Volunteers make plans for repairs

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By Lorrie Kinkade

Ladders, hammers and paintbrushes in tow, volunteers are expected to be scattered throughout the area Saturday, Sept. 27 for the annual Trimble County Repair Affair.

Since the program began in 2002, men, women and children from Trimble County and the surrounding area have pitched in to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate by making much needed repairs and modifications to their homes. With a little luck, this year will be no different.

However, event coordinator Jon Dunlap said he is concerned that last week’s windstorm might mean fewer volunteers this time around.

“I know people have their own projects to work on because of all the damage in the county. But I’m hoping they will take time away from their own property to do this for others in our community,” he said.

Work to be completed by Saturday’s Repair Affair volunteers includes repairing two roofs and one floor, building three wheelchair ramps, repairing a porch on one home and painting another.

Local Boy Scouts have already been assigned, as part of the effort, to provide “general clean-up” at one property where an elderly mother and daughter pair live. An additional roofing job, to be completed by the Baptist Builders, will begin Saturday but is expected to take up to three days to complete.

Each job completed by Repair Affair volunteers over the past six years has been selected due to the resident’s inability to complete the work themselves because of age or disability, as well as their inability to pay someone for the work. The same requirements were used this year in selecting 10 projects.

“The people we are helping need the assistance,” Dunlap said.

Donations of necessary materials and funds to purchase materials for the 2008 Trimble County Repair Affair were provided by Milton and Bedford Baptist churches, Bedford Loan & Deposit Bank, Valley View Landfill, Shelby Electric RECC, Farm Bureau, Morgan Drug Store and several individuals.

Along with the Baptist Builders and Boy Scouts, other groups committed to Saturday’s event are the boys and girls Trimble County High School basketball teams, Bedford Baptist Church youth and Milton Baptist Church. Additional volunteers are welcome to participate, regardless of experience or training, as a lead person and two experienced workers will be on site at each job. Volunteers may bring their own tools, however it is not required. Paintbrushes and other supplies will be provided.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the senior citizen center at Trimble County Park Saturday morning by 7:30 a.m. Breakfast will be provided prior to teams being dispatched to their jobs and lunch will be delivered to the jobsites.

For more information on how, through Repair Affair, you can help make a home more suitable for an elderly or disabled Trimble County resident, contact Jon Dunlap at 255-3287.