AmeriCorps members give boost to Frankie House project
AmeriCorps NCCC members spent their day off on Monday, July 20, volunteering at the Frankie House.
Member Beau Martz said the five used the time as part of their individual service project. Bob Grafton, a board member of Save Cedar Rapids Heritage, also spent his day-off overseeing the work on the house, at 1257 Third Ave. SE.
The group removed old paint to prepare the house for its new coats before the building is relocated in coming weeks.
In a first-of-its-kind effort, Save CR Heritage is moving the historic house to a site just blocks away in Wellington Heights. The house is named after a child of the original residents who died in the home.
The effort will save the late-1800s home from demolition and provide affordable housing for a new family.
Save CR Heritage announced the initiative in May during a news conference at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1285 Third Ave. SE, which donated the house to move.
Besides Martz, who hails from northern Idaho, AmeriCorps members Cody Lundberg; Bryan Eddings, Jasmine Delvridge and Bryce Bolds helped with the paint-removal project.