Harlem United Methodist Church is accepting applications for homeowners in need of renovations for a summer youth work mission program.
Jimmy Hunt is organizing the church’s fourth annual River of Life program, in which middle and high school-aged volunteers perform exterior upgrades to homes of people who otherwise can’t afford the needed work in and around Harlem.
“You go out there expecting to provide a blessing to these people that are in need who really have nowhere else to turn to get something like this done,” Hunt said. “But in the end, you’re the one who gets the blessing. The kids have a real good time. They get a lot out of it.”
The youth groups will do the work June 21-23.
Acceptable projects will take place outside the home and have previously included building wheelchair ramps, rebuilding steps or porches, yard clean-up and painting homes that are in otherwise good condition.
“All of this is done at no cost to the homeowner,” Hunt said. Participating volunteers pay a fee and some materials are donated. “We’re able to do a lot with a little.”
Hunt said 25 to 60 youth participated in the work days the previous three years. Interested youth groups from other churches can also volunteer.
Donations of new materials such as lumber also are accepted.
To apply to have a project done at your home or for someone else, call the church at (706) 556-6885.