Volunteers with Catholic Heart Work Camp were in West Point last week to complete home repair projects through Rebuilding Together Platte Valley East. One of those Volunteers was Caroline Turski.
Catholic Heart Work Camp is an annual event and has camps located around the country. This year approximately 250 students ranging from 8th grade to 12th grade attended the Fremont camp. Students and adult team leaders come from all areas of the United States and many of the volunteers register to participate for as many years as they can.
Turski says one of the projects was for a West Point woman and her family.
Volunteers from Catholic Heart Work Camp (CHWC) worked diligently to complete these projects in four short, not to mention hot and humid, days. The students were eager to learn new things and when they were done with one task were always ready to move on to the next task.
Volunteer Cindy Burrows says Catholic Heart Work Camp is all about helping those in need.
Burrows says volunteer groups also went to a farm outside of Fremont and worked there.
CHWC mission is SERVICE, CONNECTION and LOVING OTHERS. It was evident each one of the volunteers and team leaders were dedicated to this mission. Their mission helped Rebuilding Together complete their mission of REPAIRING HOMES, REVITALIZING COMMUNITIES and REPAIRING LIVES.
Volunteer Christian Tomczyk with St. Leonard’s Parish from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, says they completed work at one home halfway into their stay.
The project included installation of two new porches with handrails, yard clean up and an old, buckled sidewalk, which was a potential trip hazard, was replaced with a new walkway with steps to provide the homeowner easier access to the mailbox.
Tomczyk says the work is so rewarding.
The homeowners and volunteers definitely created a special bond over the four days. One homeowner would have lunch with the groups that were working at her home, the other homeowner called a few days later to thank the organizations again because she was now able to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air on her new porch, something she had not been able to do for a long time.
A $15,000 Lowe’s grant was awarded to provide project funding for materials, one of which was for a home in West Point.
Quality Construction was contacted to complete the roof and window repairs. Roofing materials were purchased at Lowe’s per the grant requirements; however, other supplies that were necessary to complete the project were purchased locally at many of the area businesses.
Rebuilding Together Platte Valley East has several other projects that we are working on here in Cuming County. If you would like to get involved by volunteering, donating or would like to apply for services, please contact Carla at firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 380-3275.
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