Volunteers helped build the frame of a 3-bedroom family home in the parking lot of Dover First United Methodist Church as part of last year's Help Build Hope community mission project. (Dover First United Methodist Church)
DOVER (Tusco TV) - Dover First United Methodist Church officials are looking for individuals willing to donate their time and talents to a local family meet their need for safe and affordable housing.
Church Pastor Dave St. Aubin says they’re again partnering with CrossRoads Missions out of Louisville, Kentucky, for the Help Build Hope weekend mission project. He says they will be building the framework of a four-bedroom Habitat for Humanity house August 9th-11th in the church parking lot, and he says they need all the help they can get.
"What we need are people that can swing a hammer, basically. Really, that’s all you need to do, so any ages from 4 up to 100, if you can swing a hammer, you can help. Even little kids, there’s things they can do that don’t involve a hammer, so any ages are welcome," he says.
St. Aubin says there’s also a need for people with construction experience that Friday to help cut the lumber and to serve as team leaders Saturday for the build.
"Each team is responsible for building a section of the house, so they’ll get a blueprint on how to build that particular section of the house. Once they’re done with that, they’ll get another blueprint and build another section and on and on," he says.
The pastor says the build should take four to five hours with 80 to 120 volunteers. He says people can sign up online at doverfirst.org.
"We just encourage, you know, share this out with people that you work with. Share it out with your neighbors, with your families and come and make a fun day of it. We’ll have food. We’re just hoping to have a really good time this year. I encourage everybody to come be a part of it," he says.
St. Aubin says they’ll be disassembling the house on Sunday, and donating it to one of the local Habitat for Humanity affiliates. He says they don’t yet know exactly where it will end up, only that it will go to a family in Tuscarawas or a neighboring county.
STACEY CARMANY, TUSCO TV