Impact Yadkin begins

Volunteers from Impact Yadkin will work on homes and host Party in the Park throughout Yadkin County.

Saturday marked the beginning of a project that has been two years in the making for local ministry Impact Yadkin.

From June 13-20, about 900 volunteers will take on 80 home projects and organize Vacation Bible School’s throughout Yadkin County.

“We’ve got a good group of people,” said Impact Yadkin organizer Chris Hauser, who stated that, in total, around 2,000 people will have contributed to the mission in some way.

The home repair projects will help those in need by building wheelchair ramps, walking ramps, and making the house more handicap accessible. They also will provide reconstruction to areas of homes that need repair but the homeowner is unable to provide. Lumber and other materials are purchased through Yadkin Lumber Company and other local businesses, who generously offer the group a discount for their special projects.

“We’ll spend $50,000 to $60,000 on lumber, which would be nearly $100,000 for improvements without the discount,” said Hauser.

Along with local volunteers, two youth groups from Maryland, one from Kentucky and one from Hawaii, will participate in the local humanitarian efforts to reach those in need.

In seven parks throughout the county, including the Yadkin County Park, Impact Yadkin will host their Party in the Park for children aged kindergarten through fifth grade. During the party, children will participate in VBS activities that teaches them about God’s love. Along with stories and crafts, the children will be given free lunch. The Yadkin YMCA also is teaming up with the group to offer use of their swimming pool for activities.

“The Party in the Park is open to anyone,” said Hauser, encouraging children to join the fun regardless of their beliefs or background.

Impact Yadkin is the creation of Magnify Ministries organizers Chris Hauser, Brent Winslow and Jamie Reavis. After working on several mission projects in other areas of the country, the group came up with the idea of bringing missions home. In 2011, Impact Yadkin launched with 400 volunteers completing 55 home repair projects. In 2013, with more than 600 youth and adult volunteers, the group was able to complete 75 home repair projects and offer Vacation Bible School events with 230 children participating. This year the group plans to have even more volunteers, complete more projects, and reach more people in the community.

Through their service, the group has helped a number of people who enjoy the social interaction as much as the repair. Hauser recalled one woman who was extremely grateful for her roof repair, but also for the help she received from young volunteers.

“What seems simple to you or I may not be simple to her,” said Hauser. “She loved the time with those girls, they were so good with her. It was ministry because she was blessed by them. The ministry was really not the roof.”

Magnify Ministries is a combination of local churches from different denominations that works in partnership with the towns of East Bend, Boonville and Fall Creek to improve local homes in the community at minimal or no expense to the home owner. Funding is generally provided through donations and the generosity of local churches.

While their plan is to enrich the lives of those in the community, they have one priority above all else. “To make sure God gets the glory,” Hauser said.

Karen Holbrook may be reached at 336-258-4059 or on Twitter @KarenHolbrook00.

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