PRESTONSBURG — A group of young women was in Prestonsburg giving back to a community member this week. Assumption High School educates and inspires young women to reach their maximum potential in a Catholic community where faith guides, compassion inspires, integrity matters and excellence empowers. This week, 17 young women were volunteering their time to help Todd Harris, 46, of Corn Fork, building a ramp for easier access to his residence and doing some basic repairs to the home.
Each year, seniors at Assumption High School visit Floyd County through the Auxier-based Hand in Hand Ministries. The group worked three and a half days to complete its latest service project in Floyd County. The Senior Service Project is designed to enable seniors to see the needs of society and take action to improve them.
”Naoma Gail Spradlin, of Hand in Hand Ministries, oversees the girls visiting Floyd County each year. Hand in Hand Ministries believes that building a strong community around the world begins at home. The group is privately funded and oversees roughly 700 volunteers each year. Work projects are completed April through November. Hand in Hand Ministries is currently taking applications for home improvement projects. All projects must be health- or safety-related.
“Coming to an area unlike Louisville really empowers these young women to realize how they can impact someone’s life with a little bit of effort and a caring heart,” Spradlin added.
The group from Assumption High School issued the following statement concerning its time in Prestonsburg:
“From the start, Hand in Hand Ministries has given us a new perspective on life. It has opened our eyes to parts of Kentucky we have never seen before. It has given us the opportunity to use our talents to serve and build relationships with amazing people. It has taught us that if we work hard we can accomplish anything. The impact of the work we were able to complete in just one week will benefit Todd for the rest of his life. Always remember, Hand in Hand Ministries is not just a handout but a hand up!”
For more information about Hand in Hand Ministries or to apply for assistance, call (606) 886-0709. Volunteers are always welcome. To take the first step in lending a helping hand to the group, visit www.myhandinhand.org.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.