Group could use your help


Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 2:20 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 2:20 p.m.

You don't need carpentry skills to build access ramps for residents who are in need.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

What: Christians Concerned for the Community needs volunteers for minor home repairs for elderly and disabled.
When: Year-round.
Where: Gainesville and Alachua County.
Information: Call 352-371-1768 or visit http://cccgainesville.org.

All you need is a big heart and a desire to volunteer your time with Christians Concerned for the Community.

Ericson Frank, executive director of Christians Concerned for the Community, or CCC, said volunteers are needed year-round to build access ramps for elderly and disabled residents.

Frank said CCC is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1987 by Lynn and Suzanne Groce, former Gainesville residents. It is located at 1903 NW 35th Ave.

And residents who need help, such as with access ramps, yard and house cleaning, minor home repairs, transportation to the grocery store or an appointment, and with furniture and appliances can call 211, the hotline at United Way of North Central Florida, or CCC at 352-371-1768.

He said CCC partners with churches, organizations and government agencies to help meet the practical, spiritual and human development needs of residents in Alachua County.

Timpie Davis, 93, and a longtime northeast Gainesville resident, received help last fall. Her son, Shelton Davis, said CCC corrected a deteriorated access ramp and painted the exterior of her home. Shelton Davis said the request was for repairs to the access ramp, but during the home visit, it was decided the house needed a face-lift.

"Lots of volunteers came, and in little more than half a day, they painted the exterior and repaired the ramp," said Shelton Davis. "They did an excellent job and it was labor intensive. My mom is very happy."

Frank said CCC is about neighbors helping neighbors and "expressing the love of God by equipping the church to help people," he said, adding that CCC works with churches in Gainesville and Alachua County to help residents.

"We try to build one ramp per week," Frank said. "There is a great need and we have people on a waiting list and the requests keep coming."

Referrals can come from individuals, family members, churches, organizations, neighbors, and others in the community. The process consists of a home visit to see what is needed, planning with family and neighbors to design a working plan, raising resources and getting volunteers.

He said referrals are reviewed case by case, and funding for materials can come from grants, churches, organizations, neighbors, family members and individuals.

"It's case by case," Frank said. "We commit to raising the funds."

Frank said in October, CCC will hold its annual "Fantastic Home Facelift" project. This year, five homes will be selected for a facelift, which will include exterior paint, garden work and home repairs. Referrals are being accepted now by calling 352-371-1768. Residents interested in volunteering also can sign up online at http://cccgainesville.org/volunteer/.

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