The National Association of the Remodeling Industry of Idaho is home to a public service project called Contractors Who Care. The program provides volunteer construction-related help for people and organizations in need. That occasionally includes the elderly and families of deployed military personnel.
The contractors are currently working on a project with the Boys and Girls Club of Ada County to renovate their education center. NARI members have donated money, materials and labor and received a $2,500 grant from the National Remodeling Foundation. Construction begins this month.
A second project, in partnership with the Building Officials of Southwest Idaho, will rebuild the front entrance of the Discovery Center for an upcoming exhibit.
For more information about the program or to make donations, contact NARI of Idaho at 322-8191 or email the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOMINATE A SENIOR TO RECEIVE A WISH OF A LIFETIME
Karcher Estates Retirement and Rehabilitation Community in Nampa and several local agencies are partnering on a cool project. Theyre working through the national organization Wish of a Lifetime to provide a special experience or adventure for one lucky Idaho senior.
Wishes granted in the past have included wedding vow renewals and skydiving even meeting Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy.
If you or someone you know (age 65 or older) would like to submit a wish for consideration, visit seniorwish.org (click on Wish Fulfillment) or call Karcher Estates at 465-4935 for an application.
On a related note, organizers are raising money for the project with an event of their own. The Fiesta Bike Run, a one-day ride for motorcycles, will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. The 100-mile ride starts and ends at Karcher Estates. Riders of all ages are invited. The fee to participate is $25.
For motorcycle rider registration, event information or sponsorships, call Karcher Estates at 465-4935 or register online through the link at idahostatesman.com.
STORMWATER COMMUNITY CLEANUP DAY
If you love walking or riding your bike along Wilson Creek in Nampa, consider giving back a little by participating in the 2nd Annual Community Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Volunteers will do a range of tasks, from picking up litter to placing permanent decals on storm drain inlets to remind people that dumped trash ends up in the stream.
The cleanup is from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers will meet at the southeast corner of the Walmart parking lot, 2100 12th Ave. Road in Nampa.
To register, contact Karla Nelson at 468-5523 or email at email@example.com. Deadline for registration is Friday, Sept. 21.
Volunteers should dress for the weather and to possibly walk in brush. Bring sunscreen, water bottles and work gloves.
10TH ANNUAL RIDE FOR RESCUE
For over 50 years, Boise Rescue Mission has been providing services for people in need through its two shelters in Boise, the City Light Home for Women and Children and the River of Life Rescue Mission, as well as the Lighthouse Rescue Mission in Nampa.
The motorcycle Ride for Rescue, Saturday, Sept. 15, will benefit the missions general fund and the Veterans Program fund at River of Life.
Riders will depart from the City Light Home at 10 a.m. Participants will ride to Nampas Lighthouse Mission, then to Marsing Park for a quick break. Riders will head back to Boise and finish up at Boise Rescue Missions Ministry Center with lunch catered by Thomas Cuisine.
Tours will be available of all mission facilities. The cost is $25 per rider, or $40 for a rider and passenger.
Get more information and register online. Link at idahostatesman.com.
In 2011, the mission provided 340,000 meals and 128,000 overnight stays for people in need.
For more information, contact Megan Korthals at 861-9295 or email at MeganK@BoiseRM.org.
Anna Webb: 377-6431