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Repair Affair seeks more jobs

It’s not too late to submit a referral for the sixth annual Repair Affair of Harrison County.
The group’s board of directors has a goal of 25 projects for the fall annual event.
‘We could use a few more applications,’ John Daily said Thursday at the group’s meeting.
To date, 24 applications have been received, but, board members said, some of those won’t qualify and others will have their repairs made prior to Oct. 18, the date of this year’s Repair Affair.
Referrals should be directed to Shirley Raymond at Harrison County Community Services (738-8143).
The site selection committee will inspect the referrals to select which ones will be projects this year, giving priority to homes that need work to make them safe, dry, warm, habitable and accessible. Repair Affair’s goal is to allow Harrison County residents to continue to live independently in their homes.
Last year, 225 people volunteered to work at 26 sites, doing everything from building handicap ramps to replacing decks and roofs for homeowners. In some cases, the labor enabled the residents to remain in their homes longer.
Individuals and groups interested in volunteering for the event should contact Richard and Karolyn Mangeot at 952-2273.
‘We’re always interested in crew leaders and volunteers,’ Karolyn Mangeot said.
Some groups that have helped in the past have already said they won’t be available this year, so Repair Affair board members hope new groups will fill that void.
On event day, Oct. 18, volunteers should meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Corydon Presbyterian Church, 568 W. Highway 62. (In the past, the group has met for breakfast and instructions at Old Capitol United Methodist Church, so board members are trying to get the word out early of the new location.)
Once there, they will receive last-minute instructions, along with breakfast, before departing, in teams, to their assigned sites. In general, no specific skills are required although some sites will have specialized needs, such as roofers or electricians. Workers are asked to bring ‘light tools’ if they have them.
Volunteers also receive a T-shirt, lunch and drinks.
This year, the Repair Affair board is looking at a ‘follow-up day’ to finish any work that doesn’t get completed on event day.
Money for materials and volunteer support is donated by corporate and individual sponsors. To make a donation, call Steve Shetter at 738-9670. Monetary donations can be mailed to: Repair Affair of Harrison County, 544 E. High St., Corydon, IN 47112.
Repair Affair’s next board meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 21, at noon at the Old Capital Golf Club in Corydon.