled to other countries with what Habitat for Humanity International calls a Global Village trip will be there to speak of their experiences. The purpose of Global Village trips is to introduce people to the extreme problems of poverty housing while also getting them interested in the local work of Habitat for Humanity.

Information regarding the program is available at Questions can also be directed to local Executive Director Maggie Monroe-Cassel at 978-348-2749, ext. 206, or Those interested in travelling with the local group will learn more at the meeting about possible destinations and costs for the weeklong trip.

Volunteers who want to work on Habitat houses throughout north central Massachusetts can sign up by visiting the Habitat website at and clicking on the Volunteer tab. If the internet isn't an option, volunteers can register by calling 978-348-2749.


Volunteers are also welcome to work with families, help in the office, and fill many other behind-the-scenes needs.

For information about applying for a Habitat home, visit or contact the office at or 978-348-2749.