Renovating a home can be a costly and time-consuming job, but that’s where one local organization comes in. The Impact Project spends one day repairing a chosen home. As our Elyse Mickalonis tells us, the group spent their time in Binghamton on Saturday, renovating its 49th home with almost 80 volunteers.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- It’s hard work that truly pays off.
"You just feel awesome when you’re done. You know you’ve made a huge contribution to a family. The families that apply are hurting, these are tough times,” said Jim Willard, Impact Project Director.
Jim and Darlene Kittle needed some help renovating their Binghamton home this spring. A job the Impact Project gladly took on.
"I have to pinch myself sometimes. Looking back, we have had almost 800 people volunteer for this organization,” said Willard.
The Impact Project is a Greene-based Christian group that uses one day to repair homes for people who can’t afford high-cost contracting work. The Kittle home is the 49th home the group has helped fix up. Almost 80 people from six different churches in Broome, Chenango and Tioga counties volunteered to landscape, as well as replace a roof, windows, and a furnace for the Kittle family on Saturday.
"We’re just very happy. We’ve needed them for a while and there aren’t words to describe what they’re doing, it’s awesome,” said Darlene Kittle, homeowner.
Jim Kittle, homeowner, added, "The economy has just gone out of control and the fact that these people are willing to help it’s a great thing."
Volunteers say they are thrilled to revamp the Conklin Avenue home.
"The gentleman and his wife that are here go to my church so it's exciting to help them out. And Jim and Darlene are very good friends of mine. It's an honor and a privilege to help them out here,” said Frank Richardson, Vestal resident.
Local businesses have donated costly equipment, materials and more to The Impact Project for eight years. F.W. Webb, Binghamton Agway, Bert Adams Disposal, Rentals to Go and Erie Materials are contributing resources for this project.
Lending a hand to help neighbors.