Commonwealth Journal


July 14, 2012

Volunteers helping with home repairs


Somerset —

The construction supervisors work with other adults to ensure the quality of the work and the safety of the volunteers. Each team has a crew chief, assistant crew chief and other adults to assist and supervise the work
Those adults, many of whom have assisted on the Kentucky Changers program before, seem to get just as much out of the experience as the youth they closely supervise.
“It’s almost like an addiction,” said Laura McCoy, an on-site supervisor from Pound, Va. “To just be doing and showing love and helping the community.”
On-site supervisor John Adams, of Somerset, said part of the project is teaching the youth how to carry out basic repairs so that they may be able to help a fellow human being at another point in their lives. 
“It’s just working with the youth,” Adams said. “It’s a learning experience.”
And Adams said he knows the tasks required during the week are things many teenagers and kids would shy away from.
“That (repair work) is a hard thing to get young kids to do,” Adams said. “You’ve got to have youth like this ... (they’re) the next generation.”
Many of the students find through the week that they’ve developed strong friendships with their fellow volunteers, and the theme among those at several different work sites was that they won’t hesitate to volunteer again. 
“I hadn’t had many opportunities to express my faith like this,” said first-time Kentucky Changers volunteer Kyle Warden, of Shepherdsville, Ky. “We put the good deeds we do ... not just in our light but in the Lord’s light.
“I’m definitely going to come back,” Warden added. “You meet awesome people.”
Eastham said many of the youth working in Somerset this year have done Kentucky Changers before.

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