Our post is blessed with active, caring members. We get involved in the community and raise Veteran Relief funds for the benefit of veterans, their families, and our community. We help hospitalized veterans, hospice veterans, homeless veterans, two North Carolina Fisher Houses, our brothers at the American Legion and others. But, we always strive to do more.
The Post stepped out of the box this past month to tackle a project designed to help a local Korean War veteran. We were approached by Bill Munsee of the Greater Chapel Hill Association of Realtors’ Fix-A-Home project. The association reaches out to the community each year by fixing up a home of a person in need. We were asked to assist in locating a veteran.
Korean War veteran Jack Neville of Carrboro was an ideal candidate. We learned about his need through a personal visit to help him locate replacement military service separation paperwork. His home had a leaking roof that damaged the interior of his bungalow. There was ceiling, wall, and carpeting damage. The repairs were far greater than he could handle without help. We supported his candidacy for this year’s Fix-A-Home project. (Jack Neville is not now a member or our post, but has expressed interest in joining.)
A review of Jack Neville’s home repair needs was made and we soon learned that the scope would be larger than normal. The most important part was to re-roof the house to protect the interior. Bill Munsee asked for our help with the roof. He could get the labor, but there was still the cost of materials.
Our post took on the funding of the roof by approaching other potential benefactors. We found help right down the street from Jack Neville. Mac Fitch of Fitch Lumber Company, Carrboro, funded and provided the underlayment, a roof ridge vent system, and roof vent seals. We were still missing the most important part, the shingles.
Post 9100 took a look at the cost of the materials and we were able to fund a low-quality shingle. We discussed our options and approved $500 from our Veterans’ Relief Funds toward the materials. Next, Mark Summner stood up in the meeting and made a “pass the hat” challenge with $20 to start the collection. Fives, tens, twenties and a fifty dollar bill soon filled the hat. We raised an additional $220 to replenish our relief fund and to ensure we had enough to buy the shingles.
As this writer likes to say, “Wait, wait, there’s more!”
We returned to Fitch Lumber with cash in hand and an idea. “Was it possible to get the CertainTeed distributor to provide materials with a special discount for this project.” Mac Fitch had already stepped up to personally help us and we asked him to help us stretch our cash in hand. Mac made no promises, but he did reach out to his distributor. The result was beyond our expectations. We obtained a 30-year shingle for the project and we remained within budget!
While we were working on materials, Bill Munsee was busy lining up a roofing team to install the roof and we now had the materials for him. Tri-City Insulation, Herndon Construction, and Thomas Roofing Company teams cleared the old shingles, repaired the damaged wood structure, and laid the shingles.
A lot of people came together to make this new roof possible, but there is still more to do. Plans are underway to repair the interior and volunteers are needed. You can learn more about the project so far and the many other sponsors by reading Plugging the Leaks.