Ledyard National Bank's Kirtsen Keach (on right) congratulating homeowner Kristie DeCoff on her new roof.

Ledyard National Bank Sponsors COVER’s Ramps & Roofs Campaign

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Bill Neukomm

Kristi has lived in a mobile home in Tall Timbers in Quechee for many years.  She is a single working mom who is used to taking care of everything around the house herself.  When her roof started to leak, she got several quotes from local roofers.  She was surprised how expensive a new roof would be. So, she held off doing anything for a while because the cost of a new roof was way beyond her household budget.  Unfortunately, the leaks continued.

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 Kristi had seen the COVER Home Repair truck in her mobile home park many times.  She finally decided to reach out and ask for help – something that was not easy for her to do.  COVER Home Repair Director, John Heath, and Home Owner Coordinator, Gail Guernsey, visited Kristi’s house to see exactly what was needed and explain how COVER works.  If a homeowner qualifies for a repair project, COVER brings a crew of volunteers out to do the work – usually a 3 day project for a roof replacement.  If possible, a homeowner is expected to help out, provide lunch, and pay for a portion of the material cost.

 To pay for the balance of the material cost of a project like this, COVER has many companies, schools, and religious organizations who are sponsors.  Ledyard National Bank was one such sponsor. Jeff Marks, Senior V.P. and Chief Marketing Officer at the bank said:  “Ledyard is committed to helping neighbors in need in the community.  Few organizations do as much with as little as does COVER.  The social health of the community and the financial health of the bank are connected in many important ways and this is one of them.  Ledyard is happy to lend a hand.”

 According to Bill Neukomm, COVER’s Executive Director, the Byrne Foundation provided matching funds this spring for COVER’s Ramps & Roofs campaign.  Last year, COVER completed 98 urgent repair jobs in the Upper Valley.  COVER also operates a thrift store in White River Junction and sells donated furniture, appliances, tools, cabinets, and building supplies at discounted prices.  All proceeds help fund the home repair and weatherization program.  The ReCover Store at 158 South Main St, WRJ sells donated furniture, appliances, cabinets, and building materials to help support the home repair and weatherization programs.

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