This actually has to do with my day job. The Triad Apartment Association (TAA) is gearing up for it's annual Labor of Love and this year we'll be working with The Children's Home to fix up a building that's been vacant for over 25 years so that it can be used as transitional housing for kids who turn 18.
As things currently stand when a child turns 18 they are pretty much on their own. I don't know about you, but if I'd been left to my own devices at 18 I would have been in a world of hurt. The Children's Home envisions taking this refurbished building and using it as a place to temporarily house the 18 year-olds while they learn how to make their way in the world.
The TAA is going to take several teams of volunteers to clean up, paint, fix the landscaping and make repairs to the building over two weekends in February. We're in the process of organizing our teams and gathering supplies for the project. To give you an idea of the scope of this project we anticipate using a minimum of 200 gallons of paint and having dozens of volunteers on site at any given time.
One of the most exciting aspects of this project is that we keep getting donations and volunteers by word of mouth even though we haven't really been pushing it to this point. I can't tell you how many calls we've gotten from "friends of friends" who want to know how they can get involved. What I've been telling them is that we will happily take donations of supplies, or money (financial donations go directly to The Children's Home for the project), to help with the project. If we get a duplication of donations, say for kitchen appliances, then we've been assured that The Children's Home can find a use for them. If you have any interest in helping out please feel free to contact our office at (336) 294-4428 or visit our web page about the project here.
I wasn't yet at TAA when we did the 2009 Labor of Love so I'm REALLY stoked about this year's project.