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Jan 2022 Resident Ramp project

Completed CFAC Millsboro Ramp Project

Ramp and more project complete!

On January 2022 this project came to completion. It included a ramp for access in and out of the house, reinforcement of a soft spot in the kitchen floor near the refrigerator, and installation of a vertical grab bar in the bathroom to help resident get in and out of the tub/shower.

“All three projects are done (ramp, grab bar, and floor repair) and they are all beautiful. People who have seen the ramp are raving about it,” commented Ronald H. of Millsboro

CFAC sponsors Eagle Scout project

CFAC sponsors Eagle Scout project

New Camp Barnes waterfront sign and landscaping complete!

In October, 2021, CFAC listened to a project proposal from Eagle Scout Dalton Facer. In order to earn his Eagle Rank, he needed to complete an Eagle project. He wanted to install a new waterfront sign, complete with landscaping, at Camp Barnes in Frankford, DE.

Moved by the presentation and bright young man, CFAC decided to sponsor the project with a monetary donation. The photo above shows the finished sign in February 2022.

Resident Ramp Project March 2020

New ramp for area resident project complete!

After careful review, Contractors for a Cause came together and completed this project in early 2020. One CFAC member created and provided basic plans and supplies needed for the ramp while another CFAC member, on short notice, completed the project. The side railing of the porch was removed and a ramp with a switchback and platform was constructed along the front of the house to provide this area resident with greater mobility to enter and exit her home without injuring herself.

Review by the resident:

“I would like to thank the amazing group of contractors who came out to my home and built me a ramp.  With 2 injured knees, I was in a wheelchair and was homebound as I couldn’t go up and down my stairs.  This ramp gave me back my freedom and I can’t thank all of you enough.  You were a God send to me!  Thank you again!” – Melody P.

See the after, during and before photos below.

John M. Clayton Elementary Playground Project December 2020

Contractors for a Cause volunteers for John M. Clayton Elementary School project

The John M. Clayton Elementary project complete!

About 40 community volunteers visited John M. Clayton Elementary School on Thursday, December 10 to assist in the construction of the school’s new enhanced playground.

The project was funded by the JMC PTO with donations from several local businesses. The expanded playground features inclusive equipment, mulch, a border and a ramp.

Contractors for a Cause joined community sponsors Mountaire Farms, High Tide Church, Bank of Delmarva, Marnie Custom Homes, The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation and East Sussex Moose Lodge 2542. Representatives of these organizations were on hand to assist in the installation.

Oak Orchard Boys and Girls Club Revamp

Oak Orchard Boys and Girls Club revamp

The Oak Orchard Boys and Girls Club revamp

Thank you to all those that volunteered, and provided supplies, for the Oak Orchard Boys and Girls Club revamp. Check out this facebook video for the before and after photos.

Camp Barnes Project

Camp Barnes Pavilion CFAC

The Camp Barnes project has been underway for the past 2 years

It is a 75 year old camp in Sussex county that has served under privileged children, mostly from the inner city. This camp is a nonprofit run by the Delaware State Police.

CFAC has donated labor and financial help to renovate eight cabins over the last two years. See before and after photos below. This winter we will be renovating the outdoor pavilion where the kids eat. The pavilion is 30' x 60' and shown above. We will be installing a new roof, screen panel siding, and metal ceiling with fans. The project is scheduled to be completed in March 2021.

Camp Barnes and CFAC continue to improve the camp. The latest project completed the renovations to the pavilion and the administration building in 2021. The nurses cabin is the last building needing renovation and we hope to assist with this project also this year.

Helping Hands OV Historical Society Hall's Store Replica/ Event Center Project June 2020

Ocean View Historical Society Replica Store June 2020

Letter from Dr. Richard Nippes, Ocean View Historical Society board member ...

