Volunteers provide much needed repairs to homes in Fluvanna County.
The volunteers work to repair the roof of this house.
Volunteers are just beginning work on this roof.
FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -
Volunteers are breathing new life in to some Fluvanna County homes. Students and chaperones from across Virginia are repairing them for people in need.
According to Impact! Virginia, without these improvements, the homes wouldn't be fit to live in within the next two to four years. The Impact! Virginia program will allow these homes to stand, and the people that live in them to stay.
"It was was a miracle. There's no other way to explain it," says Joyce, a homeowner in Fluvanna County who did not want to give her full name.
She says without a new roof, her home would not have survived much longer. "And for someone to come to the door and to say we're going to put a new roof on your house and paint it, shocked me,” says Joyce.
Sponsored by the Baptist General Association of Virginia, in partnership with many other non-profits, Impact! Virginia is a one week service opportunity.
Impact! Volunteer, Rebecca Bates has been volunteering her summers since she was in 7th grade. She is now a sophomore in college. "Definitely at the end of Impact!, your body is tired but you're definitely lifted," says Bates.
Bates and more than 200 others are working on 11 different projects throughout Fluvanna County. Each project can cost as much as $20,000.
"We are replacing the roofs. So, we're tearing off the old shingles, and replacing any damaged or rotted wood and then we're going to be putting new architecturally dimensioned shingles on," says Mike Himes, president of Fluvanna County’s Habitat for Humanity.
By 4 p.m. Friday, construction will be done at all 11 sites.