LACONIA — Hand-in-Hand, a project of Catholic Charities is looking for volunteers to work on homes in Laconia from June 21-26. The Laconia project expects to work on 6-10 homes in the Greater Laconia, Tilton, Meredith and Northfield areas.
Hand-in-Hand took root in 2012 in Littleton, N.H. and to date 28 homes statewide have benefitted from the contributions of volunteers. The project brings together area teens, local community leaders, adult volunteers and those in need with a weeklong home maintenance/repair work camp. Volunteers in the project assist with tasks like handicap ramp construction, interior and exterior painting, porch and deck repair/replacement and yard maintenance.
Hand-in-Hand targets the needs of area seniors, persons with disabilities and low-income families. Tony Poekert, Project Manager in Littleton, stated that, "Hand-In-Hand is about much more than just fixing broken homes. It is perhaps more importantly about mending broken hearts. The lasting relationship that blossom between the homeowners and the volunteers alleviate the isolation and loneliness often experienced by frail seniors and persons with disabilities."
The project seeks: Grade 7-12 students that can do repair/maintenance work in a team with adult supervision; adult mentors, preferably with basic construction/home maintenance skills, to oversee the projects; volunteers to organize and implement three social events for the other volunteers during the work camp; and people willing to serve on a steering committee to organize the work camp and oversee implementation.
To sign-up for the project, or for more information, contact Leonard Campbell at 603-528-3035. For more information on Catholic Charities New Hampshire, please visit www.cc-nh.org.