NEENAH - Spring cleaning took on new meaning with volunteers pitching-inin their communities to help neighbors in need.
"These are people who have a need, health or disability, andcan't maintain their home," said Cindy Wetzel, a board member ofRebuilding Together Fox Valley.
"We're putting in a new suspended ceiling in the kitchen...we'repainting in here..." said Tod Raehl, a professional carpenter, whois donating his time and talents to oversee this project home inNeenah.
The home owners--Julie and Steve Redemann moved in six years agoknowing it was fixer upper--but unfortunately Steve suffered apersonal setback.
"My husband started a bunch of projects but got sick. He thoughthe could finish them," said Julie.
"I have cancer. I wanted to get some of the stuff done but myhealth wouldn't hold out," explained Steve.
So in came more than 50 volunteers from ThedaCare donating moneyand time just for this one house.
In all 18 homes in the Fox Valley are being remodeled andrepaired during this one day project. To get the jobs done, amongother things, they're going through 500 square feet of carpet, 216gallons of paint, 7,200 square feet of siding and 3,400 square feetof roofing. But most important there are more than 700 volunteersdoing all the work.
"It's neat for people to feel they're contributing giving toothers, it's just for a great cause," said Jean Blaney, avolunteer.
Fixing up one house on the block though, contributes to theoverall upkeep of the entire street.
"It helps the neighbors it helps the community by improving thehome's status as well as the homeowners," said Wetzel.
"Some cosmetic, some to make life more comfortable, that's whatwe're trying to do," said Raehl.
"It's amazing. It means the world to us...it's fantastic,"gushed Julie Redemann.
For the homeowners, the work being done can truly be a lifesaver.
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