Making an impact in Louisa

Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 10:17 am

Hannah Gould (l to r), Jordan Stack, Stefani Scianna and Colleen Rodgers rebuild a deck for a local couple in Louisa. The project is organized by the Virginia Baptist Mission Board’s “Impact Virginia!” See page A-5 for more information on this project.

Hannah Gould (l to r), Jordan Stack, Stefani Scianna and Colleen Rodgers rebuild a deck for a local couple in Louisa. The project is organized by the Virginia Baptist Mission Board’s “Impact Virginia!” See page A-5 for more information on this project.

It was hot and humid on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 16,  yet that didn’t stop seven dedicated teenagers from their mission to complete a home improvement project for an elderly couple on Shortmans Road in Louisa County.

The students are part of “Impact Virginia!,”a project of the Virginia Baptist Mission Board (VBMB), which is comprised of groups from Baptist churches all over the commonwealth.

“Impact Virginia!” involves 250 to 300 participants who dedicate one week of their summer to the construction mission, focusing on home repair and renovation for people in need.

A crew chief is assigned to manage each project and supervise the youth. Crew Chief Tom Kern led the young volunteers at the Pelter’s residence in Louisa County.  He was impressed with the teens’ abilities.

The group was responsible for rebuilding the Pelter’s deck and constructing a permanent ramp.

“They are digging holes, building a deck while working directly in this sun and hot weather, and with no complaints,” Kern said.

The Virginia Disaster Relief Association provides breakfast and dinner to the workers.

The teens, crew chiefs and families involved with projects in Louisa County are staying at Louisa County Middle School during the mission. Members from local Baptist churches are assigned to provide lunch for each group each day.

The week-long mission starts Sunday and ends the following Saturday, with Wednesday being divided into a half-day of construction. During the other half of the day, the group gets to have fun doing something local.

A lot of people come together to make this happen and we do it for our fellow neighbors,  Kern said.

For more information on “Impact Virginia!”, visit vbmb.org.

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