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Clean Up Columbus event seeking volunteers, funds

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Judy Kiesow knows the powerful impact of meeting people at the point of their practical need.

She knows because, last year, she helped organize teams of Christians to help others unable to perform or pay for tasks such as yard work and simple home repairs. One older Columbus resident broke into tears at the sight of volunteers cleaning out his garage and painting his house.

It was all part of Clean Up Columbus.

Kiesow, of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Columbus, is organizing the 2014 version of Clean Up Columbus for June 19 to 21 with the help of people from several churches. Already, she needs:

Volunteers of nearly all ages to help. That includes handymen and women, electricians and plumbers, even if they can devote only four hours to the cause.

Donations to cover supplies from trash bags to paint, or sponsors willing to provide some supplies.

People who need basic work done.

More than 100 volunteers from five churches completed work at 27 local homes last year. This year, Kiesow hopes to recruit about 100 volunteers from junior ages to college alone.

Information: Kiesow at 372-1571, ext. 2121, or

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