Brick House director wins Fritz award
TURNERS FALLS — Jared Libby, an employee of The Brick House, a community resource center in Turners Falls, has been named this year’s recipient of the Mike Fritz Community Builder Award.
The Communities That Care Coalition presents the award each fall to an individual who helps support youth and community development. It is named after Fritz, a local businessman who helped start the coalition in 2002.
Libby, a 32-year-old South Deerfield resident, has been with The Brick House since 2003 and has served as director of operations for the past three years.
His duties include managing grants, overseeing facilities and “working with community partners to identify and address the needs of youth and families in Montague and Gill, especially in Turners Falls,” he said.
Coalition leaders said that during a recent grant application, Libby sought to bring services to both The Brick House and other local organizations.
“Instead of trying to create community career development in The Brick House and hire somebody, he was, like, ‘We already have these resources. Let’s weave them into The Brick House,’” said Kara McLaughlin, of the Gill-Montague Community School Partnership.
Libby said that the award wouldn’t have been possible without the employees and volunteers he works alongside every day.
“Everyone contributes what they can, when they can,” he said.
Libby’s wife, Sara, and their 11-week-old son, Seeger, were on hand to see him receive the award. Coalition leaders say the award is similar to the Stanley Cup in that it is passed from one recipient to the next each year.
Greenfield High School Principal Donna Woodcock received the award in 2012.
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