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           About Hearts & Hammers

"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."
Winston Churchill

What is Hearts and Hammers?
Hearts & Hammers, located on South Whidbey Island in the state of Washington, is a community of local volunteers that repair and rehabilitate the homes of those who are physically or financially unable to do the work alone. What began in 1994 as a pilot project under the sponsorship of the Langley United Methodist Church, has become an independent non-profit program supported by the larger community. One day a year over 400 volunteers gather on the first weekend of May bringing needed repairs to homeowners.

What repairs are done?
We do whatever repairs and renovations are possible within the scope of a one-day work party, including carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, painting, plastering, weatherization, heavy cleaning, roofing, yard cleanup and trash removal.

How are Hearts & Hammers homes selected?
Starting in October, homeowners can apply directly through our web sign-up page, by phone or email. 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 the needs and see if the work is within our financial and time constraints. Final selections are approved by the Board of Hearts & Hammers.

Who can Volunteer?
Everyone who wishes to help can be put to work. People with specific skills are always needed and the volunteer form allows you to identify any particular skills you may have. See the volunteer page for information about signing up online. All volunteers will be contacted a few weeks prior to the workday.

We welcome volunteers age 12-112. Unfortunately we cannot allow anyone under 12 to volunteer. Children 12-15 may work with their parents only, while 16-17 year olds may work with written parental permission. Permission form can be downloaded from the web sign-up page and must be brought to the workday.

Who do we help?
Homeowners who are physically or financially unable to do necessary repairs are eligible. Priority is given to health and safety concerns. There are no eligibility forms to be filled. A Hearts & Hammers board member will be in touch and ask a few questions. Sign-up on our web site or call 360 221-6063 if you would like to have your home considered for the May workday. Applications should be in by January 31, although emergency cases can be considered through February.

A young Hearts and Hammers volunteer


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 volunteer crews hope to build community spirit and compassion while giving neighbors a helping hand.

 

How can I get a brochure?
You can download one for yourself; find them in many locations around the Southend from November through May, such as in building supply stores, nurseries, and post offices; or you can contact us and we will be glad to send you one.


How can I support Hearts & Hammers
Give us just one day a year! Whether old or new to the island, we need you!
Please sign up on our volunteer page. Plus, you can lend financial support to Hearts & Hammers by donating on the web page or send to:


Hearts & Hammers
PO Box 694
Langley, Wa. 98260

We are a 501(C)3 non-profit corporation. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
See you on the first Saturday in May! Bring your hearts and hammers!


 

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