HomeFront Day: Wilton turns out in force

Dozens of volunteers from Wilton participated in the 27th annual HomeFront Day on Saturday, May 3. Overall, some 2,500  volunteers from 75 faith communities, corporations, and civic and non-profit groups offered home repairs to 75 local, low-income families, including 15 who were victimized by Superstorm Sandy.

With funding from the American Red Cross and AmeriCares, HomeFront volunteers worked to repair roofs, address the effects of flooding and clear away trees and brush.

From Wilton, volunteers came from the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, St. Matthew’s Episcopal and Wilton Presbyterian churches and Our Lady of Fatima, which is believed to be the longest-participating HomeFront team, now in its 23rd year of service.

Sharon McKenna was one of the volunteers on the team sent by St. Matthew’s and Wilton Presbyterian churches. They worked on a home owned by two sisters in Wilton.

“Our team of volunteers tackled home repair projects from attic insulation; clearing out rubbish; tiling floors; painting the bathroom, front door and the kitchen; building shelves or well covers to clearing out overgrowth; installing doors and lighting; to creating a garden bed with perennial purple flowers,” she said in an email to The Bulletin.

“The volunteers were people with various skills who all shared their love, kindness and perspiration on this magical day. It was a satisfying and rewarding day for everyone.”

Among the volunteers were Andy Payne, Nancy and Bill Brautigam, Tom and Laura Kirkpatrick, Ralph Walker, Jamie Hewitt, Brian Sudano, Steve Petit, Matt Schmitt, Bruce Beebe, Brian Angerame, Karl and Elly Bockley, Steve Hudspeth and the Donachie young men.

“I apologize if I left anyone out,” she said. “Thanks also to Sonny Kern and all of our friends at Wilton Presbyterian Church.”

Ms. McKenna said it was her first AmeriCares project in 10 years “and it certainly won’t be my last. … “I was overwhelmed by our wonderful community, our tremendous support system at St. Matthew’s and WPC. All one needs to do is ask and you drop everything; for each other, for strangers; with whatever needs to be done, at whatever time of day.”