Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) is looking for volunteers to assist with its 9th Annual Big Fix which is coming to Harwich on Saturday, September 22.
As part of the day of service, volunteers make small improvements to homes owned by income-eligible seniors, veterans, or disabled residents in one town on Cape Cod.
This year, the Big Fix is coming to Harwich and will benefit 17 homeowners in that Lower Cape community. HAC received 52 applications this year, indicative of the need for the types of services the Big Fix provides.
“It is a wonderful way to make a difference for people who don’t have the physical or financial capability to do these jobs themselves,” HAC Volunteer Coordinator Mary Everett-Patriquin said.
Over the course of roughly four hours on September 22, Hands-On Volunteers will be asked to tackle a range of projects that may include raking, hauling brush, mulching, weeding, trimming trees, interior and exterior painting, and light electrical and carpentry work. “In general, volunteers don’t need to have any special skills. They just need to be able to perform tasks of moderate intensity,” Everett-Patriquin said. “If people have some basic home repair skills in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, or other trades that is certainly a plus.”
In addition to Hands-On Volunteers, HAC is seeking Fundraising Volunteers to help raise funds to offset the costs to hold the Big Fix and allow the agency to conduct the type of work done at the event on a year-round basis. HAC is offering a variety of incentives for those who serve as Fundraising Volunteers and meet specific milestones.
Residents can register as a Hands-On Volunteer and/or a Fundraising Volunteer at www.haconcapecod.org. The deadline to register is Saturday, September 1.
The Harwich Big Fix will kick-off with check-in at 8 am at Monomoy Regional High School at 75 Oak Street in Harwich where a light breakfast will be served. At that time, volunteers will be given their house assignments and take part in a short welcoming ceremony in which top Fundraising Volunteers will be recognized. By 9 am, volunteers will begin work at their assigned homes. The event will conclude with a free lunch at the high school, generously provided by 99 Restaurants.
HAC has received a $5,000 grant from TD Charitable Foundation to support this year’s Big Fix. As it has in previous years, the Mashpee-based nonprofit Heroes In Transition will lend its support by funding work done on veterans’ homes.
The Harwich Chamber of Commerce is serving as a partner for this year’s Big Fix.
Current sponsors for the Harwich Big Fix include: Allen Harbor Marine Service; Brown Lindquist Fenuccio & Raber Architects; Cape Associates; Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Trust; Cape Light Compact; Cape Save; Chatham Wayside Inn; Coastal Engineering Company; the Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod; Eastern Bank; First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union; Foley & Foley; Harwich Paint & Decorating Center; Hyannis Toyota; Shepley Wood Products; and Wynn & Wynn.
Businesses interested in serving as a sponsor for this year’s Big Fix can contact HAC Event and Resource Development Coordinator Deanna Bussiere at [email protected] or 508-771-5400, ext. 270.