My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Project Mend-A-House, Manassas, VA, USA
This organization provides an opportunity to leverage individual talents / gifts by integrating them with those of other like minded persons and thereby enabling accomplishments that are far beyond what you thought you could do. As for me, I volunteered to repair some back yard fencing that had fallen down and drawing complaints from the neighbors to the home owners association. This resident turned out to be the resident home for marginally handicapped persons. I understand the home was donated to the county and used for this purpose. Upon arrival, I met a gentle who was from another church who was accompanied by 3-4 teenage boys. His ministry was to get the youth of the congregation involved in community work. As you can imagine, the teens were not thrilled to be here on a Saturday morning. However, once the teens met some of the residents, the work must have seemed much more important for the teens then engaged in the project and without them, the job would not have been finished. Additionally, one of the neighbors saw the working teens and dropped by to see what was going on and learned more about Project Mend a House. Would you believe that that the very same afternoon, this neighbor showed up with 2-3 other neighbors and this team proceeded to independently clean up the front yard. There are many more stories to tell, but the point is clear; no one of us working this project could ever accomplish what all of us working together were able to accomplish. Among the teens, the youth minister, the residents, the neighbors and myself, the Saturday worked seemed so much worth the effort. Don't forget about the person or persons who donated the home! Could they have ever known that they mended a house as well as mended a community?
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I have participated in several community project including installing safety rails, repair of stairs, plumbing repairs, painting and landscaping
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