Young Volunteers Check Volunteering Off Summer To-Do List

6:15 PM, Jun 6, 2012   |    comments
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A group of 30 middle school-aged volunteers from Brunswick is wrapping up a five-day church mission trip in Macon.

"We already scraped the wall and now we can paint it," said 12-year-old Harrison Betts as he worked to polish up a home off Napier Ave. in Macon.

He and his fellow volunteers teamed up with Rebuilding Macon, a local organization that helps with upkeep for homeowners who can no longer handle it.

Wednesday, the volunteers worked on Robert and Phyllis Battle's home. The couple said they had been dreaming of a new paint job for about two years, but with Robert bound to a wheel chair and on a fixed income, home improvement wasn't practical.

"I'm just excited, you know? Just so joyful," said Robert as he looked upon the workers chipping away at flaking paint.

Phyllis said she was volunteering Tuesday when Rebuilding Macon called and asked if the Battles could use a helping hand.

"I said yes ma'am i would like it painted, and she said what about tomorrow, and I said yes ma'am tomorrow will be fine," Phyllis said with a chuckle.

"The little things can make a difference," said one of the volunteers Alexis Stanley.

She speaks from experience because just a a few years ago, her grandmother's house got similar treatment from a Brunswick-based organization.

"One day, these kids came and worked on the house," she said. "They gave us a new roof and painted the house for us. Since then, I've been wanting to help."

"You feel great after you do this," said Betts. "It's a great time. "

Rebuilding Macon said they have about 20 homes lined up for a fix-up just in the first few weeks of summer. To lend a hand, you can call 478-744-9808.

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