By Pat Phalen
Executive Vice President, NMLS #662901
When you put energetic, young people together, good things can happen. Springfield and the surrounding communities will be the beneficiary of those “good things” the week of July 12 when close to 400 high schools students from across the country come to town to help homeowners complete home repair projects.
This year’s event, dubbed “Honest Abe Care Fest 2015,” gives volunteers a chance to perform hands-on home repair projects for senior citizens as well as handicapped and financially disadvantaged families. The work at each home is done by five teenagers and one adult leader.
Care Fest has been around for 35 years, and Springfield was chosen this year as the recipient of the team’s good deeds. Sixty homes in and around Springfield will receive repairs from the 430 volunteers who will spend their nights at Southeast High School. Repair projects may include painting, porch repair, weatherizing homes, and building wheel chair ramps. All labor and materials are free to selected applicants.
While the students and leaders provide all their own tools and bring materials, the local communities help by providing food and housing. INB is playing a small role by donating an afternoon snack for all team members on Tuesday, July 14. The team will arrive in Springfield on Sunday and head for home Friday, July 17. You may see the students out in the community on Wednesday afternoon when they’re given half a day to take in the historic sites or visit the water park. If you see them, thank them for their generosity and for making our community a better place.
As the team gets to work, you’ll find photos posted on its Facebook page.