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Repair day an affair for volunteers

Repair day an affair for volunteers
Repair day an affair for volunteers
Ronnie Dirck, along with his crew from Lincoln Hills Christian Church in Corydon, paints a house near Elizabeth during the 11th annual Repair Affair of Harrison County. Approximately 300 volunteers donated their time and handiwork Saturday to help homeowners with property repair and beautification at 25 different sites. (Photo by Lindsey Corley)

More than 300 volunteers picked up their hammers and nails this weekend to participate in the 11th annual Repair Affair of Harrison County.
John Daily, president of Repair Affair of Harrison County, said this year’s 25 sites brings the total number of sites repaired to 265 and the number of volunteers, which increased by 30 percent last year, show that the people of Harrison County ‘have really embraced the Repair Affair program.’
The day began with a breakfast for all 300 workers at Old Capitol United Methodist Church in Corydon.
‘We feed them breakfast, give them water, soft drinks, fruit, cookies and snacks for the day,’ Daily said. ‘We supply all volunteers with a pizza lunch, plus a T-shirt for volunteering.’
At the site off Morgan’s Lane, near Elizabeth, about 20 volunteers, all from Lincoln Hills Christian Church in Corydon, showed up to scrape paint from the house to prime it for painting and put on a new roof. There were volunteers of all ages, from youth volunteers to the pastor of the church himself, the Rev. Webster Oglesby.
All volunteers were scheduled to be on-site about 8:30 that morning and, as of 10 a.m., Kevin Jones, member of Lincoln Hills, said they were already looking for a runner to provide them with more materials.
Jones said he had participated in Repair Affair before, but a lot of the crew members were first-timers and it was the first time Lincoln Hills had participated with its own team.
They finished up mid-afternoon, Jones said, and the homeowner, a woman named Dorothy, came outside to greet the crew.
‘She was ecstatic,’ Jones said.
Repair Affair is completely funded by donations from the county, and Daily said it would be impossible without support from the people, groups and businesses of Harrison County.
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