Knights spend days on CYO roof project
BATH — About 50 men representing several Knights of Columbus councils from the Akron area spent two weekends in September replacing the roofs of nine cabins at Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Camp Christopher, on Hametown Road in Bath.
The volunteers spent all day Sept. 15 removing the old roofs, cleaning roof boards, replacing rotted wood and putting down underlayment.
A week later, on Sept. 22, they returned to put new shingles on the roofs, as shown above left.
Will Yoho, of Cuyahoga Falls, who organized the project, is shown below left sporting the T-shirt that lists the volunteer groups and contributors. Yoho said the roof replacement would have cost Camp Christopher $30,000 but ended up only costing $7,000 because of donations and discounts.
Yoho also is shown in middle photo above, at left, with Camp Director John Litten.
Pictured above right are Mike Dougherty and Larry Valentine (Don Fuchs is not shown), all from Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Cuyahoga Falls, as they work to attach the shingles on one of the roofs.
Donald Finn, executive director of CYO and Community Services, praised the Knights and their hard work.
“Everyone had a job and worked hard,” Finn said. “This project is saving CYO tens of thousands of dollars and building a wonderful partnership between our two wonderful organizations.”
He added that councils that were not able to provide manpower donated money to help with the project. Knights participating were part of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Sebastian, St. Vincent, Monsignor Labbe Squires, O’Keefe Assembly, Holy Family and Charles Reyman councils, according to organizers.
CYO Camp Christopher is an accredited camp that offers day and overnight camp programs for children and families.
— By Kathleen Folkerth
Photos: Krista Galloway