Recently, students from Maryville College worked with Knoxville Leadership Foundation's Operation Backyard program to replace the leaking roof of local veteran, Roy Smith. Smith, a Korean War veteran who served from 1958 to 1960, has lived in Knoxville for over 43 years.
Smith served in the Army's Tank Division as part of the peace keeping mission that began after the Korean War Peace Treaty was signed. After his service in the Army, Smith returned home to marry his wife Juanita, and father four children with multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
"Operation Backyard was excited to partner with The Home Depot Foundation and volunteers from Maryville College; it's not often that we get to give back to a member of our community who has given so much," said Adam Montgomery, Director of Housing at Knoxville Leadership Foundation. "By working and volunteering in the community you not only change the lives of those being served, but the lives of the volunteers are changed as well."
Work to replace Smith's roof began Tuesday, January 19 with removal of the old shingles and replacement of rotten lumber. Teams continued to work through Thursday, January 22 to install a new asphalt shingle roof, and complete other needed repairs at Smith's home. Mr. Smith was overjoyed by the compassion and service given by the folks from Maryville College.
Operation Backyard is funded through individual donations, City of Knoxville Community Development, Knox County Community Development, East Tennessee Foundation, Federal Home Loan Bank of Cinncinnati, The Home Depot Foundation and volunteer fees.
Currently, over 225 families/individuals have requested help with minor home repair needs. The need in our community for the services of Operation Backyard continues to increase each year. These needs far outweigh the funding and volunteers available. If your company or organization would like to schedule and/or sponsor a service project contact Jay Zartman at 524-2774 or visit us online at www.klf.org.