CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) — Signs from floods’ past linger in some Cedar Rapids neighborhoods, visible reminders in the form of dilapidated facades of houses haunting residents.
One local faith-based nonprofit, Matthew 25, is playing its part in replacing those reminders with repairs, renovations, and restoration.
With the mission of empowering people to transform neighborhoods, Matthew 25 is hosting its 2nd annual Transform Week starting on June 26.
“Transform Week is really just going in and seeing how we can help build up these neighborhoods,” said Eden Youngberg, the organization’s development and communications coordinator.
The group plans to complete 12 projects in five days, and is currently seeking people needing help along with volunteers and sponsors.
The projects range from light construction and repair to building rampways for homeowners and gardens for neighborhood areas.
Like the first year, Matthew 25 will focus its efforts on the Taylor neighborhood of Cedar Rapids, with executive director Clint Twedt-Ball explaining that targeting a specific geographic area tends to be more effective.
His message to residents on the city’s southwest side — pick up the phone and call Matthew 25 at (319)362-2214.
“If they’re in the Taylor neighborhood and they’ve felt like their backs against the wall and they need some help, they need to contact us so that we can help them out,” said Twedt-Ball.
To be eligible, applicants must live in the southwest side of Cedar Rapids, be a homeowner or have permission from the landlord, make under 60 percent of the median income for a household of four (roughly $45,700), and have a building-related need.
The service is free, thanks to presenting sponsor Ingredion, as well as various other sponsors.
Click here to learn more about Transform Week, including how to sign up as a sponsor or volunteer.
For their service, volunteers will receive a complimentary lunch and free t-shirt.
Transform Week runs June 26-30 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.