What a blessing to have leaders in the community that have created a non-profit organization to service the less fortunate in our community with shelter needs and the lack of financial means to pay for the services. The Ocean View Historical Society (OVHS), working to preserve local history, had become aware of the great work Contractors for a Cause had performed in the community, in particular the Justin Jennings house in Bethany Beach. We discovered that Mark Hardt of Miranda, Hardt & O’Leary had played an instrumental role in the formation of Contractors for a Cause. We contacted him about his construction firm building our new Event Center, a facility that could host community programs and provide meeting space for local organizations. We also asked Mark if he thought Contractors for a Cause might be interested in partnering with our non-profit to build this much needed facility.

After Mark presented this idea to the Contractors for a Cause Board Members, they found it to be a worthwhile project and felt it was in line with their organization’s mission statement. Mark Hardt assumed the role of organizing contractors that volunteered to participate, according to their area of expertise, and the Event Center began to take form. This building is unique in that it was built by contractors who live and work in the community in which the Event Center will serve. These contractors constructed this building to the highest standards and completed it way under budget. Prominently positioned next to the Town Park, and in the center of the Historical Village of Ocean View, OVHS has received numerous accolades for the design and quality of workmanship this building exudes. This Event Center is sure to provide a valuable service to the community for many years to come.

Contractors for a Cause is truly a community based organization, whose members donate their time and skills to not only assist local organizations such as OVHS, but also service the elderly and veterans in the community that have housing repair needs but do not have the financial means to pay for them. This organization deserves full support of the community in its fundraising activities.  Without the support of Contractors for a Cause, the Ocean View Historical Society Event Center would still be a dream rather than a reality.

DE First Awards Dinner
Jan. 31st, 2020

DE Golf Tournament
Oct. 4th, 2019

Cause Foundation’s Fall Golf Classic Oct. 4. at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club 1

MD Golf Tournament

Helping Hands OV Historical Society Project
June 30th, 2017

Ocean View Historical Society Replica Store June 2020

Published in the Coastal Point newspaper
June 30, 2017
By Maria Counts
Staff Reporter

Two local non-profits are coming together to bring history to life, benefitting the community in the process.

Recently, Contractors for a Cause was approached by the Ocean View Historical Society regarding their efforts to build a replica of Hall’s Store — a re-creation based on the general store that “gave rise” to the town of Ocean View. The resulting structure will be a visitor’s center and education center housing local artifacts, a meeting room, kitchenette and restrooms.

“It’s a win-win for both of us,” said Mark Hardt, a charter member of and director of scholarships and membership for Contractors for a Cause, as well as co-owner of Miranda & Hardt Contracting. “We’re both 501(c)3’s. It’s a total giveback to the community.

“The front end of this is going to be the replication store/museum,” he explained, “and then the back end is going to be an event center.”

On June 26, Contractors took their first step in helping the historical society, by razing the garage that once sat on the society’s historic complex.

“Our next big move is going to be in September, with the foundation going in and the building going up. We’re going to have lots of fundraising between now and then,” said Hardt.

The organization will be donating financially to the society, as well as giving at least 200 man-hours to the actual construction of it.

“We’re also going to try to get our supplies, to see the value of this, as far as the community, and maybe get some donations to help reduce the cost,” added Hardt. “They have a pretty large campaign here. This isn’t just the building, it’s the entire infrastructure — the sewer, the water, pavers… This is like a mini-Williamsburg for Ocean View.”

“They’re giving us a great deal of expertise, because they think, for the community, it’s a very worthwhile project,” said OVHS’s Richard Nippes. “That’s why this whole partnership is so phenomenal. We are just thrilled to have them partner with us.”

Contractors is a non-profit formed by area contractors who were looking to give back to the community. The organization has three areas of focus — Helping Hands, which provides disadvantaged community members free services and professional advice in the field of home construction, maintenance and repair; a scholarship for two local high school senior graduates; and the Good Neighbor program, under which the historic society project falls.

“Most of our organization is made up of contractors,” said Contractors President Garth Troescher of Garth Enterprises. “Most of them are in the trade, so they’re very familiar with the kind of stuff we need to do — put a roof on someone’s house or fix a bunch of broken windows, and a lot of people can’t afford it.”

