Students say YES to helping community

SANDUSKY Four area homeowners will have houses to be proud of, thanks to the scraping and painting of nearly 85 area students
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Four area homeowners will have houses to be proud of, thanks to the scraping and painting of nearly 85 area students, adults and college leaders.

The 2007 Youth Elect Services Program, which repairs homes of people in need, is primarily made up of students who are youth group members from Catholic parishes in northern Ohio.

The YES group began Wednesday night and will work through Saturday fixing up four houses -- three in Sandusky and one in Huron. They get housing repair recommendations from Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority and area churches.

The group looks for people who may not be able to make the home repairs on their own.

"We find the houses through Metro Housing. One of the criteria is that the family has to own the home and has to have the need," said Mary Murphy, an adult leader.

The group does a variety of work from roof repair to garage demolition, but the majority of their time goes into painting.

Volunteers working at a house on Shelby Street said both parties benefit from the service project.

"As much as a service it is, it's them sharing their lives with us and their experiences," Murphy said.

Murphy said it's a good opportunity for the students to learn more about life struggles.

"It's a lot of fun, and after everything's done, you get to see how grateful the families are. It's just an amazing experience," said Nicole Franklin, 17, of New London.

Five-year volunteer T.J. Miller, 19, is a college leader this summer.

"I like it not only for the social aspect and because you get to give back, but it's a way to make service fun," Miller said.