Volunteers gathered Friday and Saturday to repair area homes through Project W.A.R.M.
“It’s a ministry,” said Dewey Wilson, Project W.A.R.M. coordinator with Grace United Methodist Church. “We’re not just there to repair. We also have prayer and devotion with the
homeowners. We want to show them that we are also there to show the love of Christ.”
Through Project W.A.R.M.,
which stands for Weatherization and Repair Ministry, volunteers help fix roofs, replace windows, provide insulation and other repairs to ensure the families are able to stay dry and warm inside of their home, said Wilson.
It’s also important to leave the families with feelings of hope.
“Times are tough and people need to know that there is hope out there,” he said.
“It means a lot to people when a stranger shows up and say I want to help you, I want to do this for you and I’m not looking for anything in return.”
The church has also partnered with the United Way of Aiken County’s Project Vision to help identify the families with homes in need of repair. The United Way provides the materials for the repairs and the church provides volunteers.
The church completed is first Project W.A.R.M. home repair in January 2011. Since then, they aim to do Project W.A.R.M. projects at least once a year.
“The need is great,” said Wilson.
This year, repairs were done on eight homes in North Augusta, Graniteville, Beech Island and Clearwater. Nearly 150 people volunteered in some capacity including doing repairs, helping with the yard crew, assisting with material pick-up and providing meals for volunteers.
Wayne Waldrop, who has volunteered in each Project W.A.R.M. project weekend over the years, said that he enjoys being able to help people.
“This is a way to go on a mission trip without leaving home,” he said. “We can step out in our own community and make a difference.”