Local teen volunteers putting hammer to nail to help senior citizens this summer

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — This summer, a group of teens from near and far are taking hammer to nail as they rebuild and repair senior citizens’ homes throughout Virginia, starting in Chesterfield.

“It’s a total blessing, a godsend, ablsolutely,” said Lorraine Manning, who had her roof repaired thanks to the time and effort of volunteers with Impact Virginia Teens.

Max Hammond

“We just improve houses, paint and do roofing, stuff like that,” explained one of the volunteers, 13-year-old Max Hammond.

“Most of our camps, (the volunteers) go in and make repairs to homes to help ensure that people are safe, warm, and dry,” explained Glenn Maddox, Missions Mobilizer for the Baptist General Association of Virginia.

This year, Impact Virginia Teens has welcomed 49 volunteers, including some who came all the way from Norway.

“It feels very good because you are doing something to another country instead of your own, and you have a good feeling when you go to sleep,” volunteer Generosa Maria Mose told 8News Reporter Candice Cole.

Another volunteer, Evrd Spolen Noroen, noted the warm weather during his first trip to the U.S.

577A6C04FA7940DF938C18A9355DF782“My first experience of America or first thought was it’s very hot,” he said. “It smells like a holiday. And the language, it’s really fun to speak another language than I usually do.”

David Hill has been volunteering for 11 years as Crew Chief for these projects and calls the work rewarding, but says it’s not exactly easy.

“It’s awesome, we always get good kids when we come out here,” he said. “There’s jobs like fixing the windows, we have to paint the whole house, scraping the old paint off, prepping it and getting all that stuff ready and fixing some rotten wood around a few of the windows.”

Volunteer Kyle Woods added, “It feels good just to come out here and help people who need it, in the name of Jesus.”

The teens from Impact Virginia Teens will be working in Chesterfield all week, before moving on to other parts of the state like Orange, Danville, and Saluda, to complete their six weeks.

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