From Extreme Makeover: Home Edition...to TRC viewersMarch 23, 2009 - TRCDear viewers of TRC Maine, Stephen Pleadwell is the casting producer on ABC's Emmy-Winning Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which rallies communities to volunteer time, labor and materials to (re)build houses for those among them in need. The program has helped Americans from all walks of life whose homes presented them with potentially insurmountable challenges. They've helped families address everything from needing more room to taking in orphaned relatives to rebuilding after a natural disaster to creating a completely handicap-accessible living space after an injury. The currently airing 6th season has a "Heroes" theme - its focused on helping those people who spend a significant portion of their own time helping or serving others, often regardless of their own needs. The producers of the show want to continue to showcase these inspiring stories in Season Seven, which they hope will continue to encourage everyone to give back to those around them. Although they often don't get the same accolades that one might for rescuing someone from a burning building, we know that individuals who volunteer and organize service in their communities are some of the most inspiring heroes to those who know them. TRC Maine is part of a large network of volunteer organizations throughout the nation and, because of that, might be able to help reach those local heroes who need our help (or others in the community who can bring those families to our attention, as we frequently find that even those who greatly need a helping hand will think that others are in greater need). Every community and volunteer organization may have many greater concerns than those of any television show but we believe that this program is in a position to not only showcase public service but to really help people who are deserving of assistance. Any assistance that you can offer in getting the word out to volunteer, service, and community-building organizations is deeply appreciated. Thank you very much for your time and consideration. Please also look at the flier for more information.NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.