28 July 2015
‘Impact! Virginia – Fluvanna’ was a cooperative effort between the Baptist General Association of Virginia, Fluvanna Habitat for Humanity, the Fluvanna/Louisa Housing Foundation, Fluvanna Meals on Wheels, Effort Baptist Church, and the Central Virginia Baptist Association. Impact! Virginia is an ongoing mission project of the Baptist General Association in which teenagers leave their homes to travel across the state on week-long trips to repair the homes of those in need.
The volunteer construction work was done for seniors who could not have afforded to have the work done themselves. Most of the 12 recipients had their roofs replaced, as well as other smaller repairs performed, such as painting, siding repair, and porch and deck repair. Many of these older Fluvanna residents would soon need to leave their homes were the repairs not made. This work actually allows them to remain, safely and comfortably, in their own homes.
The teens themselves were enthusiastic about the program. Lizzie Swann of Wattsburg called Impact! Virginia an “awesome experience” and added that it was a privilege to “work hard and do the best we can to improve their lives.”
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