More than 25 years ago, an adult Sunday school class at Floris UMC kicked around the idea of doing volunteer work together outside of the classroom. Today that effort lives on in Floris' participation in National Rebuilding Together Day. Great care goes into planning for each year’s project. The needs of the project are assessed and the specific labor required is determined well in advance. All levels are needed and welcomed, from the most skilled work like drywall repair and new floor installation to painting and clearing yard debris. Careful effort is made to match each volunteer to a job suited for them. Volunteers are divided into teams and each team is given a specific task, such as renovating a bathroom or building a wheelchair ramp. After the preparations are done, the day arrives. Volunteers meet early in the morning at Floris UMC, register, receive T-shirts, strategize and travel to the site. The work is typically completed in 8-10 hours.
Rebuilding Together has touched countless lives over its 25 year history at our church. Marcie Tuggle sums it up, “So often the homeowners are overwhelmed financially and emotionally. This gives them a fresh start.” Considering the volunteer’s perspective, she says with a smile, “You really do get so much more back than you give.”
This past year, Floris UMC participated on Saturday, April 29, 2017.