Perry Village’s PITCH In program is attracting attention from residents who live elsewhere in Lake County.
That observation was shared by PITCH In co-founder Rick Walker when he recently updated Perry Village Council on efforts to put the new community-assistance program into operation.
“We’re pretty excited about it, and there’s a lot of positive feedback,” said Walker, who also serves as a member of Village Council. “What I’m getting mostly is, ‘Hey are you doing it only in the village? Can you do it in the township? Can you do it over here in Painesville Township?”https://www.news-herald.com/”
PITCH In is a program that will recruit and assign volunteers to help village residents who need assistance with different tasks inside or outside of their homes.
Walker and program co-founder Jean Schonauer, also a Village Council member, said it will start on a small scale, focusing on projects such as yard cleanups or washing windows that can be reached without a ladder.
Eventually, the program will look at offering additional services based on community needs and/or volunteer capabilities, Walker said.
The first word in the title of the venture is an acronym for Perry Investing Toward Community Help. It was decided to add the word “In” to create a catchy and memorable phrase that identifies this new charitable cause.
Walker said he’s received requests for PITCH In to provide services in other communities from people who’ve seen information about the program through Facebook postings or news stories.
“My answer (to those inquiries) right now is we are concentrating on the village, but hope that other communities take this and use it as a matrix to start their own community involvement,” Walker said.
At this point, the program is still working on building a large enough roster of volunteers so that needs of Perry Village residents can be addressed in a timely manner.
“We can’t take on 30-mile radius of help,” Walker said. “I hope that after we start this, other communities pick it up.”
Once PITCH In gets up and running, Walker would like to do presentations on the program at meetings of Perry Township trustees and North Perry Village Council.
“We want each community to have control of its own group of volunteers,” he said.
However, the PITCH In committee has discussed the merits of the three Perry communities being able to share volunteers to complete larger or more specialized projects, Walker added.
Although some people have asked if children will be able to serve as PITCH In volunteers, the program is now only open to helpers who are at least 18 years of age or older. All volunteers will be required to undergo background checks. Once a volunteer’s background is confirmed to be clean, they will be reimbursed for the cost of the screening.
Walker also is striving to identify and reach possible clients who could benefit from PITCH In’s services.
“So once we get a volunteer pool going, we need to know where the needs are,” he said.
For more information on the Perry Village PITCH In program, contact Rick Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-221-7844.