Day of Caring good for recipient, giver

Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 9:00 am

Dominion employees were all smiles while standing with the homeowner they helped, Julie Jackson.

Dominion employees were all smiles while standing with the homeowner they helped, Julie Jackson.

Louisa County resident Julie Jackson couldn’t help but smile as she looked outside to see her fences were painted, doors were replaced and gutters were cleaned as the result of the work by volunteers from Dominion Virginia Power.

“I feel blessed,” Jackson said. “I feel really, really blessed.”

As part of the company’s Day of Caring initiative, 14 volunteers from Dominion Virginia Power arrived to Jackson’s house at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 19 to serve as maintenance workers for the day. Using their own tools and time, volunteers went to work and continued until the early afternoon, stopping for lunch and little else.

“It’s a lot to organize, but it’s well worth it,” Dominion supervisor and event organizer Page Kemp said.

Day of Carings, which are a statewide initiative started by Dominion, allows low-income families the chance to have their homes repaired and restores. Dominion officials work closely with the Louisa Housing Foundation, which is where they first heard of Jackson’s situation.

Jackson, who lives with her sons, Sammy Jr. and Charles, said she had been desperate for help since the passing of her husband, Sammy Sr, in 2010. She still lives in the house she bought with her husband in 1965.

To read the entire story, see the June 26 edition of The Central Virginian.

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