Mr. Handyman National Day of Service September 9th, 2011

As part of the National Day of Service, technicians from My Handyman of Ann Arbor will perform over 80 hours of repair and maintenance jobs on Sept. 9, all without a collecting a single penny in labor costs. Mr. Handyman's corporate office will make First Step , a domestic violence shelter in Canton, MI, the day's primary beneficiary. A My Handyman technician and nine home office employees will perform maintenance and repairs including adding child safety latches to cabinets, moving items between offices , hanging clocks, changing outside lights and securing bookshelves to the wall.

The project is an example of a national effort through Mr. Handyman , where technicians from Los Angeles to Washington D.C., have organized local repair projects that will all take place Sept. 9 for children's hospitals, domestic violence shelters, homes of military veterans, and other groups in need across the country. "We are thrilled to be working with First Step as part of Mr. Handyman's National Day of Service campaign," said Doug LaPlant, owner of My Handyman in Dexter, MI. "We are always looking for ways to give back to our community and we are excited to be a part of a national operation to help organizations in need."

The National Day of Service and Remembrance was established in 2009 as a way to encourage Americans to participate in service and remembrance activities on the 9/11 anniversary. This year, more than 1 million Americans are expected to serve in their communities in honor of 9/11, according to United We Serve , a national organization that rallies behind the cause. The day is part of President Obama's request to renew America through volunteerism.

This marks the third consecutive year Mr. Handyman has rallied around the cause, donating a combined 1,600 hours of labor to groups in need over the past two years. The franchise will use their skilled technicians' time with the local charities and plans to build on this effort in 2011. "Our brand is made up of local entrepreneurs who thrive in their communities and there's no better time for our franchisees to give back than on this day," said Todd Recknagel, President and CEO of Mr. Handyman. "During this time, it's important to show the country what we're capable of - a day when we give something of great value to those who need us most."

Doug LaPlant is owner of My Handyman of Ann Arbor providing Handyman Services to Ann Arbor, MI. 3948 Ranchero Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108-2775. Phone: 734-662-5555.

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