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Mission: McDuffie finished 34 projects with 190 volunteers

This year's Mission: McDuffie performed work on 34 projects that would have cost $22,344 in labor alone, the Rev. David Harbeson said at the end of the four-day annual project last week.

Harbeson, who coordinates the work on the mission's projects, said that 150 young people and 40 adults from area churches participated in the 10th annual event, which ran June 6-9.

He based the labor costs on a wage of $7.35 an hour. The participants worked four hours each day.

Workers built three wheelchair ramps, repaired four porches and performed one roofing job, he said. They also did yard work and painting.

All of the work is performed for homeowners who otherwise cannot afford it.

Harbeson said he could not estimate the cost of the material, much of which was donated.

However, Elliott Fulmer of Fulmer Roofing, whose team replaced the roof at Marjorie and Henry Roberts' home on Harrison Road, said that job would ordinarily have cost about $3,000.

Harbeson said participation might have been slightly lower this year. But he noted that last year's set a record.

"I think we were down 10 to 15 people, but I also had some people that only came for one day. So I didn't really put them in the mix."

He said morning football workouts appeared to be a factor this year.

Generally, though, he was pleased, he said.

"We had a great week. We had a safe week, even with the weather as hot as it was. It's been several years since we've had weather this hot."

He said he knew of no injuries.

"There were some projects we were not able to get to. They were on the low end of where my resources and people and such were. This is probably one of the first years that I didn't get to everything."

However, he said, "we got all my priority projects. We got a couple of projects that got a little more involved than we expected."

Harbeson, who also serves as the minister of music and youth at Dearing Baptist Church, expressed thanks to the city and county for their support.

"They back us up with a lot of different resources."

Web posted on Thursday, June 16, 2011

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