March is such a tough month for me. The weather is warm one day, and the next you have snow and high winds. We were really lucky this year with no measurable snow in January or February and above average temperatures. My dogwood tree is budding, and spring flowers are coming up. Just like when I was in grade school, the lion and lamb theory. A calendar at the front of Ready Elementary School would declare whether the weather was calm and warm like a lamb or loud and ferocious like a lion for each and every day of the month of March. So far, I would say that March is coming in like a lion.
March is also a gear-up month for me. Yes, we are again looking for volunteers for next month's 19th annual Portage Rebuilding Together (formerly Christmas in April).
I can't believe it's been 10 years since I took the next step and became a board member for Portage Rebuilding Together. I always knew how many people it took that day of the event because we participated since it’s inception as volunteers but I never really saw the action that took place prior to that weekend. Many names and faces participate on an annual basis all through the year. They solicit for house applications, solicit donations from individuals and local businesses, they look at all the projects, get supplies, set up and take down. The entire process almost takes the whole year prior to that day to coordinate. This is very time-consuming but it is a labor of love for all who come together.
This year six houses will be completed in the Portage Township area, and we will be doing some work for the Portage Resale Shop. Many factors have played a big role in the amount of houses the project can do every year. We can only do as much as our donations, both financial and materials, will allow us to do.
I really want to take the time to ask each and everyone to please volunteer for this wonderful program. It is one of the most heartfelt experiences I have ever had volunteering throughout my life. The recipients of the endeavors that Rebuilding Together does for them are always very appreciative of the work you do on their home. It’s a chance to give back to our neighbors and actually gets me motivated to do all my spring projects.
This year's event is 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 29. It starts out at Woodland Park and ends there. Volunteers are fed breakfast, lunch and dinner to keep up strength throughout the day and as a thank you for all the hard work done. Many local builders and contractors also volunteer their time and talents for this amazing day. Amazing, because it shows how much can be done in a short amount of time if you have many to do it. As we say at my church; many hands and feet make light work.
Please volunteer for this worthwhile event. You can pick up applications at the Portage Township Trustee’s office, the Bonner Senior Center, the South Haven and Portage Public Libraries, Salvation Army, Salon 360, Portage City Hall, Portage VFW, South Haven and Portage American Legions and Nativity and Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Churches.
If you can't volunteer, we are always taking donations from organizations and individuals. You can send checks to Portage Rebuilding Together, P.O. Box 2511, Portage, IN 46368.