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Group aims to aid those with housing emergencies

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 12:09 a.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – Whether for residents of a distant, tornado-ravaged community or for a disabled neighbor across town, members of His Working Volunteers aim to be of service.

An organizational and informational meeting for the new nonprofit group is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Home State Bank, 611 S. Main St., Crystal Lake. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend, said Bernie Boyle, one of the group’s founders.

His Working Volunteers incorporated early this year, and its application for 501(c)(3) status is pending, Boyle said. The organization emerged from the experiences of a group of 18 area residents who traveled to Joplin, Mo., a year after that community’s devastating tornado of 2011.

The group spent a week helping with a number of housing reconstruction projects, and some members since have traveled to Marseilles for similar volunteer work. 

A trip to Washington, Ill., to assist in the ongoing rebuilding of that tornado-stricken area is planned this summer. 

“It just evolved that we wanted to go further, and that we’d also like to work in the local area,” Boyle said. 

Among projects on the short list is constructing a wheelchair ramp for an elderly, disabled Crystal Lake woman in need. 

“It will cost about $1,000 for materials, but we’ve got the volunteers to do it,” Boyle said. “Now we’ll start thinking of a fundraiser.”

Those attending the meeting Thursday will learn more about the group’s mission and how they can help. For information, call Boyle at 815-788-1050.

If you go

What: His Working Volunteers meeting

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Home State Bank, 611 S. Main St., Crystal Lake

Information: Call Bernie Boyle at 815-788-1050.

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