Christmas in April*Calvert County Brought Out Many Volunteers
On April 30, 2016, Christmas in April*Calvert County brought out volunteers, young, old and in between. Houses spanned the county from North to South and East to West. Organizations came out to lend a hand, some working on one house and some splitting up and doing several. Projects ranged from cleaning up the landscape to plumbing and electrical. Some volunteers were skilled craftsmen and others were there to lend a hand cleaning up. And the rain held off until evening, allowing the work to be done.
Organizations participating this year included Exelon, Dominion, SMECO, Calvert Bar Association, Calvert Kiwanis, Board of Education, Mill Creek Middle School, Concerned Black Men of Calvert County, Reality Homes, Kiewit, Calvert Lighthouse Church, Knights of Columbus, Arrow Construction, Emanuel Baptist Church, Huntingtown United Methodist Church, Smithville United Methodist Church, Jesus Good Shepard Catholic Church, TD Renovations, Calvert Memorial Hospital, Mt Olive United Methodist Church, Northern High School, Howlin Concrete, Wilson Reality, PG County Government, Calvert County Lions Club, All Saints Episcopal Church, St Nicholas Lutheran Church, Patuxent High School NJROTC, Harvest Fellowship Presbyterian Church, Grace Brethren Church, Friendship United Methodist Church, IET, Northern High School National Honor Society, Calvert Middle School, and Davis, Upton and Plumbo, and Calvert County Government Solid Waste handling the dumpsters as they were filled and replacing them with empty ones..
The first house visited was on Greenwood Avenue in North beach where the Calvert County Lions Club was busy, with help from the homeowners’ son, cleaning up the yard, raking leaves and trimming bushes and mulching. The men were also power washing the home and deck, replacing and painting some wood trim on the home and around the windows. They were painting the shutters, replacing downspouts and pickets on the deck railing, and replaced the outside light fixture.
The second home visited by Calvert Beacon, was on Yellow Bank Rd Dunkirk, owned by elderly veterans. The project was being led by Northern High School National Honor Society with Area Coordinator and House Captain Traci Peters. They were busy taking care of the overgrown landscape, cleaning out the garage and out buildings, and getting some electrical work done. Bill Lloyd, President of Christmas in April was lending a hand.
While there, Congressman Steny Hoyer came by to say a few words and present a check for $2,000. “I was pleased to stop at several homes in the Fifth District today to see repairs and upgrades being done by volunteers that will preserve homes and help to revitalize communities,” said Congressman Steny Hoyer. “The Rebuilding Together affiliates and local organizations are committed to ensuring that residents in need, such as elderly and low-income families, can remain in their homes and continue to be a vital part of their communities. Today, 155 homes will be repaired by these organizations in Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, and Prince George’s counties, and more than 5,000 volunteers have come together to assist their neighbors. I commend volunteers, Rebuilding Together, and the local groups for serving homeowners and communities in the Fifth District today.”
Leaving Dunkirk and heading south to Chesapeake Ranch Estates to Hickok Trail in Lusby to check on a project being led by Patuxent High School NJROTC. The group of cadets and leaders did a 12 X 12 walkway, raising the base with gravel. They also cleaned up the yard, power washed the home and the swing set. They also mulched the beds and around the swing set so the homeowner’s grandchildren would have somewhere to play. They took down a dead tree that was threatening to fall on the house, and transplanted several large grasses at the request of the owner. The stairs needed to be repaired but it was a bigger job then they could handle, so someone will follow up in the next few days and take care of them. It will be a two day job.
A number of houses will be worked on during the month of May by Exelon, Dominion Cove Point and others. For varied reasons, these homes were not able to be done on April 30th. But Exelon and Dominion work all year around to make sure they all get done. There is also a waiting list of homes that will be scheduled when time and money permit.
To find out more about Christmas in April*Calvert County, please visit their website: http://www.christmasinaprilcalvertcounty.org/
Please check out the picture gallery below to see the volunteers!
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon