Monthly Archives: November 2014

Community Service Opportunities

Brother Knights:
As you know, our council is very active helping with a variety of parish activities. This year, we are making an effort to provide service and assistance to others outside of our parish. Our Community Director, Dave Nilles, has identified two groups who could use our help , Rebuilding Together and the Great Plains Food Bank. Please review the following information and let Dave and I know by email your interest in doing some projects outside of the church setting.

Wade Frank
Grand Knight, Council 11930

Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together is a nationwide home repair and rehabilitation initiative dedicated to keeping low-income homeowners living in safety, warmth and independence through volunteer services. The Fargo group recently started. Electrical and plumbing work does need to be done by a licensed electrician/plumber. The materials are provided. We would need to provide the manpower, skills and tools to complete the jobs.

Here is a list of their current projects, which they hope to conclude by the year’s end. Please let me know which project you can help with.

Resident 1 lives in a manufactured home in Fargo. He has a severe mental disability and lives solely on Social Security Disability. He needs repair to walls & flooring in kitchen and bath. The floors in bath and kitchen need to be inspected for strength and integrity.

Resident 2 is paralyzed on one side and lives on $700/month Disability. He has a home in north Fargo that has 6 old double hung windows that need to be replaced. These windows are original to home.

Resident 3 needs new kitchen drawers. The fronts are coming off and the drawers are plastic. There aren’t replacements made since the cupboards are so old. She is a widow of a Veteran and still has a day care to supplement her Social Security check.

Resident 4 is a widow of a Veteran who died of cancer. She has an older home just south of Barnesville, MN. She will need blown-in insulation installed in her walls and attic.

Resident 5 lives with her son and both have a disability. Her son was in the military for a short time. She has had her home in Moorhead for almost 20 years and needs help with new carpet in bedroom and linoleum in kitchen.

The Great Plains Food Bank
The Great Plains Food Bank always appreciates volunteers. I have attached their volunteer tips and schedule information. We are looking to do a volunteer project with them in December, after our busy Fall and because they typically schedule six weeks out. They have several programs, such as filling backpacks for disadvantaged schoolchildren or stocking shelves. We can shoot for a specific project, but it sounds like they would like us do to whatever is of greatest need at that time. GPFB_2014 Volunteer Tips and Schedule