Sunday, May 14, 2000

Annual project assists those in need

Volunteers fan out to take care of home repairs

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Hundreds of people spread across Greater Cincinnati giving of their time and talents Saturday during the annual People Working Cooperatively Repair Affair.

        Terry Dullaghan, a national accounts manager who works in Newtown, led a team of volunteers to Mildred Wallingford's home in Fort Mitchell.

        Mrs. Wallingford, 80, had been having plumbing trouble and needed help replacing a vanity in one of her bathrooms, along with help cleaning her house's gutters and high ceiling fans.

        Mr. Dullaghan, along with John Sullivan, who works with him, Joe Manderino, a PWC employee, and Jim Kruer and Cheryl Heeter, with the Northern Kentucky Bar Association, met Mrs. Wallingford's needs.

        “They were just wonderful,” she said. “They cleared out the gutters, put new traps in the pipes, put in a new vanity. It was just great.”

        Mr. Dullaghan said the project took about six hours. It was time well-spent, he added.

        “Years ago, when my father was sick, PWC took care of him,” he said. “I found out about what they did for him and I decided to volunteer too. There are so many seniors in need and it's the small things, you know — like hanging a light fixture or installing a doorbell.”

        He said he has participated for seven years.

        Kathy Campbell, PWC manager of volunteer involvement, said the annual effort is not the group's only project.

        “We do an annual winterizing program in November and every third Saturday of the month we have small volunteer projects,” she said.

        The materials for the home-repair efforts are donated by Home Depot, Ms. Campbell said.

        Other sponsors include Boone and Kenton counties, the Ohio Housing Trust Fund, the Greater Cincinnati Housing Alliance, and the city of Cincinnati.

        Those who are eligible for free assistance must be certified as low-income, over the age of 60, or disabled. PWC will also provide help at a low cost to the certified low-income who do not meet the age requirement and are not disabled.

        Those interested in volunteering or getting help can call 351-7921.


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