Repair Affair is a year-long program where teams of volunteers help low-income homeowners in need of critical maintenance. The program was started by Sharon Poat, the Construction Manager/Supervisor for Midtown Alliance of Neighbors. This year the program will be helping more than 20 low-income homeowners throughout Paducah.
May 19 is the kick-off day and work projects will start on houses in Paducah from 9am until early afternoon. The Alliance advertises and notifies low income households, including veterans and elderly homeowners across the city of available services. The organization has been providing this valuable help for the past nine years.
“We usually have one or two service days a year,” explained Stacy Beesley, who is serving through the AmeriCorps program. “During the summer several local churches send volunteers to help. Any volunteer is welcome - skilled or unskilled. We may be working on a new roof, weather-proofing,adding a disability ramp for accessibility or repairing wiring or windows.”
“If you can’t make it on the 19th, or want to organize your own group, please contact us,”said Beesley. “Anyone can help with any skill level - we’ll find something valuable for you to do!”
There is a place for folks with no special construction skills. And, of course, they could use the help of some skilled professionals as well: particularly roofers, carpenters, and anyone with strong drywall experience. There is also a bit of work to be done before and after the main work day.
Repair Affair program is funded by grants from the Carson-Myre Foundation, Paducah Rotary, local churches, banks, and other businesses and civic organizations.
Registration begins at 8:30am on May 19th at Fountain Avenue United Methodist Church, 300 Fountain Avenue. Breakfast will be served starting at 8 am. The church is hosting a regular free breakfast that morning at 8am. Grab a bite and sign in!
Sign up to help now by calling Stacy Beesley - Construction Coordinator at 270.205.5080 or Sharon Poat - Executive Director at 270.556.0826. You can also email at email@example.com or visiting their website. Signing up now helps organizers plan for the day.
For more information, visit kymidtownalliance.org.
The City of Paducah is committed to revitalizing its older neighborhoods and transforming them back to the grandeur the community once enjoyed. Lower Town was the first undertaking of this effort and the community has embraced its great success. The Midtown Alliance of Neighbors, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was formed as a part of the City's second major revitalization program in the Fountain Avenue area.
The Fountain Avenue housing stock contains a large variety of structures ranging from shotgun style, less than 1,000 square foot homes to larger, 4,000 plus square foot, eclectic, Victorian style homes.They’re something for every potential homeowner.
The goal is to restore the neighborhood back to a mixed-income, economically diverse neighborhood similar in character to what it was in the early 1900’s. Location and amenities are some of the key selling points in the neighborhood.
For more information on the Fountain Avenue neighborhood, visit: fountainave.com.
For information on Americorps, please visit nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps.