Back in April, the Williams News published a nice article about the Williams Area Habitat for Humanity, our efforts to complete our second new home, and our wish to do a series of service projects called A Brush With Kindness. As reported a couple weeks ago, Debra Eldridge at the Grand Canyon saw that article, picked up the phone, called Bud Parenteau and offered to organize a group to come help.
What happened between those two articles is the real story. Volunteers from the Grand Canyon community, with the generous support of Xanterra, arrived by van four different times during the summer. With paint provided by Habitat, they painted fences and all the trim on a home on Schlagel, They worked two different days at Habitat's E. Edison home, building a nice-looking fence, landscaping the yard, leveling the driveway, painting and building a porch. With paint provided by the city of Williams, they renovated two storage sheds at the Senior Center.
More than 40 different people participated, many made the trip two and three times. One volunteer even contributed new paint brushes (ours didn't meet her standards). Keep in mind that working on service projects in Williams is how these folks chose to spend their day off! While the program is over for this year, many of the volunteers asked that we continue to find projects and continue to let them know when we need help.
Without this energetic group, A Brush With Kindness might have been only a nice idea; our new friends from the Grand Canyon community have made it happen. Thanks to the GC volunteers, thanks to the Williams News for the great coverage.