Group volunteers labor for home repairs and more

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Table Talk Foundation for Better Living Inc. of Putnam County recently announced new members of the foundation's board of directors.

They are Dr. Roger Collicot of Plainfield Family Medicine: Liz Madison Shafer of Hope's Way Retreat and Board Chair; Sgt. Pat Warczynski of the Indiana State Police; Bill Hutson, and Mark Boswell, vice president of First Financial Bank.

Table Talk Foundation is a not for profit organization that donates labor and material to do home repairs for people who cannot afford them. Founder, Bill Hutson began volunteering his labor and supplies in 2002 when a member of his church needed some essential repairs but couldn't pay.

A truck driver by trade, Hutson recognized a need in the community and doing free repairs in his spare time. Other volunteers joined him and in 2006 he incorporated Table Talk Foundation and gained 501 (c) 3 status to accept tax deductible contributions.

Since then the demand for the foundation's services has grown. Now volunteers do work in eight counties. Indiana Energy Assistance and Weatherization Assistance programs have long waiting lists and other requirements..

"Those agencies send people to me," Hutson said. "So does the USDA Rural Development Program."

Regional dialysis Units and United Cerebral Palsy as well as private individuals have requested so many wheel chair ramps that the foundation is planning to create a special division to construct them.

In the face of so much need, Table Talk Foundation for Better Living Inc. is mounting a major fund drive.

Tax deductible donations will be accepted on line the website, by mail at Table Talk, 3198 VanBibber Lake Estates, Greencastle, IN, 46135, or by calling 765-301-6060.

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