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Volunteers Vow to Spend Up to 5 Years Helping Princeville Rebuild

Posted November 4, 1999 6:00 a.m. EST

— It could take years for people in eastern North Carolina to rebuild their communities and their lives. Several volunteer groups have pledged to be there for as long as it takes.

Many people in Nash and Edgecombe counties are worried that as the rebuilding process continues, they will be forgotten. But volunteers with the Methodist Church have vowed to live and work in Princeville for the next two to five years.

Ides Pettaway has lived in the same house her entire life; in fact, she was born there. The flood victim would never be able to restore her home by herself. Fortunately, she does not have to.

Volunteers from the Methodist Church are offering their labor for free, so Pettaway's FEMA money pays only for materials.

"They were just so friendly. They were willing to help," she says. "They came and they said, 'You sit down, and we'll do the work.'"

Volunteers from Methodist churches across the country are setting up shop in Nash and Edgecombe counties, ready to help elderly, disabled and low-income families get back on their feet.

The volunteers are even building a "volunteer village," a place others can stay while they donate their time. Many are giving up their vacation time to help.

"We believe that the way we serve our Lord is with a hammer and a nail," says volunteer Kaye Voth.

Most volunteers stay for a week at a time.

If you need help in the Nash or Edgecombe county area, you can call (800) 790-7773 for more information.