By Kayla Hayes
Minor auto and home repairs can make a big difference in the lives of disadvantaged individuals. A simple oil change can keep a family moving, and fixing a small water leak can prevent the quick build-up of mold in a home. Many-Hands Inc. is a non-profit ministry which meets these needs in the greater Brandon area.
Plant City residents Dean and Deborah D’Errico started the ministry more than 12 years ago after Dean heard about an organization out west that was offering free oil changes and auto repairs for single mothers.
“What really tugged on my husband’s heart was picturing a mother with her children stranded on the side of the road because of a car issue that could have been easily prevented,” said Deborah.
The couple started out by serving members of their church at First United Methodist Church of Brandon and after a short time other ministries like The Women’s Resource Center and Life Care began referring additional clients to them.
“We soon discovered that the community need was great, so in addition to single parent households, we expanded our vision to include seniors, families with young children, the disabled, those suffering through a catastrophic illness, individuals that were financially limited and even the homeless,” said the D’Errico’s.
Individuals, businesses and other ministries are encouraged to partner with Many-Hands Inc. by volunteering or supporting them financially. In 2013, Many-Hands Inc. wants to reach more clients by increasing the number of volunteers with home and auto repair experience.
“The great thing about having ‘many hands’ is that volunteers aren’t over-burdened.,’” said Deborah. The D’Errico’s are also planning on coordinating an event with other local ministries dedicated to educating the community on auto care.
To volunteer, help financially or share a need, call Deborah D’Errico at 679-1365 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. They welcome opportunities to share their story with groups and organizations. Visit www.many-hands.org for more information.