MANCHESTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A group of volunteers helped those in need have a place to call home Saturday.
Eight volunteers with the York County Republican Committee worked on a home along Conewago Avenue in Newberry Township. They revved up their power tools, sawed, and spackled to help a veteran or active-duty service member in need.
“Out there in the living room, they’re doing construction, they’re hanging drywall. In here and in that room, we’re doing spackling,” said Allison Blew, vice chair of the York County Republican Committee.
U.S. Navy Petty Officer Second Class Dave Sunday sawed drywall to help other veterans like himself.
“As a veteran, I served with a lot of people who went on to have wonderful lives, and I also served with people that had difficulty when they got out,” Sunday said.
“We have about a 10.2 percent poverty level in our county, which equates to between 42,000 and 45,000 people in York County,” said Tammi Morris, executive director of York Habitat for Humanity.
The organization hasn’t placed a veteran or active-duty service member in the home yet, but they are looking for one.
“I’ve been wanting to do this for years,” said Scott Burford, 94th District captain for the York County Republican Committee.
Burford put spackle on bedroom walls.
“I’ve been covering up some of the screw heads,” he said.
The family who ends up living in the three-bedroom, one bath house will pay no more than 30 percent of their annual gross income for their zero-interest mortgage. York Habitat for Humanity reports many people below the poverty line will put 50 to 70 percent of their income towards their mortgage.
“Helping folks have home ownership, that’s important to me,” Burford said. That is kind of the American dream.”
“While they’re away fighting wars, and we’re at home watching football and doing things we do, while they’re making that sacrifice, at the very least what we can do is come together as a community and build a home like this,” Sunday said.
The York Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers for four different projects. For more information on volunteering, click here.