Answering The Call Together Inc. (ACT) was living up to its motto serving in Plymouth, N.C. the last week of February.
ACT had 53 volunteers who did a variety of projects. The group replaced two roofs, built two wheelchair ramps, installed two hot water tanks, renovated three bathrooms, constructed a front porch and painted the interior of a home. Two of the bathrooms were made wheelchair-accessible.
Volunteers joined ACT from Minnesota, Maryland and West Virginia.
“Think about this fact; there was a 71-year age range between our volunteers. We had a mom who wanted to teach her 7-year-old daughter that volunteering is important and our senior volunteer who was 78 years young wanted to be with her two sons helping to prepare meals for our team. You are never too old or too young to give back,” executive director Dave Wallace said.
Volunteers provided more than 2,000 hours of work during the North Carolina experience.
“An estimated $75,000 impact was made on this small community,” Wallace said.
Volunteers who were painting the home of an elderly couple, who had no family to help them and were very low income, learned about a need they had.
“In a casual conversation the homeowner made a comment that they did not have hot water. We discovered they did not have hot water for more than two years. Needless to say, a hot water tank was installed,” Wallace said.
“But the greatest impact of all is not the repairs made to these homes, but it is on the hearts of the homeowners and the volunteers. The homeowners are so grateful and appreciative for the assistance they receive, but the volunteers receive the gifts of joy and humility that only comes from giving.”
If you would like to be a part of Answering The Call Together Inc., call Dave Wallace for more information at 419-706-8656.