Habitat for Humanity's construction in West Wareham, Mass., was made easier because of the contribution of a business neighbor - a local environmental drilling company.

Pictured (from left) are Kim and Alyssa Robbins, Habitat for Humanity home purchasers; DRAGIN drilling foreman, Todd Collins; Jack Beck and Bob Shedd, Habitat for Humanity; Janet Bessey of Adams Sanitary Service; and Bessey's two children, Adam and Amy. Adams Sanitary Service, W. Wareham, Mass., also donated services to the project.

Habitat for Humanity's construction on a two-bedroom ranch in West Wareham, Mass., was made easier because of the contribution of a business neighbor - a local environmental drilling company.

DRAGIN Drilling, Wareham, Mass., a full-service company that provides environmental, geotechnical, construction, landfill and water supply drilling services, donated labor and materials to construct a residential well - a $5,700 value - on the site for the Habitat for Humanity home.

Construction began in the autumn of last year. Because this area of Wareham is not on town water, house lots are required to have wells installed and tested for water quality before construction can begin. "The key to getting started was the timely response by DRAGIN Drilling," Jack Beck, building committee chairman for the Buzzards Bay Habitat for Humanity, says. "They were wonderful to be able to fit us in so quickly."

Carrie Collins, president of DRAGIN Drilling, says her four-year old company was pleased to do its part. "As a local business, we believe it is important to help our neighbors when we can," she says, adding, "Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful organization that lends a helping hand to people in need. We understand the value of a helping hand; it was that kind of spirit that got our company going four years ago. We're delighted to have the chance to help a neighbor in need."

Beck says this is the second home the local chapter has built. "Our mission is to find affordable housing for people who have a need and can afford to pay for the house. It's not a gift, but it is a real bargain." Generally, he notes, purchasers pay no interest on the loan and purchase the property significantly below market value.

Kim Robbins and her 4-year-old daughter, Alyssa, will purchase this particular home. The total area of the house will be approximately 1,000 square feet, and it will be on a 60,000 square foot lot on the Middleboro-Wareham border.

DRAGIN Drilling is a SOMWBA-Certified, Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) and Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) drilling company. The company's name was originally created as an acronym to describe its scope of services, "Deep Remedial And Groundwater Investigation Needs." A custom-designed fleet accommodates virtually every drilling need. The company's unique capabilities include auger drilling to depths up to 350 feet; screened auger sampling; collection of discrete water and soil samples from a single borehole; 24-inch landfill auger drilling; all-terrain drilling; angle drilling; and more. DRAGIN Drilling is one of the only drilling firms in the U.S. with this 24-inch auger capability.

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the Massachusetts Highway Department, the Boston Redevelopment Authority and many others have used DRAGIN Drilling's services. The company maintains its headquarters at 2696 Cranberry Highway, Wareham, Mass. 02571.