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Volunteers tidy up Idora neighborhood



Published: Tue, June 28, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

By LINDA M. LINONIS

and Christine Keeling

news@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Volunteers from the city and around the country are working up a sweat and getting dirty for a good cause.

The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. joined forces with Tabernacle Evangelical Presbyterian Church’s Youth Mission Program to paint the home of Carolyn Jackson on West Laclede Avenue in the Idora neighborhood.

On another block of West Laclede, a six-person crew from Millcreek Youth Workcamp helped Janet Trevathan clean up her yard while her house in the 500 block was power-washed before being painted.

“I thank God Almighty that they are here,” Trevathan said. “I needed this help. ... If I’m able to do it, I will.”

The Millcreek campers, numbering 375 youths age 14 to 17 and 20 adult volunteers from 10 states, arrived Sunday in the Mahoning Valley and are being housed at Chaney High School. The campers represent 17 churches and youth groups from various denominations. The project, which runs to Friday, is an effort of Western Reserve United Methodist Church and Group Workcamps Foundation, Loveland, Colo.

The 65 Millcreek crews made up of five youths and one adult, will be at 60 sites in the city, where most projects revolve around interior and exterior painting, building a wheelchair ramp and installing a handrail. Homeowners applied for help, which is for the elderly, disabled and those with limited resources.

Jeremy Schmidt, 16, of Itasca, Ill., on his third work camp, summed up the project: “Christianity is a verb ... not just a noun. This is a spiritual experience ... helping people who need it.”

Rex Beale of Streetsboro, Millcreek Youth Workcamp director, and Carrie Boyer, co-sponsor representative of Western Reserve UMC, were checking on work crews.

Beale, involved since 1992, said individuals from youth groups are assigned to different crews. Of his own experience, he said, “I saw that it was changing lives for young people."

Boyer, who has volunteered six times as an adult, said, “The hands-on project shows God’s love. ... It’s a joyful experience knowing you’re helping someone.”

Adam Zimmerman, 14, of Louisville, Ky., said the work camp is about “being of service” and “connecting to God.”

Hosanna Kim, 16, of Chappaqua, N.Y., a member of the Korean Church of West Chester, said helping others is a “demonstration of your faith.”

Edward McColly, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. program coordinator, said the agency picks projects on a house-by-house basis and focuses on its model block programs in the 700 block of Laclede Avenue, Lincoln Park Drive and Lanterman Avenue. He said it costs about $2,000 to paint a home. Two homes on Laclede were completed last year, and McColly said he hoped one more could be painted this summer.

Home-improvement projects “empower the homeowner and the neighborhood,” said McColly.

Homeowner Jackson said she was working in the backyard and her father was sitting on the porch when the YNDC approached them.

“It’s a blessing from God,” said Jackson. “It means a lot to me because [painting] is very expensive to do.” Jackson has lived in her South Side home for 15 years and said it was five years ago when the house was last painted.

For members of the youth mission, spending the day painting was a way to give back to the community.

“Youngstown needs stories of hope and people to invest in it,” said Dan Osborn, director of student ministries for Tabernacle. He said the mission group usually travels out of state to do its work but this year decided to spend its time and resources locally. Thirteen junior-high mission members in sixth through eighth grades showed up to lend a helping hand.

“I like just helping people and seeing their reactions,” said 11-year-old Sarah Oman of Poland.

More than 30 members of four of the church’s mission groups will volunteer at the Rescue Mission, Second Harvest Food Bank, Victoria House and area summer lunch programs throughout the week.


Comments

1Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

lanacek

"There are far more expressions of care like this on the Southside than there are acts of violence "

The Millcreek campers, numbering 375 youths age 14 to 17 and 20 adult volunteers from 10 states, arrived Sunday in the Mahoning Valley and are being housed at Chaney High School.

I wonder how many volunteers are from the South Side?

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2hmm(183 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Amen there are more good deeds then bad Being done daily BUT. They don't sell newspapers

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

It is a wonder that none of the volunteers got attacked and robbed .

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4captdinger(108 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

"I wonder how many volunteers are from the South Side?"
Good question."lifes2short"

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

The elite in tha hood are always extracting dues from all who dare to enter . They would have been drawn to the activity . Did YPD stand guard ?

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6Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Some people try to do something good( thank you) and the haters come out from under their rocks . GO DOWN AND HELP

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7reader1(19 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

@Stan, Life Captain and Terry...one thing we do know is that you were not there because if you were you would not be making these STUPID comments. All talk and no action as usual...

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8reader1(19 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

@ Falcon and BELLAMY... sure would have been great for you two to have shared in the work load also since you wanted to add your STUPID comments. In other words someone from outside of your city had to show you how to get 'er done...and you got the nerve to call somebody shiftless and they don't even live on the southside like you do BELLAMY. Go figure..

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9DwightK(1266 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

These folks did a good thing in a part of town that really ned shelp. We should be congratulating them instead of snarking from behind keyboards.

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10Bigben(1996 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Hats off to the Christian volunteers.

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11CompMan(125 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Nice project for neighborhoods. Now will the EPA and painters union complain about lead paint issues or are they immune?

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12republicanRick(1169 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

So, OUT OF TOWN people came to Youngstown's South Side and did free labor, cleanup, and painting? Where are the South Side residents, and, why did they not pitch in and help? Do people in this part ot town do ANYTHING for themselves? Or, do they just protest and request more government aid?

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13Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Freeatlast :

"Some people try to do something good( thank you) and the haters come out from under their rocks . GO DOWN AND HELP"

I woulda went down to give ya a hand but ya didn't tell me it was happenin .

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14paulydel(1308 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

This is a good thing and I'm glad to see it happening. those were decent neighborhoods when I was growing up. I sure miss Idora Park. At least there is some good that came out of all this with the exception of some of the worthless comments that were made.

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15Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Stan most of time I do not answer haters but you sir are full of BS .If you spend so much time on the comp. you should have known . Maybe you should get out from behind that comp. and go down and help out at one of many soup kitchen . Or is that below you high station in life .To me you sound like a loser with a grudge. There is a life beyond 7650 comments
.TRY IT
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16Eric(196 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Stan does not work and lives off of the government. Then he has the tenacity to complain about everyone else. Stan, get a job and you won't have so much time to sit around and complain.

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17Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

freeatlast

"Some people try to do something good( thank you) and the haters come out from under their rocks . GO DOWN AND HELP"

Not hating, where did that come from? Because you ask a question how many were from the southside your considered a hater. Whatever. Anyway when people comment that there is a lot of good on the southside that is a bold face lie, because it's not. Called real life.
And by the way, I donated $$ to YNDC a few times, thank you very much.

reader1
"@Stan, Life Captain and Terry...one thing we do know is that you were not there because if you were you would not be making these STUPID comments. All talk and no action as usual..."

Where you there reader? Thought so. And read the above comment. Thank you very much.

dwight

"These folks did a good thing in a part of town that really ned shelp. We should be congratulating them instead of snarking from behind keyboards."

Who's snarking? What is snarking? smh

pauley

"At least there is some good that came out of all this with the exception of some of the worthless comments that were made."

It's very good. But the big question is, will that change the violence on the southside?

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18cambridge(3031 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Stan/Lifes2Short.....I think you're getting your usernames mixed up.

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19Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Eric :

"Stan does not work and lives off of the government. Then he has the tenacity to complain about everyone else. Stan, get a job and you won't have so much time to sit around and complain."

Ah the prospect of my first job ! This wouldn't be a job offer by chance would it ?

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