of Love Program"
is "Labor of Love"?
Labor of Love
is an annual one-day blitz to repair and rehabilitate the homes of the
poor, elderly, and disabled. It is based on the belief that the age old
idea of "barn raising" can be revived and applied to our community today
to unite people of all walks of life to assist others in need. For some
of our neighbors, properly maintaining a home can be an impossible task
- - many cannot even provide themselves with the basic necessities we
take for granted.
repairs are done?
Labor of Love
will consider all repairs that can be done in one day, i.e. carpentry,
plumbing, electrical, painting, weatherization, locksmithing, as well
as trash removal, cleaning, window washing, and yard work.
is eligible to receive "Labor of Love" services?
Low income and disabled homeowners, the
elderly in particular, who are not able to do the work themselves and
cannot afford to hire the work done are eligible for Labor of Love services.
Labor of Love assistance is available to persons who own their
home and reside in the communities of Dayton, Grand Ridge, Harding, Leland,
Marseilles, Naplate, Ottawa, Seneca, Serena, Sheridan, and Wedron.
is "Operation Embrace"?
In 2003, Labor of Love expanded its traditional
program to enable spouses of active duty military personnel to apply for
home repair assistance. United Way and the Labor of Love Committee realize
that spouses of active duty military members are quite often faced with
the tremendous burden of caring for their family, home and finances all
alone until loved ones return. This is just one small way in which we
can lighten their load and assist with small home maintenance jobs.
are "Labor of Love" homes selected?
Various churches, social-service
agencies, and individuals refer houses to Labor of Love. Illinois
Department of Human Service and a Labor of Love Selection Committee
screen applicants. The Labor of Love Planning Committee makes the
difficult determination as to whether the homeowner meets the eligibility
criteria, is in need and whether the home is within our purview.
can volunteer for "Labor of Love"?
Anyone fourteen and older can be a Labor
of Love volunteer. Volunteers come from churches, businesses, schools,
community service groups, corporations, and interested individuals. They
represent all professions. Volunteers do not need to be skilled at home
repairs, but any and all skills will be well-utilized. Simply download
the file and print on your home computer, then fill out all of the information,
sign the form, and mail to us at the United Way office. ADULT SIGN-UP and STUDENT SIGN-UP
sponsors "Labor of Love"?
United Way of Eastern LaSalle County initiated
Labor of Love and plays a vital role in its organization. Labor
of Love receives contributions from individuals, churches, businesses,
financial institutions, local union and service organizations to purchase
paint, lumber, nails, plumping supplies, fixtures, etc. Homeowners are
not expected to pay for any services or materials and all labor is donated.