Poor weather slowed progress, but didn’t dampen spirits

LEWISTOWN — While inclement weather meant that volunteers who participated in the third annual Week of Caring could only complete just over half of the possible jobs they set out to do, it didn’t dampen the spirits of the 73 volunteers who turned out to the event.

“Overall, we were able to help a lot of folks,” said the Rev. Randy Hughes, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Lewistown, who spearheaded the event.

Week of Caring, held July 30 to Aug. 3, serves as a week-long effort to provide manpower needed to complete home projects throughout Mifflin County.

Volunteers from more than a dozen area churches logged more than 230 hours of volunteer service and completed 15 of 28 possible jobs.

Hughes said he hopes volunteers are able to complete some of the remaining projects at other times throughout the year.

“Every person I spoke to was thankful and grateful,” he said.

Some volunteers gathered at Cavalry Baptist Church following the event for a worship service.

“It was a small gathering, but meaningful,” he said. “We heard a lot of encouraging words from our friends at Cavalry about moving forward.”

The group expects to start planning for the fourth annual Week of Caring in January.