Chambersburg Project seeks applicants

April 30, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A group of volunteers ready and able to tackle home-improvement projects need applicants for free labor this July.

The Chambersburg Project, which started in 1998, sends youths and crew leaders to Franklin County, Pa., homes for things like roof repair, painting, yard work and installation of wheelchair ramps. Certified personnel handle limited amounts of electrical and plumbing issues each year.

The number of early applications for 2012 is less than usual, according to board member Doug Drooger.

The Chambersburg Project typically receives 80 applications a year and grants 50 to 60 of those requests.

“We prioritize them according to the need, the work and problems they have. ... We do look for more urgent need and the situations folks are in,” said Drooger, who said applicants must meet income thresholds.

Board members visit potential sites when deciding what projects to accept, he said.

The work comes at no cost to the homeowner, as Chambersburg Project provides manpower and materials.

The organization only serves Franklin County properties. Applicants must own their own home and not plan to sell it within a year.

“We’d rather be working for people that are living there and will continue to be living there,” Drooger said last week.

This year’s work camp will be held the week of July 8 with about 150 youths.

Organizers request that applications be submitted by June 15. They can be found at or requested by calling 717-261-0045.

The organization also needs adult volunteers in a variety of roles, including nurses, drivers, food-service volunteers, chaperones and crew leaders.

“You name it; we need help with it,” Drooger said.

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