Since 2003, Brush Up Mac, sponsored by the McPherson Housing Coalition Inc., has aided low-income families, single parents, veterans the elderly and disabled by performing free maintenance repairs and more at their homes.
"This event was started by a group of community leaders who wanted to give back to the community in a way that was meaningful and would make a difference,” said Chris Goodson, CEO of the coalition. "They have difficulty with yard work and small home repairs. The senior population can no longer remove debris or clean out flowerbeds. Single parent households struggle to make ends meet and have difficulty with minor home repairs."
Organizers are gearing up for the April 14 Brush Up Mac event and are searching for volunteers to assist with the day.
“This day was meant as a community volunteer day. We were hoping to encourage others to volunteer not only for Brush Up Mac, but to find others a way to give back to the communities in which they live,” Goodson said.
Applications to volunteer for the event are due by March 15.
"We typically have 100 to 150 volunteers. These groups come from the local industry, McPherson College, local businesses and family groups. Many of our teams come back year after year and report that they've had a great experience and enjoy working with their homeowner," Goodson explained. "We encourage youth groups, businesses, family groups and friends to volunteer and be a part of this fun and rewarding experience. We not only need help working on homes, but also serving breakfast, setting up and tearing down, making runs to the landfill with debris and delivering water and snacks to our volunteers."
Teams and their captains will meet at First United Methodist Church, 1200 E. Kansas Ave. in McPherson, at 7 a.m. on April 14 to eat breakfast and begin the workday.
"We serve breakfast and the teams then go out to their home and begin the work. Most teams are done by early afternoon. The team assignments are given to the team captains in March. They first visit the homes, gather their team and relay information to the Brush Up Mac Committee,” she said.
Goodson noted all applicants for volunteering must live within McPherson County.
With 100 to 150 or more volunteers, the McPherson Housing Coalition can cover a lot of ground and help many families within a day’s work.
“We average between 25 to 30 families per year. Each year we help families in McPherson, however, we have worked with families in Elyria, Canton, Lindsborg and Moundridge. The program is county-wide and if we can find a group of volunteers to assist with the project, then we serve those areas,” she added.
The McPherson Housing Coalition is always accepting donations for the many projects they complete.
“A $100 donation will have your name printed on a t-shirt that is given to all of our volunteers. If you are cleaning out your garage, we can always use rakes, lawnmowers, shovels, wheelbarrows and trash bags. We always need donations of snacks for volunteers,” Goodson added.
Application forms can be sent to 1826 14th Ave., McPherson, KS 67460. To volunteer for the Brush Up Mac event, call Goodson at 620-241-7828 extension 11 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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