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Posted on: March 6, 2018

Home Buddies

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The City of Louisburg and the Ministerial Alliance are joining forces to help those that need assistance in cleaning up their yards and also those that need help with small fix-it projects around their homes. The first clean-up events are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14 and 21. Volunteers that would like to help out should meet at City Park to receive a project list.

The program, Home Buddies, will match volunteers with homeowners that need assistance. Home Buddies will help with yard work that could include raking leaves, cleaning gutters, trimming bushes and cleaning out flower beds.

The Ministerial Alliance is working with member churches to find skilled workers that can take on small fix-it projects. This might include fixing broken windows or screens, replacing a defective electrical outlet, minor painting, putting up shelves or fixing a toilet or leaky faucet. The member churches have teams ready to participate and other volunteers are encouraged to lend a hand.

Applications are now being taken for the Home Buddies program. Those that need assistance can sign up here. Volunteers that would like to lend a hand can sign up by the same method or show up at City Park at 9 a.m. on either or both Saturdays for their assignment. Volunteers are asked to bring rakes, pruners and other hand-held tools.

While the City will accept applications, the Ministerial Alliance will review the applications and select the projects to work on with assistance determined on a case-by-case basis based on volunteer skills and availability and work needed to be done. Seniors are encouraged to sign up for the program. Others may also sign up but may or may not receive assistance based on these parameters. This might include single-parent families, unemployed or under employed, those dealing with a long-term illness and veterans.

If there is enough interest in the program, it may continue on a monthly basis. For more information, contact Jean Carder at the City of Louisburg at jcarder@louisburgkansas.gov or 913-837-5371.  

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