Volunteers winterize nearly 150 homes for senior citizens

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In Monongalia County volunteers from all around the state made their way to downtown Morgantown on Saturday to participate in this year’s ‘Winter Weather Posse’.

Starting bright and early at 7 a.m. over 400 members of the community volunteered their day by winterizing nearly 150 homes owned by senior citizens.

Volunteers raked and bagged leaves, cleaned out gutters and helped senior citizens with whatever they might need for the winter season.

Irv Schuetzner, a volunteer participating in the ‘Winter Weather Posse’, said this event continues to grow every year.

“This is the thirteenth year and it keeps getting bigger and bigger, which means we put it on because it needs to be done,” said Schuetzner.

“There’s a lot of people out there that need help and it gives the volunteers an opportunity to really feel good about themselves.”

Sara Kimble has been volunteering with her family for the past five years and said they look forward to being a part of the posse every November.

“It’s definitely something that we look forward to every year, sometimes it’s hard to get up early on a Saturday morning especially when it’s 30 something degrees outside and it’s raining, but once you get out here and you start working it’s just feels good,” said Kimble.

“It feels good to do something for somebody else and to be with a group of people who are all working hard together.”

The different volunteers winterized up to four homes per group and now nearly 150 homes in Monongalia County will be ready for the winter season.

“For me and my kids it’s an opportunity just to not think about ourselves for a little while, when we started out this morning the guy that was kind of talking to the group of us said Merry Christmas everybody and he said yeah I know it’s not Christmas morning but to these people that you are serving, this is like Christmas to them,” said Kimble.

The volunteers concluded their day by eating a free meal at the United Methodist Church in downtown Morgantown and celebrated a full day of volunteering and giving back to the community.  

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