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World Changers kicks off week of volunteer service in Little Rock (1)
World Changers kicks off week of volunteer service in Little Rock
providing home repairs for elderly residents
LITTLE ROCK (June 15, 2021) – About 30 World Changers volunteers have begun neighborhood improvement projects in Little Rock including painting 62-year-old Ms. Lille Tucker’s home in the Southwest Little Rock area of the city.
On Tuesday morning, about a dozen volunteers were preparing Tucker’s home to be painted and were joined by Mayor Frank Scott, Jr., At-Large City Director Joan Adcock, City Director B.J. Wyrick, Housing & Neighborhood Director Kevin Howard, Housing and Neighborhood Programs staff and others to kick off the project.
Mayor Scott welcomed the volunteers, who traveled from around the country to Little Rock, making 2021 the 17th year for the group to work in Arkansas’ capital city. “I want to welcome our World Changers friends. We are very grateful for this partnership with a faith-based organization clearly committed to true ministry. While World Changers was not able to be in Little Rock in 2020 due to the pandemic, we are so pleased to have them back with us in 2021. They are picking up this partnership where we left off.”
World Changers volunteers pay about $280 to travel to cities around the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico to work on repair projects. The organization is supported by the Southern Baptist Convention; area churches provide living quarters and meals for the volunteers.
Tucker, said she was pleased to learn she had been selected to have his home painted. “I am so grateful for these angels with hammers and paint brushes,” she said and thanked the volunteers and City officials and staff.
Kevin Howard, the city’s Housing and Neighborhood Director, said the program provides painting and exterior repairs for home owners who wouldn’t be able to afford the work.