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7/10/13, 7/11/13, 7/13/13: Dedicated volunteers work through the heat

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7/10/13, 7/11/13, 7/13/13: Dedicated volunteers work through the heat

Summer is still going strong and so are the Habitat volunteers. This past week faithful Habitat volunteers worked through the heat, humidity, and even some sprinkles to complete 3 projects for Habitat for Humanity Riverside’s A Brush with Kindness Program.

On Wednesday, July 10th, volunteers answered our call for help to paint Martin’s home in Village Riverside Mobile Home Park.  Last month, United Methodist volunteers started the prep work by trimming and cleaning up the yard before painting could begin. The volunteers finished up the project by splitting up and working as a team to beautify Martin’s home and making it look brand new with just a new coat of paint. 


The next day, a team of 6 currently active Marines and a retired Air Force veteran arrived at John and Linda’s home to remove a fence to make way for a new one. This was no easy task especially since the old cement footings needed to be broken up to make a clear path. Once all the fences were taken down and the boards were neatly stacked in the trash bin, the group was ready to celebrate. The celebration was cut short when the volunteers realized a palm tree on both sides of John’s neighbors’ yards had grown into the line of John’s fence lines. The palm tree was quickly taken care of and John and Linda’s new fence was still scheduled to be installed the following day.


The summer heat wave continued on Saturday’s A Brush with Kindness project but did not stop the Volunteers from coming out to lend a helping hand and paint Laurie and her son Caleb’s home. The wall panels and skirting needed to be replaced due to water damage and Caleb was able replace these before volunteers started to paint.  Keeping hydrated was very important and there was plenty of water on hand for volunteers to take a breather from the sun. Volunteers were able to finish this project in no more than 4 hours. 


Thank you volunteers for braving the summer heat this week. Habitat for Humanity Riverside would not be able to help these deserving families without you.