Mr. Handyman businesses around the country are less than a week away
from honoring the victims of September 11 on the National Day of Service and Remembrance. Our franchise owners and Home Office team members have donated a day making repairs and improvements in local fire departments, domestic violence shelters, military veterans and charitable organizations.
This year, nearly 800 hours of professional handyman services will be donated, bringing our total to over 4,600 hours since we began in 2009.
Here's what a few Mr. Handyman franchise owners have to say about participating:
"We are thrilled to be working with Community Housing Advocacy & Development (CHAD) as part of Mr. Handyman's National Day of Service campaign. 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 others in need," said Wayne Owczarzak, owner of Mr. Handyman of Wheaton.
When Jo McCabe, Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia - Arlington to Haymarket was asked if she's participating in this year's National Day of Service, she said, "Of course we're participating! This year's recipient of our services was recommended by the VFW and is a U.S. Army World War II veteran."
"Spending a day supporting the Naples Fire Department was a big deal for our team over the past few years. Within our community, there are several fire departments and being able to connect to the people on the front line is pretty moving. They do jobs we wouldn't be able to do, so helping them with their improvement projects is very gratifying," said Jay Gravel, owner of Mr. Handyman serving Greater Naples.
Other projects planned in observance of the 2014 National Day of Service include:
- Cindy Parks-Talley and Kris Talley, owners of Mr. Handyman of Midwest Collin County , are donating their team's time at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary.
- In the Orlando, Fla. area, Bob Curley and Michael Slason teaming up to support a woman recommended by Compassionate Hands and Hearts Breast Cancer Outreach , which was founded by WFTV Anchor Vanessa Echols.
- Long-time participant Chad Olson, owner of Mr. Handyman of SE Orlando , will spend his day working again at the Safehouse of Seminole. He was inspired to help years ago when he saw an abused women come into the shelter with her children.
- The Garner Road Community Center will have items on their facility's To Do list checked off by Bruce and Robin Foster's team at Mr. Handyman of Western Wake County.
- Michael Carney, owner of Mr. Handyman of the Southwest Atlanta Suburbs , and his team of technicians are planning to install handrails and improve accessibility and safety in homes suggested by Fayette Senior Services.
- Along with the Mr. Handyman Home Office team, Greg Kemp, owner of My Handyman of Ann Arbor, Chelsea and Saline will paint trim, stain a deck, maintain landscaping and more at the Peace Neighborhood Center.
- A disabled veteran will receive free handyman services from Mr. Handyman serving S Lee County , which is owned by Allen Furrer.
- Making a return visit to the volunteer Bowie Fire Department, Kevin Crysler and Diana McKinney, owners of Mr. Handyman of Anne Arundel and NE PG said their technicians have awning and roof repairs and painting projects planned.
- The Quigley House will be assisted again by Mr. Handyman serving Greater Jacksonville , owned by Mike and Libby McCalley.
- Ted Tennenbaum and David Silverman will combine their workforce to give a deserving, Los Angeles-area veteran some much-needed assistance.
- In Arlington, Tom and Suzy Ware, will also support a military veteran by making home repairs closer to Veteran's Day.