Update February, 2021:
COVID-19 Unable to Stop Hearts & Hammers Completely
South Whidbey Hearts & Hammers (SWH&H) was forced to cancel its February 2021 Spaghetti Dinner and it’s May workday again this year due to the pandemic.
The board is not accepting any homeowner applications at this time, but if you need urgent repairs that can be performed outside, please call the HEART team at (360) 221-6063.
Please stay safe and well and we hope to see you all face-to-face and without a mask in the not-so-distant future.
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SWH&H Board of Directors
What is Hearts & Hammers? (View the Video)
Hearts & Hammers is a local non-profit organization that brings together a community of local volunteers to help repair and rehabilitate homes of those who are physically or financially unable to do the work alone. From its humble beginning in 1994, Hearts & Hammers has grown to an organization with more than 350 volunteers working on an average of 25-35 homes throughout the South Whidbey community. The work day takes place the first Saturday in May. QUESTIONS? CALL (360) 221-6063.
SWH&H deals with homes south of Classic Road in Greenbank. For homes north of there, contact Central Whidbey Hearts and Hammers? Click here: cwheartsandhammers.org
Who pays for the Hearts & Hammers repairs?
There is no charge to the homeowners for labor or materials. Cost are covered by fund-raising events, donations from individuals, churches and service organizations, grants and donations from foundations and corporations, and by in-kind donations of labor and materials.
Why is Hearts & Hammers Needed?
Maintaining a home can be physically or financially difficult for the elderly, the disabled, or anyone with limited resources. Hearts & Hammers volunteers hope to build a community spirit and compassion while giving neighbors a helping hand.
How to Get Started
If you are a homeowner unable to do necessary work on your home and would like to be considered for our May workday, visit our website or phone. January 31st is the deadline for accepting project applications. A Hearts & Hammers board member will be in touch. Priority is given to health and safety concerns. Homes are selected by the end of March.
How are Hearts & Hammers Homes Selected?
Homeowners can apply directly through our web sign-up page or by phone. We also get suggestions from pastors, senior services, home health care, medical professionals, relatives, neighbors and community organizations. Work assessment teams visit proposed sites to determine needs and see if the work is within our financial and time constraints. Priority is given to health and safety issues. Final selections are approved by the board of Hearts & Hammers.
Who Can Volunteer?
Volunteers can range from highly-skilled to non-skilled, age 12 to 112, and willing to work! Whatever your skill level, we can find a place for you. Volunteer sign-up forms can be found on our website and at local post offices and lumberyards. Watch for our volunteer kick-off Spaghetti Dinner held annually in February at the Langley United Methodist Church.
Hearts & Hammers volunteers do whatever repairs and renovations are possible within the scope of a one-day work blitz, including, carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, painting, roof repairs, weatherization, heavy cleaning and yard cleanup, to mention a few.
The Red Cross provides a free smoke alarm installation service to those in need. To request assistance, please submit a request through their website.
Thank you to the Goosefoot Community Fund for their generous donation of a $10,000 matching grant. Awesome!
SWH&H is committed to the principle of social equity; striving for justice, impartiality and fairness for all people, including those who qualify for our help. We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and believe our community must continue to pursue racial justice here on Whidbey. By actively taking the time to help our neighbors in need, our volunteers assert their commitment to building a stronger community through compassionate work, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender identity, age or disability.