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Helping others

August 10, 2012

Volunteers help repair a roof on a local house during last year’s Servants Day in Wapakoneta.

The community coming together is a neat thing about Servant’s Day — an organizer says.

The third annual Servants Day is set for Sept. 22, and local residents are reminded that Aug. 15 is the deadline to apply for home repair assistance through this program.

“The motto for Servants Day comes from a poem by the 16th century mystic, Teresa of Avila, ‘Christ has no body now but yours, no hands, no feet on Earth but yours,” said Rachel Barber, who is assisting the Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association (WAMA) in organizing this event. “This is a great opportunity for the community to come together. It is gratifying with the response of the community to help their neighbors.”

The idea of this program is to give local residents the opportunity to spend time helping their neighbors throughout the community and the area with such projects as yard work, organizing, painting, cleaning out gutters and downspouts, Barber noted.

In addition, major projects have been completed through this program including reshingling a roof on a house in 2011.

Volunteers are needed on this day. Barber said that in 2010 and 2011, approximately 300 volunteers made repairs at 60 sites in Wapakoneta, Cridersville and Waynesfield.

Volunteers are asked to start thinking about making a commitment to volunteer.

“We can always use people,” Barber said, “especially people with roofing and construction skills.”

Barber encouraged area residents to consider volunteering — whether they have construction or roofing experience or not and all are welcome to come out and help their neighbor.

“We couldn’t accomplish what we do without the help of so many dedicated community members,” Barber said. “Now is the time to check in with your church and sign up to volunteer.”

The Rev. Steve Nelson, pastor of First English Lutheran Church, said all the funds for materials comes straight from local donations.

“This benefits older members for things they’d like to do but aren’t able to do,” Nelson said. “It’s just a great community event.”

Nelson said the neat thing about Servants Day is the community coming together to help their fellow neighbor.

“It makes you feel good,” Nelson said. “This is a good way to be active and meet people from the community.”

Nelson remarked this is an event that everybody wins.

“What’s better than picking up a paint brush and painting a house next to another person and getting to know them,” Nelson said. “Everyone wins.”

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