Complimentary construction helps those in need

Complimentary construction helps those in need

by Staci Giordullo

Every so often, Mitch Kersch, president of highly rated Major Homes in Bayside, N.Y., places an advertisement in the local paper soliciting requests from his neighbors for construction work they need but can't afford.

As the letters come in, Kersch and his son, Jason, select a job to perform for free. "I like to give back," Kersch says.

Over the years, his company has installed a kitchen for a family that has three children diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, as well as completing a $12,000 remodeling job for a husband recovering from a double kidney transplant while his wife struggled with cancer - all gratis.

Kersch helped Long Island, N.Y., resident Karrie Ann Vitti after learning her husband lost three of his fingers in a work-related accident. The Vittis were in the process of remodeling their home with the help of family members when a rainstorm left significant water damage to the house.

"Mitch came and said the water was coming from the siding on the back of the house because it was installed wrong," Vitti says. "When he said he would fix the siding for free, I was flabbergasted. He's beyond fantastic. It was a miracle."

Inspired by the movie "Pay It Forward," Kersch says giving back to the community doesn't have to involve money. "It could be as simple as walking somebody across the street," he says. "If people could just learn how to do that, the world would be a better place."


More Like This

Granddaughter’s birth spurs window expert to invent safety device

windowalarm.jpg

Window installation expert Mitch Kersch invented Forever Safe ‘N’ Sound, a portable safety lock with a built-in alarm parents can put on windows and sliding doors. (Photo courtesy of Major Home Corps, Oakland Gardens, N.Y.)
Window installation expert Mitch Kersch invented Forever Safe ‘N’ Sound, a portable safety lock with a built-in alarm parents can put on windows and sliding doors. (Photo courtesy of Major Home Corps, Oakland Gardens, N.Y.)

The owner of a New York home improvement company developed a child-safety lock and alarm for windows and sliding-glass doors that he now sells online.

Deals

What is Angie's List?

Angie’s List is the trusted site where more than 3 million households go to get ratings and reviews on everything from home repair to health care. Stop guessing when it comes to hiring! Check Angie’s List to find out who does the best work in town.

Local Discounts

Daily deals up to 70% off popular home improvement projects from top-rated contractors on Angie’s List!