Habitat for Humanity Launches Fundraising Effort to Replace $20,000 Worth
of Stolen Tools from Exeter Construction Site

PRESS RELEASE – September 26, 2018 For Immediate Release For more information, contact: Cliff Tyler, phone: 401-213-6711 x308 cliff@southcountyhabitat.org

Habitat for Humanity Launches Fundraising Effort to Replace $20,000 Worth of Stolen Tools from Exeter Construction Site

Exeter, R.I. Sometime between the evening of September 24th and the morning of September 25th, thieves broke into a construction trailer for South County Habitat for Humanity, stealing over $20,000 in tools and equipment. Habitat recently started construction of a duplex home in Exeter and the theft was discovered Tuesday morning when crews showed up to work on the house. The theft not only causes an unplanned financial burden for the organization, but also creates a delay in construction of the home for two families in need of decent and affordable housing.

“It’s very disheartening when something like this happens” said Colin Penney, Executive Director at South County Habitat for Humanity. “It makes a tremendous impact on our efforts of helping families find affordable housing in the area. It’s hard to build a house without any tools or equipment for our volunteers to use, but we are focused on minimizing the delay and impact on these two families that the house is for.”

To replace the stolen tools and equipment as quickly as possible, South County Habitat has launched a fundraising program to help purchase replacement equipment. For those interested in helping in this effort, please click here to donate.

Most of the stolen tools and equipment were marked with “SCHH” on them. We encourage anyone with information about the stolen tools and equipment to contact Trooper Lanoie at the Rhode Island State Police, Hope Valley Barracks, 401-444-1068.

About South County Habitat for Humanity South County Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more general information, call 401-213-6711 or go to our website at www.southcountyhabitat.org.

For more information contact Colin Penney, Executive Director 401-213-6711

We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support in response to our recent tool theft. Many of you have asked where, what and how to donate tools. If you have tools you would like to donate please bring them to our ReStore and Operations Center at 1555 Shannock Road, Charlestown, RI Monday - Saturday 9-4. The staff know to set aside all tools for the 'Tool Recovery Project'. 

Below is a (non-exhaustive) list of tools that we hope to replace (we will be updating quanitities needed as we receive donations). All donors will recieve a tax-deductible form for your donation:

  • 2 - 6-Gallon/150psi  Air Compressors
  • 8 - Dewalt Battery operated Drills/Drivers - 18 or 20 volt
  • 10 - Dewalt 18 or 20 Volt Lithium Ion Batteries
  • 4 - Dewalt 18 or 20 Volt Battery Chargers
  • 20 - Gecko Siding Guides
  • Hammers (various sizes)
  • Tape Measures
  • 2 - 6' Folding Plastic Tables
  • 4 -12 gauge 100 ft. Extension Cords
  • 4 - 100 ft. Compressor Hoses
  • 1 - 12lb. Sledge Hammer
  •  Eye Protection/safety glasses

Photos of the Exeter Construction site