September 10, 2009
September 10, 2009

Update: View the 2010 Mr. Handyman National Day of Service

Mr. Handyman's franchisees are answering President Obama's call for volunteerism. Just two short weeks after Franchisee Teddy Tenenbaum of Beverly Hills, Calif. asked his peers to participate in our first-ever National Day of Service on September 10, 2009, franchise owners have already pledged more than 368 hours (46 days!) of repair and maintenance service to charitable organizations across the United States and Canada.

A few charities receiving assistance from Mr. Handyman franchisees across the system are highlighted below:

Ted Tenenbaum and Los Angeles area owners Ed Reilly, David Silverman, Larry Prior and Michael Wirtes are teaming up to support the Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles by performing accessibility and safety upgrades at homes, as well as emergency maintenance to improve the quality of living standards.

• Tina Gleisner, franchise owner of My Handyman of Southern New Hampshire plans to support the New Outlook Teen Center by working on building storage, including shelving for crafts and sports equipment.

• Minneapolis area owners Darrell Watkins , Sylvia Matijasevich, Gary Alick, Steve Brown and Brad Herbst are teaming up to support Teen Challenge, and plan to dedicate between five and seven technicians to the day.

• Marc and Teresa McGee on Enola, Penn. are working with new franchisees and neighbors Chad and Kathy Price of Harrisburg, Penn. to support their local Rebuilding America.

• Colorado franchise owners Gary Mayle and Doug David are working with Angel House and Angel Village, who provide meals, mentoring and case management to homeless families with children. Donated services include exterior painting, door repairs, interior lockset replacements, a ceiling fan installation, dishwasher installation, tile grout repairs, wallpaper repairs, interior trim and installing some shelving.

• Michael McCalley, owner of Mr. Handyman in Orange Park, Fla. is donating time to Waste Not, Want Not, a charity collecting expiring food from supermarkets and distributes to food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters. Michael plans to work on the organization's gutters and awning and complete some general repairs.

Special thanks to Ron Locandro of Simsbury, Conn. for recommending Rebuilding Together, a national charity for owners to support, if they want. The charity works to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. Their network of more than 200 affiliates provides free rehabilitation and critical repairs to the homes of low-income Americans.