LINGLE – Every year on the last Saturday of September volunteers from North Hills Baptist Church dedicate a full day spreading out over the region to assist families in need.
It is a yearly project inspired by a mission’s trip to help with cleanup from Hurricane Katrina following the devastating event in Louisiana.
“We went to help people and came back from Katrina and this started,” volunteer Don Hill said. “Helping people in the community that need help doing whatever.”
Nearly 75 volunteers of all ages from the church spread out from Lingle, Yoder, Torrington and Guernsey to help with seven different projects, ranging from yard cleanup, to installing siding, to painting and staining, to building a deck and a porch among others on Saturday, Sept. 25.
“The people here are involved because we can help somebody, and that we are the feet and hands of Jesus,” Hill said. “It’s not about us. It’s about the people we are helping. It’s unbelievable the need right here in our backyard.”
Hill, along with 8-10 other volunteers, helped a family replace siding and paint the front of their home.
“Like this project, they couldn’t do it themselves,” Hill said.
The church covers all the costs of materials to eliminate the burden from the family they are assisting.
It was the first of multiple projects this group would tackle on Saturday, according to Hill, who considers himself a “go for” for Project One.
“I go for everything under the sun,” he said laughing.
Hill is in charge of making the arrangements with the families. Once those are made, the project planning begins. How many gallons of paint? How many feet of siding? What exactly does the homeowner want?
“Then I spend the week before trying to get everything to the site so everyone can get right at it,” Hill said.
At the end of the day, for Hill and the other volunteers, it’s about helping others and making a difference in the community, sharing the love of Christ with others.
“I got involved in this after Katrina because of the expression on people’s faces,” Hill said. “The tears come down. Their eyes tell the whole story.”