As part of the National Day of Service , technicians from Mr. Handyman of Greater Grand Rapids will perform more than 30 hours of repair and maintenance jobs for a local family in need Sept. 9 - all without collecting a single penny in labor costs.
Along with other local groups, Mr. Handyman will work to repair the Wyoming, Mich. mobile home of Army Sgt. Ben Wisenbaugh, who was permanently injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded near his caravan during his second tour of duty in Iraq. Wisenbaugh, 33, now retired, suffers from hearing and memory loss, as well as constant back pain and lives with his wife and three children in a home that needs repair.
The project is being coordinated by Angie's List Wishmakers , through a request from national group Our Forgotten Warriors. Other local businesses Wilderness Electric and Bruce Jennings Builders are also part of the remodeling efforts. Mr. Handyman will assist when the project kicks off Sept. 9, by helping with demolition and window repair and replacement at the home, 2794 Timmins St. SW.
This is one 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 Angie's List Wishmakers to help this local family as part of Mr. Handyman's National Day of Service campaign," said Andrea Allen, owner of Mr. Handyman of Greater Grand Rapids. "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.
"The Angie's List Wishmakers program relies on support from highly-rated local contractors like Mr. Handyman in Grand Rapids," said Angie's List founder Angie Hicks. "We've delivered nearly a quarter of a million dollars worth of home repairs to needy families across America. I can't thank our Wishmakers partners enough, and I know the recipients will never forget their generosity."
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