Non-profit Makes An Impact In Earlville

By: Zachary Meseck

Non-profit makes an impact in Earlville

EARLVILLE – A local non-profit lead over 50 volunteers to the Village of Earlville last weekend to rebuild a roof for a disabled couple in need.

At 9 a.m. on Saturday, volunteers from a non-profit called the Impact Project arrived at 4 Abbott Ave in Earlville where Robert and Kristin Thomas reside.

According to Impact Project Founder Jim Willard III, in a matter of 5 hours, volunteers had installed a whole new roof on their home, new gutters and did all new landscaping around the property.

Willard said without the efforts of the 50 plus volunteers, the Thomas residence was facing an impending disaster as it may not have lasted another winter.

"Robert and Kristin Thomas, residents of Earlville, New York, knew their roof had seen better days and it wouldn’t be long before the situation wouldn’t be sustainable," said Willard. "Both being disabled they didn’t have the skills, physical ability nor the financial resources to fix the problem."

He said the Thomas’s found themselves coming to a crossroads so they decided to apply to The Impact Project for assistance.

He added that in its evaluation, The Impact Project found four major areas of the roof that needed to be addressed very soon and probably wouldn’t have made it through another winter without serious damage.

Kristin Thomas discussed the failing roof and the need for this project saying, "We noticed a section of our ceiling that was starting to show signs of water damage, after looking into the costs to repair the roof we knew we wouldn't be able to afford it."

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