Opportunity knocks every dayIf you missed a volunteer slot on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” project, you can still make a difference. Residents flooded phone lines and e-mail boxes to offer their time on the as-yet-unknown building site, where a new home will be built for a deserving Twin Ports family in one week. Local businesses stepped up to donate labor and supplies.
By: Maria Lockwood, Superior Telegram
If you missed a volunteer slot on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” project, you can still make a difference.
Residents flooded phone lines and e-mail boxes to offer their time on the as-yet-unknown building site, where a new home will be built for a deserving Twin Ports family in one week. Local businesses stepped up to donate labor and supplies.
“To me, it’s really gratifying to see as a community, one population across two states, we really can work together on our efforts,” said Arno Kahn of Builders Commonwealth Inc., the Duluth company in charge of the build, during a pep rally Tuesday at the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Wessman Arena.
The host of the reality TV show, Ty Pennington, will knock on the family’s door Monday morning. That knock will set in motion a whirlwind of activity – 106 hours of construction – that will end when the family returns to their new home Aug. 10.
The giving doesn’t have to stop there.
Twin Ports donation opportunities include financial contributions, which can be made online at www.extremebuilderscommonwealth.com, or by visiting any National Bank of Commerce branch. Spectators and volunteers are also being asked to participate in the blood and food drives that are being coordinated to take place on the building site. These drives, led by Memorial Blood Center and Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, are intended to benefit the entire Twin Ports community.
And, say those who attended a pep rally at Wessman Arena on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus Tuesday, opportunity knocks every day.
“We want our community to know we can do this any time we want to,” said Dave Minor, executive director of the Superior-Douglas County Chamber of Commerce.
Help mow a neighbor’s lawn, or pick up a paintbrush to help a friend, urged Greg Young, owner of Young’s Plumbing & Heating in Superior, which is in charge of plumbing the new house.
“You don’t need a camera to do that,” he said.
Douglas County Chairman Doug Finn pointed out that this is a caring community.
“I encourage all of us to help others and make this a greater place to live,” he told the crowd.
We are willing to reach out to neighbors in need, said Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar. “The people in Northern Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin never say no when it matters,” he told the crowd.
Although the general volunteer slots have been filled, Builders Commonwealth is in need of skilled volunteers from the community to provide their time, support, and resources to help ensure the success of this life-altering project. Areas of need include drywall and framing specialists.
Designers of the show also put a call out to the community and area retailers expressing need for the following items: furniture, books, photo printer, toys, plexiglass, along with services including: seamstress, screen printer, muralist, florist and fabric supplier. The Twin Ports community is encouraged to keep visiting the Web site for updated information regarding spectator and volunteer opportunities. Interested individuals or companies can find more information on how to volunteer time and resources at www.extremebuilderscommonwealth.com.