Monthly Archives: September 2013

Habitat for Humanity making great things happen in Belle Plaine – Pay it Forward!


Got Plans Saturday Morning? Want to take part of Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity’s Brush with Kindness in Belle Plaine. Opal Vankerckvoorde is a very giving person – has helped many people over the years – she needs a little help now. She needs some extra helping hands to get her home painted. Here is all the information anyway you can help would be awesome – even if you can only be there for a few hours. Opal is the grandmother to my sister-in-law Mindy Martin.

This is Habitat for Humanity’s second project in Belle Plaine. We built a new home on 11th Street in 2009 and had a wonderful experience in the community.ImageImageImageat for

This project is an A Brush With Kindness (ABWK) project. ABWK helps low-income homeowners by offering exterior home improvements. Volunteer teams work to improve the condition of homes by completing a variety of work, including painting, minor structural repairs and landscaping at minimal cost to homeowners who would be unable to complete home repairs on their own.

The Belle Plaine homeowner is Opal Vankerckvoorde and her home is located at 1106 15th Street in Belle Plaine. Habitat is looking for volunteers (aged 16 and older) to help scrape paint and paint the exterior of Opals house and to prepare a noon lunch and bring snacks and beverages for volunteers working at the site. The dates and planned activities per day follow. Rain will move the dates out a week:

Saturday, September 14th from 8AM till 3PM – Prime and Paint! (need 20 – 25 volunteers)
Saturday, September 21st from 8AM till 3PM – Paint final coat (need 15 – 20 volunteers)
Saturday, September 28th from 8AM till 3PM – Finish final coat paint (need 15 – 20 volunteers)

The paint for ABWK projects is donated by Valspar Corporation, a major sponsor of Habitat for Humanity. Valspar donates paint for all ABWK and new home projects in the United States. All other costs of the project are paid for by the homeowner except the food. Habitat is looking for donations of food or monetary contributions to go toward the purchase of food to feed volunteers.

General information for volunteers:
* supplies will be provided by Habitat, but feel free to bring scrapers or paint brushes if you have favorites. 2″ and 3″ paint brushes will work best, as the siding is narrow. Please mark your tools so you get them back.
* closed toe shoes are required on the job site
* volunteer release waiver forms must be completed before work begins (volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the wavier form). The form will be available at the project site.
* volunteers will be run through a quick safety program each morning before work begins to review safety tips for the day (geared toward the type of activity for that day)
* volunteer hours are 8 to 3 with breaks and a lunch to be served by Habitat volunteers. It is recommended volunteers come to the site 15 minutes early to process paperwork, get supplies for the day, hear the safety training and participate in the Circle (devotional time before work begins).
* talking on cell phones is not permitted on the work site for safety reasons. If calls must be made or received, volunteers are asked to go to the south side of the sidewalk running the length of the front of the property.

If anyone is interested in volunteering or has questions, please contact Kathy Jacobsen in Atkins at 319-446-7358 (Home) or 319-369-6581 (Work) or via email (so we can plan for lunches and snacks or contact you if there are delays or cancellations due to weather).

Thank you for taking the time to read this message about a very worthwhile project. We welcome you to join us in volunteering for this project and being part of Habitat’s Mission: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.