Volunteers ready to repair homes in Harrison
Twenty-three teams of volunteers will be busy in a few weeks making repairs, as well as doing other things, to homes scattered throughout Harrison County.
The event is the fifth annual Repair Affair of Harrison County, which takes place this year on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Repair Affair brings community volunteers and corporate sponsors together in a one-day, county-wide effort to provide moderate repairs to the homes of low-income elderly and low-income disabled residents.
Karolyn Mangeot, a Repair Affair board member who recruits volunteers, said 400 cards were mailed out to potential workers.
“We also have a couple of new team leaders,” she said.
Team leaders met Sept. 24 to select which sites they will oversee.
Projects include installing and painting doors, renailing soffit, repairing flooring, installing smoke detectors and replacing batteries in old detectors, building decks and handicap ramps, caulking windows and doors, replacing old doors, replacing paneling, renailing loose siding, replacing shingles, installing weather stripping, replacing glass, cleaning gutters and downspouts, sealing driveways, trimming limbs and checking plumbing.
The projects are chosen by a site selection committee from referrals made to Harrison County Community Services. (Harrison County Community Services provides smoke detectors to homes that need them.)
Priority was given to homes that need work to make them safer or more accessible, which will hopefully allow Harrison County residents to continue to live independently in their homes.
“We’re seeing some new (referrals) that we’ve never seen before and some that maybe we didn’t get to before,” said Shirley Hawkins, Harrison County Community Services executive director who also serves on the Repair Affair board.
Persons interested in volunteering to help make repairs should meet at Old Capitol United Methodist Church, south of downtown Corydon, on Oct. 19 at 7:30 a.m. A pancake breakfast, prepared by Pfrimmer’s Chapel United Methodist Church, will be served to workers before they are divided into teams and sent to the various work sites.
Sites are located in Central Barren, Corydon, Crandall, Depauw, Elizabeth, Mauckport, New Middletown, New Salisbury, Palmyra and Ramsey.
“We really worked at making this a county-wide event,” said Steve Shetter, who chairs the Repair Affair of Harrison County.
A light lunch will be delivered to the job sites for the volunteers.
Materials and items for volunteer support are made possible through corporate and individuals sponsors. Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation can mail the contribution to: Repair Affair of Harrison County, 544 E. High St., Corydon, IN 47112.