Making a Difference

Community Service Project

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AUSTIN, MN — A local community is coming together to help a neighbor in need. Maria Trevino is getting a makeover; on her home, that is.

“I’m happy, very happy,” Trevino said.

The place she has called home for more than 20 years is in need of some renovations.

“It doesn’t have good doors and windows,” Trevino said.

But thanks to Cory Squier, who owns the Sears Hometown Store in Austin, those doors and windows are getting fixed up. It is all part of the Craftsman tools “Make a Difference” tour that stopped in Austin.

“We’re doing windows, porches, putting in doors and there is siding and a roof that’s going on at a later time because we won’t get it all finished today,” Squier said.

With more than 40 people volunteering, some were sent to other houses to lend a hand as well.

“Some need just paint, some need a deck, this is probably the most extreme from before and after that you’re going to see,” Squier said.

The volunteers are not all experts in construction. That is why he called in help from Mission 507 from Cornerstone Church who specializes in doing projects like this.

“They’ve been a great help. If it wasn’t for them today, it would have been a little bit harder to get the projects done,” Squier said.

No matter what level of experience they have, there is always something for them to do.

“There’s people over here scraping windows, things like that. We’re actually doing flower boxes, so we have some younger kids building flower boxes and we’re going to paint them so it’s something to keep the little hands busy too,” Squier said.

It may be his first time doing something like this, but it is something he hopes to make into a yearly tradition.

“I hope to locally grow on this, that my Sears Hometown Store can be a bigger participant with the CHIP program. This is the first year they’ve done it and we hope to grow from it next year,” Squier said.

That would make this lucky homeowner happy too.

“I hope that somebody else needs the help and they can help them too,” Trevino said.

After fixing up Trevino’s home, the festivities moved over to the hometown store where they showed off the tools and gave customers and volunteers some hands-on experience.

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