Since 2009, Mr. Handyman owners from around the country have organized local events to support the National Day of Service and Remembrance. So far this year, 12 owners have completed their projects, and another eight owners registered and plan to donate repair and maintenance service to a deserving person or charity between now and January 2016.
Several media interviews, articles, television appearances and social media mentions were the result of this year's event. You can check out the photos in the 2015 National Day of Service Facebook album. Some highlights are included below:
Brenda Boudry from Mr. Handyman of Chattanooga and her technicians spent a day at VFW Post 2598 to repair wood rotted floors, replace fluorescent lights and paint. The Chattanoogan shared the story.
Michael Carney from Mr. Handyman of the Southwest Atlanta Suburbs donated the time of six technicians to provide much-needed work in homes of Fayette County and Henry County senior citizens. He worked with the Fayette and Henry Counties Senior Services to coordinate projects. WAGA-TV aired the coverage and News Anchor Doug Evans commented and shared the story on his Facebook page. The story was also posted on WAGA-TV's website and Georgia Newsday picked it up!
Bruce and Robin Foster own Mr. Handyman of Western Wake County and helped Lynn Potter return to her North Raleigh home for the first time in two years by building and installing a wheelchair ramp. One of their employees heard about Potter's story and the Fosters collaborated with Navigate NC to make this life-changing improvement. The News & Observer featured the work and sent a photographer to capture the technicians in action.
Cindy Parks-Talley and Kris Talley own Mr. Handyman of Midwest Collin County and returned to the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary to help build a new exhibit. The producer at WFAA-TV was intrigued and sent a crew to cover the construction and interview Kris Talley.
Jo McCabe from Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia - Haymarket to Arlington once again made the most generous contribution to a cause near and dear to her heart - a military veteran. Retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Sortino and his wife Irene were identified by McCabe's local VFW and McCabe pulled out all the stops and she and her team spent 156 hours replacing wood rot between the house and the deck, installing light fixtures, re-routing plumbing among other items on their home's To Do list.
Colonel Sortino served our country for over 27 years from 1962-1990. His career included tours in Okinawa, Parris Island and Camp Lejeune. Colonel Sortino served as commander of the Joint Interface Test Force at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, as well as at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps as the Marine Corps Artillery Acquisition Officer and ultimately, the Deputy Director of Plans Division. Colonel Sortino has been recognized for his dedication with several awards and honors, including the Defense Superior Service Medal.
The VFW celebrated McCabe and her team by posting photos on their website following the event.
Steve Morad has owned Mr. Handyman of South Essex County for the past 10 years and celebrated his milestone anniversary by giving back to his community through the National Day of Service. Morad and his techs worked at the Citizens for Adequate Housing, which is a temporary shelter for the area's homeless. Later in the day, the Chamber of Commerce helped recognize Morad for local business ownership.