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WKU offices partner with Habitat to offer exterior home improvements

Susan Barbour, WKU Building Services Attendant, is one of many homeowners who sometimes find it difficult to complete repairs to their home.  “Homes need maintenance,” Barbour added. “If not, it will all fall apart.”

Helping individuals improve their home is the idea behind Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness program, and the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships and Student Activities’ Leadership & Volunteerism offices are partnering with Habitat to kick off the program during National Volunteer Week.

Through this program, local low-income homeowners are able to apply for assistance with necessary exterior home repairs and upgrades. “I think it will help them to make home repairs and small energy efficient savings that they probably won’t be able to do on their own,” said Rodney Goodman, Executive Director for the Bowling Green/Warren County Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity’s office gets a number of phone calls from individuals that need work done to their home. Removing the worry of how to make exterior improvements, like building a ramp or patching a roof, can make a difference and truly transform someone’s life. This is why A Brush with Kindness is part of the WKU’s National Volunteer Week theme – Project Transform.

“A Brush with Kindness promotes the true meaning of partnership…it’s the type of project that allows for a connection to be made between the volunteers and the homeowners as they work together to make the home improvements. It’s truly empowering for the homeowner and deeply fulfilling for the volunteers. Isn’t that what making a difference is all about?” said Leah Ashwill, WKU ALIVE Center Director.

The ALIVE Center and Leadership & Volunteerism want to encourage campus and community members to take part by volunteering with the project during the week. In addition, other projects will take place around the theme of transforming lives.

Homeowners can attend any one of three application sessions to learn more about the program and apply for A Brush with Kindness. More information and details on what to bring to the sessions can be found at www.wku.edu/projecttransform. The application sessions will take place on the following dates:

  • Sunday, Jan. 29: 3-5 p.m. at the WKU ALIVE Center, 1818 31W ByPass
  • Thursday, Feb. 2: 6-8 p.m. at the Bowling Green Police Department
  • Friday, Feb. 3: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at WKU Student Activities office, Downing University Center third floor

Applications will be evaluated after the Feb. 17 deadline. For information, contact Habitat for Humanity at (270) 843-6027. For information about Project Transform, contact the ALIVE Center at (270) 782-0082 or WKU Student Activities at (270) 745-2459.

Contact: Aurelia Spaulding, (270) 782-0082.

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