Contractors and a local utility company joined together in April, rolling their sleeves up to donate their considerable labor for a worthwhile community effort.

Led by Western Pennsylvania ACCA board of director member Rudy Benedetti, a crew of 39 volunteers renovated the home of a handicapped, low income, 73-year-old widow in Penn Hills.

The home was in dire need of repairs. It was painted completely inside and out. A new water heater was installed, along with several new electrical circuits, lights, wall plugs and switches; two smoke detectors, a CO detector and a fire extinguisher; windows washed, furniture cleaned, etc.

Dominion Peoples utility, Admiral Heating Co., local church groups and others pitched in to help. This was part of a wider effort known as Christmas in April, which helped dozens of homeowners in need.

Benedetti, now retired, works tirelessly with ACCA contractors, approving work orders and invoices and scheduling the necessary work. He visits homes and meets with the owners to discuss their most urgent needs. Later, he serves as a project house captain in charge of ordering materials, recruiting volunteers and supervising the work. He has also worked closely with local Habitat for Humanity organizations, using his ACCA contacts to obtain furnaces at little or no cost.