St. Joseph County –
One day in 1972, a few skilled union workers in Texas decided that they should create a “Christmas in April,” to assist their elderly, disabled, and low income neighbors to spruce up their homes. These volunteers decided that it was better to work together to improve their community than to scorn those who needed help. Nearly half a century later, this simple act of compassion has spread throughout the country to communities large and small. For the next few weeks this April, homes all over St. Joseph County will get some much needed love.
Union electricians, plumbers, and construction workers are volunteering their skills to help area homeowners to complete some much needed repairs. Whether it be a leaking roof, new kitchen cabinets, or fixing an old toilet these men and women have taken the time out of their week to assist their neighbors. But you don’t have to be a skilled union laborer to participate. Much like other organizations with higher national profiles like Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together – St. Joseph County takes volunteers at any skill level. All that is required is a willingness to help.
“It feels like I’m giving back to the community that I was born and raised in, and to just give my time for the blessings that I’ve had. It makes me feel good, and I think that sentiment is with everyone here,” Robert Klein, volunteer wireman, said to WSBT. Approximately 20 homes around the area will be improved at no cost to the homeowner.
All told, over 30,000 members of the community have volunteered their time to improve approximately 650 homes throughout St. Joseph County. There is still time to sign up for this year’s Volunteer Day on April 27th.