WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A group that wants to spread the love in Lewis County was wrapping up its work Friday.
Pastor Jack Bushey of New Life Fellowship in Beaver Falls has spent the last four years volunteering with the group called, ‘Loving Lewis County.’ He’s one of many.
“The old saying goes, ‘many hands make light work,’ so it’s true here,” said Pastor Bushey.
Loving Lewis County started in 2015. Every other year, volunteers from various churches work on service projects from start to finish.
“We wondered how we could get out in the local community and make it real that missions were right here in Lewis County,” said Dynall York, president of Loving Lewis County.
About a dozen people spent Friday morning painting ramps at Lewis County Opportunities, Inc. in Lowville.
That's just one of 17 projects they completed this week.
Since 2015, Loving Lewis County has expanded to 15 churches. It has brought in more than 100 volunteers during its mission week.
Delite Christman of Lowville is a first-time volunteer and a first-time painter.
“I’m learning that it doesn’t have to be perfect and they’re very encouraging," said Christman, "They’re all cheering me on today.”
Volunteers pay a fee to participate, unless it's covered by their church. That usually takes care of materials needed for the job.
“Where we live, there doesn’t tend to be homeless people out and about. But there are people with great needs, sometimes not obvious to others,” said Pastor Bushey.
Loving Lewis County will take next year off to help raise funds for more work in 2021.