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[September 12, 2012]
As Together for Lincoln
nears its Sept. 29 community service project day, it has plenty of projects
to complete. In order to complete the projects, organizers are in need of
several hundred more volunteers. These volunteers are needed for a variety
of tasks, which range from visiting people in the nursing home to
constructing wheelchair ramps. Of the 107 projects already submitted, about
a third involve installation of windows for weatherization projects.
"This is the first year we have taken
on weatherization projects, and we have been amazed by the
response," said Norm Newhouse, Together for Lincoln president. "We
need volunteers for all projects, but especially for carpentry
projects such as window installation."
Newhouse went on to say that TFL would
help to equip anyone with basic carpentry skills in order to prepare
them to install windows.
"We are in dire need of expert
carpenters, but we also really need those with basic to intermediate
carpentry skills as well," he said.
While Together for Lincoln is no
longer accepting applications for home improvement, volunteers are
still being accepted. One of the volunteer coordinators, Caroline
Higgins, requests that volunteers sign up as soon as possible, as
the pairing of projects and workers will begin within the next week.
"Volunteer numbers are behind
normal so far," says Higgins. "It will take several hundred more
volunteers to complete all of the projects."
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Those wishing to volunteer for any
project area may do so by signing up at
GetInvolved.aspx, or they may pick up a paper application from
the State Bank of Lincoln Wal-Mart location, Oasis Senior Center or
through partner churches.
Together for Lincoln is a 501(c)(3)
not-for-profit organization. In its four previous annual community
service days, over 3,200 volunteers representing at least 15 area
churches have worked together to complete more than 400 service