Volunteers spend week working in Greenville

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More than 200 volunteers have been in  Mercer County this week, helping people in need and touching lives along the way.

They are on a mission in Greenville with the group “His Work, His Way,” which was started three years ago to help people who are struggling with upkeep or can no longer maintain their homes.

Since Monday, the 230 volunteers have fixed up and painted 80 homes, including the Vernon Road home of William and Mary Hamilton. It is a 200-year-old farmhouse just outside of Greenville.

The couple has lived there for 11 years and said they could never do what volunteers from “His Work, His Way” did in a day.

“I was handicapped to do it and we needed it done badly because of the condition of the outside steel siding rusting. But I felt we were just blessed,” William Hamilton said.

“Our purpose is really to glorify God and to share the love of Christ and when we have the opportunity to do that, that’s the self-fulfilling part. When the homeowner feels good about that and is excited, that is an added blessing,” said His Work, His Way volunteer David Shaffer.

But the group also helps improve the community, like a baseball field in Riverside Park, where they painted all day on Friday.

Jaclyn Martin of Freedonia said she originally signed up to volunteer because she needed a senior project, but it has turned out to be inspirational.

“It feels really good. There are few greater joys then seeing someone happy,” Martin said.

The volunteers will finish their work on Saturday.

Organizers said the work wouldn’t be possible without the help of Thiel College, which houses the volunteers at no charge every year.

“It might be two or three hours with a team of 10 or 12 people or it might be two days with a team of 18,” Shaffer said.

“We are taught to serve others  and this is really a golden opportunity to serve and show love to other people,” said volunteer Mary Richardson.

Anyone who would like assistance from the group can apply by visiting the organization’s website by clicking here.

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