'We need to be taking care of people': Greencastle man stepping up to help his community

Dylan Jacobs
Waynesboro Record Herald
Wes Kuhn, who works at B Street in Greencastle, started the Idle Hands group to help his community.

Just by walking out of Bean & Biscuit on a Wednesday morning, it's already clear that Wes Kuhn is making an impact in Greencastle.

Kuhn, 28, wants to get out there and help people, like an individual who needs his house washed but is unable to do so.

While walking out of the Greencastle coffee shop, Kuhn was stopped by that man, and the gratitude and appreciation for what Kuhn was willing to do was evident.

It's something that Kuhn hasn't seen enough of in the town.

"We need to be taking care of people," Kuhn said. "And that doesn't exist."

He recently started Idle Hands of Greencastle, in hopes of getting people to come out and help the community.

He grew up in the borough, left, and moved back in July. Even before he returned, he knew that there were people in need.

He noticed a woman posting on Facebook for months that she needed a ramp built at her house. She couldn't get down the steps from her house. And for months, she kept asking.

She eventually got that ramp built through help from others, but for months, Kuhn just had to watch and couldn't do anything to help.

This situation is what led him to try and help out as much as he could when he got back. He would clean up the Veterans Memorial. He would pick up trash from the road off the highway.

He hopes that this leads to him being able to help the next person that might need a ramp.

"My goal with this is to not so much create a road cleanup crew. I'm just out here right now, this is base level," Kuhn said. "I'm leading by example. Getting my face, getting my name, and getting my cause out there, no matter what it takes. But my goal is to eventually have the professionals that we have all around here; we have carpenters, we have lawn care, we have everything."

Wes Kuhn would often clean off the Veterans Memorial in Greencastle, which was a precursor for him starting Idle Hands

It's been a long journey for Kuhn, who is a recovering drug addict who has been clean for five years.

He needed something to push him forward.

"I got clean, and I was like 'what else do I do?'" Kuhn said. "I found it by accident one day, and it's just become a whole new purpose."

That mindset is what led him to come up with the name Idle Hands.

"I had a line stuck in my head man that idle hands get you in trouble," Kuhn said. "Like when you're just sitting around in the house and doing nothing that's when you end up getting in trouble."

He doesn't want to sit back. He wants to get out there, talk to people and help out. But he doesn't want to be alone in the fight.

"I am the man that's willing to get out there and sweat and show people that there's a desire to do these things, and that they aren't alone," Kuhn said. "Because that's the biggest thing. Like a lot of a lot of people want to help. But a lot of people don't know what to do. A lot of people don't know where to start."

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He doesn't want to be a figurehead, but he wants to be an example that people can look to and know that there's somebody willing to help.

He also wants people that can lead him. He wants people that know that somebody's in need. He wants a group that can spread ideas and work together.

"I want suggestions from the community," Kuhn said. "I want people in Greencastle or Waynesboro or Chambersburg or Mercersburg, they come through here, and they're like, oh wait, I noticed this."

Right now, Kuhn is focused on small businesses, trying to help them any way he can. But he wants to be able to mow someone's lawn, or build a ramp, or power wash a house for those who need it.

He doesn't want to take from the people whose jobs that is, but he just wants to be an outlet for those who really need one.

It's something that, through his hardships, he recently realized needs to be done.

"I'm not just trying to create a brand, I'm trying to create a mindset. I think that's the biggest point I want to get across," Kuhn said. "Because no, it's not that I have to give back. But through getting clean, I've learned that this is what you're supposed to be doing. Everybody should be doing these kinds of things."

Kuhn often goes on projects every Sunday, with information available on his Facebook page.

For anyone who would like to participate or get more information, they can reach out to him via text at 717-729-2985.