Perhaps the best-known Contractors project is Justin’s Beach House, run by the Justin W. Jennings Foundation, offering families dealing with cancer a respite at the beach.

“Quite often, we’ll do a fundraiser for a specific purpose,” said Troescher.

Some of their fundraising events include an annual golf tournament, as well as a Family Fun Day in September.

“We get local restaurants to donate their time and food. Last year, we had over 550 people there. We held it at the Ocean View VFW. That particular fundraiser, we raised well over $30,000 in one day to help a local concrete guy who had Stage 4 cancer,” said Troescher. “So the money helped him and his family with all the troubles they had to go through and all the bills.”

Troescher said Contractors is currently working with ACTS to build things like handicapped ramps for veterans, mostly of the Vietnam era.

“We do a lot of those kinds of things,” he said. “Mark did a project two years back for this elderly lady. Her roof was leaking; she was living on $700 a month Social Security. Her house was paid for, but she couldn’t fix her roof. She couldn’t afford it.

“When we found out about it, there were literally 30 buckets in the house to hold the water, and the floor was rotten. We fixed it, replaced the roof. Then we went into the house and fixed the substructure. It was all for a good cause, and we felt great at the end because we helped this lady out. That’s what we do.”

Troescher said he would encourage anyone in the community who is in need to apply to Contractors for assistance.

“We would love to have more of the community reach out to us for their needs,” he said, noting all projects are first approved by a committee. “We would like to find more projects.”

Contractors is also always looking for new members, if anyone in the community wants to get involved.

“It doesn’t have to be contractors. It can be anyone who wants to help out in any kind of way,” he said. “I’m very interested in helping and giving back because I’m very blessed for everything I’ve had.”

As for their new partnership with OVHS, both parties said they are very excited.

“It’s just unbelievable that community groups like this are willing to work together for the good of the community. This is a project that will bring visitors from all over the state,” said Nippes.

“Our commitment to this [came from] its history, and it’s something that’s going to keep on giving for generations,” added Hardt. “This is a very good project for us to commune on. The Ocean View Historical Society is very, very committed to this project. And it’s easy to work with people who are committed to a project.”

Hardt added that he hadn’t been aware the society existed until they were approached about the partnership, but he has since learned of their offerings.

“Now I know a lot, and it’s neat learning the history about Mrs. Steele’s chicken house and the post office. They host field trips from Lord Baltimore here so they can see the outhouse…”

Currently, the complex, located next to John West Park in Ocean View, is operating with summer hours and will be open every Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m., until Labor Day. Adults and children alike will be able to tour the restored 1860 Tunnell-West family home, a two-seater outhouse and water pump, the town’s first free-standing post office, circa 1889, and Cecile Steele’s first chicken house, circa 1923, free of charge.

The society is also in the midst of its capital campaign and selling engraved bricks that businesses and community members may purchase to financially support the building of the education center. They are also working with a grant-writer and received a $100,000 grant from the Crystal Trust Foundation earlier this year.

The society plans to host a house tour on Oct. 7 and an auction fundraiser in September.

OVHS President Barbara Slavis said the partnership with Contractors has been fabulous.

“This is really what gets the whole community excited, when Contractors for a Cause shows an interest!”

“It’s a win-win for everyone and a good way to get the community involved in seeing what we as Contractors for a Cause do, but also make them aware of what’s going on here,” Troescher added of the Ocean View Historic Complex.

The Ocean View Historical Complex is located at 39 Central Avenue in Ocean View. Free parking is available in the Ocean View Town parking lots adjacent to John West Park.

Those who are interested in donating to the Ocean View Historical Society may mail donations to the Ocean View Historical Society, P.O. Box 576, Ocean View, DE 19970. For more information regarding the Ocean View Historical Society and upcoming events, visit Those interested in donating to the society or becoming a member can visit

For more information about Contractors for a Cause, to donate or volunteer, visit call (302) 537-8048.