Repair Affair helps residents with home improvements

April 18, 2004|JIM LOGAN

It seemed like a fair tradeoff. Florine McPherson got her house spruced up and the students from Centre College got some fresh air and the satisfaction of helping out in the community.

The students scraped off old paint, applied fresh coats and recaulked windows.

McPherson, 81, was grateful for the help.

"I'm too old now for that," she said.

Her home on Circle Drive was just one of nine in Danville and Junction City that were worked on as part of the Fifth Annual Danville/Boyle County Repair Affair. The program sends volunteers into the community to perform light maintenance and repair work on the homes of people who are physically or financially unable to it.

About 80 Centre students and dozens of community volunteers from several organizations put in about four hours of work.

Trina McFarland, director of community service at Centre College, is the volunteer coordinator for Repair Affair.


"This is my favorite event we work all year," she said. "We take a few hours out of our lives and we're able to completely change the quality of life for somebody."

It's also rewarding for the Centre students, who can feel isolated from the community.

"We have to get out of our bubble every once in a while," said Lindsey Luttrell as she painted a low cinderblock wall.

Liza Turner is a veteran Repair Affair volunteer. A 2002 graduate of Centre, she first helped out while a sophomore. Today she lives in Somerset, but comes up every year to help out.

Getting out in the community, she said, "makes you realize there are concerns much larger" than the quotidian problems of college life.

"Plus, we all need a little manual labor now and then," she said.

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