Mission Seeks Homeowners in Need of Repairs Help

By: Ann McIntire Email
By: Ann McIntire Email

Mission Omaha Foundation, Inc., is seeking applicants for its 2013 youth-based volunteer work camp to be held June 17-21 in the Omaha area.

This will be Mission Omaha’s third work camp, which attracts teenage and adult volunteers from across the country. In 2009, approximately 250 volunteers repaired nearly three dozen homes. In 2011, 440 participants repaired and/or painted 55 homes.

For the coming work camp, Mission Omaha will once again be partnering with Group Work Camps Foundation and local charities to bring several hundred teenage volunteers and adults to the Omaha area and provide home repairs.

In preparation, Mission Omaha is actively seeking applications from elderly, low income and/or disabled homeowners who want their renovation and repair projects to be considered for the work camp.

To obtain an application or for more information, interested persons should contact:

Conrad Veburg, Mission Omaha Foundation, Inc., at (402) 680-6995 or via email at homes@missionomaha.com. The deadline for submitting applications is March 15, 2013.

To qualify for the assistance:
· The resident must be elderly, low-income, and or/disabled,
· The home should have obvious need of repair,
· The resident should own the home,
· The resident, or another responsible adult, must be home during the week of the workcamp, and
· The work environment must be safe for teens.

There is a limit as to the projects the Group Workcamps Foundation participants are allowed to do. These include:
· Painting (interior and exterior; participants will paint homes to a height of no more than 28 feet),
· Mobile home underpinning (skirting) repairs and installation,
· Limited porch repair or construction,
· Exterior step repair or construction,
· Limited wheelchair ramp repairs or construction, and
· Weatherization (caulking, vents, weather-stripping and insulation).

Volunteers are not allowed to do any electrical, plumbing, heating or any roof repairs; floor tiling, or repairs to windows, doors or gutters.

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