Dec. 12, 2015
Since 1994 this volunteer organization has repaired hundreds of homes, helping homeowners who physically or financially are unable to do the work alone. The mission is “neighbors helping neighbors stay in their homes.”
On one of the largest community work days, over 400 volunteers gather to bring whatever repairs and renovations are possible within the scope of a one-day work party. Last year over 32 homes received help accomplishing tasks from carpentry, repairing floors and decks, replacing windows and doors to clean up and trash removal. It’s a day of volunteering for plumbers and electricians, gardeners and just regular folks who come to lend a helping hand. Priority is given to health and safety concerns at no cost to the homeowner because of the generous support of the community. This is also possible because of donations of labor and materials from many local businesses and the efforts of hundreds of local volunteers.
“As we enter our 23rd year it is good to see that so many volunteers, with help from community resources, keep home owners safe and healthy in their homes,” said Ross Godwin, President of Hearts & Hammers. “
It is not just the homeowners who appreciate the help. According to Godwin, volunteers gain a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction having an opportunity to help their community.
The volunteer kick-off will begin with a spaghetti dinner on Friday, Feb. 12 at the Langley United Methodist Church, starting early this year from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. The gathering provides a delicious dinner for only $5 and an opportunity to sign-up for the work day and connect with old and new friends.
If you are a homeowner and would like to be considered for help, visit our website www.heartsandhammers.com or call 221-6063. A Hearts and Hammers board member will be in touch. For emergency needs that can’t wait for the annual workday, call right away.
Financial donations to help continue this work can be made through the website or mailed to PO Box 694, Langley, WA 98260.