Low-income elderly and disabled homeowners in Gwinnett County have friends in high places who wanted to help them remain in their homes where their support networks are.
Primerica, Scott Hudgens Family Foundation, Jackson EMC Foundation and the Community Foundation for NE Georgia awarded us funding this spring to help meet the needs of these low-income homeowners by supporting A Brush with Kindness, a critical home repair and preservation program.
If those weren’t enough high powered friends, Cardinal Health, Christ the King Baptist Church, Christ the King Lutheran Church, McKendree United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville, Peachtree Ridge H.S. Habitat Club, and the Rotary Club of Peachtree Corners joined in and brought both volunteers and donations that helped complete 13 more projects for these deserving homeowners.
“The volunteers are critical to get the projects completed and to make them affordable. The foundation grants and corporate funding provide us the capability to purchase materials, tools and equipment that the donations don’t cover and to use contractors and licensed plumbers and electricians to complete some of the work we run into that our volunteers can’t do or shouldn’t do because of safety concerns,” said Barry Blakely, program coordinator. Our goal is to complete between 45 and 50 projects annually.
Since July 1, 2016, thirty-one other projects have been completed by twenty-one other corporations and organizations that provided the volunteers and donated funds. All told, thirty-two different organizations and a multitude of volunteers joined together to make a positive impact on our community. You Rock, Gwinnett!