Christ­mas in April Ce­cil County needs projects

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

ELK­TON — As a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, Christ­mas in April Ce­cil County re­lies on do­na­tions and vol­un­teers to per­form home re­pairs for low-in­come and dis­abled home­own­ers.

“Money hasn’t been the prob­lem of late,” said Pros­per Boudart, vice pres­i­dent of the board of di­rec­tors. “We can’t seem to get enough ap­pli­ca­tions.”

This is the time of year when Christ­mas in April is lin­ing up projects for its big work day, which is set for April 27, 2019. Civic or­ga­ni­za­tions, churches, busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als will take on such projects as win­dow re­place­ment, roof re­pair or re­place­ment, paint­ing, plumb­ing, elec­tri­cal, land­scap­ing and more free of charge to the home­owner.

“We seem to be able to get ap­pli­cants from church groups,” Boudart said, but added more projects are needed.

The ap­pli­ca­tion is avail­able at ev­ery branch of the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brar y, but it can also be ac­cessed on­line at christ­masi­napril­cecil­county.org.

“A lot of peo­ple don’t re­al­ize you can ap­ply on­line,” he said, adding that per­haps the peo­ple in these tar­get pop­u­la­tions may not have ei­ther a com­puter or in­ter­net ac­cess.

He sug­gested that the forms can be filled out in the li­braries on those com­put­ers. Li­brary staff can as­sist.

Ap­pli­ca­tions must be in by the end of the year.

Groups and in­di­vid­u­als who would like to vol­un­teer can also sign up on the web­site.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Build­ing ramps, decks, re­plac­ing or re­pair­ing roofs is what Christ­mas in April Ce­cil County is all about. Low-in­come home­own­ers get free help from vol­un­teers. Ap­pli­ca­tions are be­ing taken through the end of the year for the work to be done April 27, 2019.

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