Volunteers needed to give hope, help on Aug. 25

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Hope reigns and the members of Williamstown United Methodist Church want hope to rain down on the community on Aug. 25.
Impact Kentucky,  a state-wide initiative of United Methodist Churches, will be in communities across the state using more than 700 volunteers to repair homes and businesses damaged by the spring’s tornadoes, as well as distributing clothes and food and hosting a free carnival.
The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a brief worship service at WUMC, 206 Paris St., in Williamstown. From there, volunteers will fan out to Harvester’s Subdivision in Crittenden, as well as to Parker’s Grove and Piner in Kenton County.
Last year, Methodist churches focused on Eastern Kentucky, but after this year’s devastating March tornadoes ripped through the state, they decided to split up their efforts and go to areas impacted by the violent and deadly storms.

“We just don’t want to fix damage left behind by the twisters, but we want to give hope to families,” said Barry Robinson, minister at WUMC.

About 200 volunteers will be in Grant and surrounding areas, but Robinson said more volunteers would be welcomed.

“This isn’t just a Methodist church thing, but it’s for anyone who wants to be part of something bigger,” he said.

Some of the larger projects for the day include building a deck, as well as yard work and a carnival with bouncy houses, rides and free hot dogs. The carnival will be set up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Robinson said WUMC church members would be going door-to-door to ask residents if they had other needs and work was not limited to tornado victims.

“We’re really excited,” Robinson said. “It’s being the hands and feet of God. It’s one thing to tell people that God came for you and loves you, but it’s another thing to go out and show them God’s love.”
Robinson said the event is about making connections.

Last year, members of WUMC did yard work in Appalachia. They met a elderly woman whose roof needed repairs.

“It touched one of our members so that he came home, raised money for a new roof and went back and put it on for her. That’s what we’re talking about,” Robinson said.

For more information about Impact Kentucky, go to www.impactky.org or call Robinson at 859-823-5171.