Our View: Clark County can benefit from summer program

Maintaining necessary upkeep and repairs can be a difficulty for many homeowners. Whether because of the scope of the project, the cost or even the lack of time, many homes go without some of the needed maintenance.

Some homeowners will have the opportunity to remedy those issues thanks to a generous group of visitors that will make their way through our community this summer.

Hundreds of high school students from around the country will come to Winchester this summer with the Group Work Camps program. They are scheduled to arrive June 23 and will work June 24-28.

The group, which will comprise of volunteers from about 25 churches across the U.S., will do many projects for local homeowners, including repairs to porches and steps, interior and exterior painting, weatherization, ramps, skirting and more. Some of the only limitations are that the volunteers cannot do roof repairs, plumbing or electrical work.

To be considered, residents must complete an application, which is available from Clark County Community Services.

CCCS Executive Director Debbie Fatkin said she needs about 150 applications and the group will select approximately 80 homes to be part of the project.

CCCS will accept applications until Friday, March 1. They can be picked up at the CCCS office at 30 Taylor Ave., be emailed or sent in the mail.

This program is an excellent opportunity for local homeowners of houses or trailers to get some much-needed repairs for their properties.

While these homeowners can benefit from the program personally, improving the appearance of local homes will also positively impact neighboring property owners and create a more appealing curb-appeal for our community.

We are thankful to be part of this program and are excited to hear the program is also considering returning in the summer of 2020.

We encourage the community to apply for this program and spread the word to neighbors who may be in need.