Group’s annual repairs an awesome affair
Wow! This is incredible!
Those were the words I uttered to myself earlier this month when I walked into the fellowship hall at Old Capitol United Methodist Church in Corydon.
The room was packed with dozens of people who had risen early on Saturday, Oct. 13, and gathered for a common purpose: to help others who could not physically help themselves. They had volunteered to be part of the 10th annual Repair Affair of Harrison County.
Perhaps these 330 volunteers could have slept in on this particular morning. Or, rather than spend the day working at someone else’s home, most likely that of a stranger, they could have spent the day doing chores at their own homes.
Instead, they gave most of their day to Repair Affair. Some of the volunteers have participated in every single one of the events.
Gathered were church groups, business employees and individuals. Some have construction expertise; others were willing to do whatever was asked of them. This year, they were divided into 23 teams to work on 27 jobs. Before heading to their work sites, they were treated to breakfast prepared by members of Pfrimmer’s Chapel United Methodist Church, something they have done for many years.
During the past 10 years, I have gone to some of the work sites and photographed the volunteers as they worked on their various projects. One of the most common projects is the construction of a handicap ramp, enabling the homeowner easier access to their home. But the teams have done many other projects, including painting, repairing roofs and fixing plumbing problems.
So, while I knew that it took many volunteers to complete the couple dozen or so projects they do each year, this year was the first time I had the opportunity to see them all gathered together in one place. It was incredible to have this visual. And this year was the largest group ever.
Steve Shetter, one of the driving forces behind bringing Repair Affair to Harrison County, said several people ‘jumped on the bandwagon early on’ to make the event such a success. And, in addition, to the volunteers who do the manual labor, there are many businesses that help by making monetary donations or giving discounts on needed supplies, as well as others that supply food for the laborers.
Shetter praised everyone involved for their determination to get jobs done here for county residents. He said they bring talent and passion to the event.
There will always be residents in the county who need some assistance in order to remain in their homes a little while longer. With more volunteers and donors, Repair Affair can continue to grow and make that happen.
If you’re interested in splashing some paint and bending some nails, something Shetter charges the volunteers to do each year, then contact someone with Repair Affair and be ready next year on the second Saturday of October. Rain or shine, they could use you.