Volunteers from left, Doug Davis, Olin Darby, and John Ketchum, prepare pieces of wood for new fencing at a home in Sequim as part of a Neighborhood Revitalization plan from Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County in 2016. Now the City of Sequim and Habitat partner for Service Fest 2018 this June seeking similar projects from homeowners in city limits. Sequim Gazette file photo by Matthew Nash

Volunteers from left, Doug Davis, Olin Darby, and John Ketchum, prepare pieces of wood for new fencing at a home in Sequim as part of a Neighborhood Revitalization plan from Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County in 2016. Now the City of Sequim and Habitat partner for Service Fest 2018 this June seeking similar projects from homeowners in city limits. Sequim Gazette file photo by Matthew Nash

Habitat seeks homeowners’ projects for Service Fest

The work force is shaping up, but now organizers of Sequim’s Service Fest on June 4-15 seek homeowners needing support.

Colleen Robinson, executive director of Clallam Habitat for Humanity, says so far they have three to four possibilities for home improvements but with the amount of volunteers in place they’d like at least 10-12 possibilities.

For Service Fest, Clallam Habitat and the City of Sequim plan to partner with multiple service organizations and churches in the area to support the 34 Care-A-Vanners, the largest group in Habitat’s history, coming from across the country to work on various projects in the city’s seven neighborhoods.

Robinson said she’s spoken with service clubs across Sequim and sees Service Fest as an opportunity for neighbors to come together.

“It’s about building community and a quality of life and helping each other,” she said.

Habitat staff seek low/fixed income homeowners to apply for help with projects, such as:

• Wheelchair ramp installation

• Yard clean up/landscaping

• Fixing/cleaning/replacing gutters

• Window repair (new screen, glass, glazing) or replacement

• Painting

Robinson said the Care-A-Vanners are highly skilled builders and carpenters.

“A project could be pretty involved. We could finish a bathroom with (Americans with Disabilities Act compliant) accessibility in the right set of circumstances,” she said.

“We’re thinking more along the lines of a one day project, like building a ramp, fixing a staircase and/or installing pole bars in a bathroom.”

One Port Angeles couple Paul and Billie Hanowell took up Habitat for Humanity on their efforts to help them make their home’s bathroom ADA-compliant.

The Hanowells purchased their home more than 40 years ago but an illness led Billie to be in a wheelchair making their home harder to maneuver.

Habitat helped the PA couple with assessing their home’s issues, an affordable payment plan for the work and installation of the new bathroom’s amenities including a wider doorway.

Eligibility

To be eligible for Service Fest, homeowners must live within Sequim City limits, be willing to partner with Habitat volunteers in some capacity, and fall within these financial guidelines:

Maximum annual income with one person in the home is $27,480 per year, two people maximum income of $31,380, three at $35,280, four at $39,180, five at $42,360, and six at $45,480.

Homeowners must agree to an affordable repayment plan as well.

For more information, contact Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County at info@habitatclallam.org, 360-775-3742 or visit www.habitatclallam.org and click “neighborhood revitalization.”

For more information on the event, visit http://www.sequimwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=786.

Reach Matthew Nash at mnash@sequimgazette.com.

‘Taste of the Peninsula’ set for Saturday

Warm up those taste buds — for a cause.

Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County hosts its fourth-annual “A Taste of the Peninsula” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Sunland Golf & Country Club, 109 Hilltop Dr., in Sequim.

All proceeds go to Habitat’s programs, including new building projects and neighborhood revitalization efforts.

The event features food, libations and a celebration of community partners of Habitat, a nonprofit organization.

Community Partner 2017 Awardees include: Gene Turner, Maizie Maloney Award for outstanding volunteer; The Home Depot, Clallam County Community Partner; All Safe Mini Storage, Sequim Community Partner; First Presbyterian Church, Port Angeles Community Partner, and Boy Scout Troop 90, Volunteer Group of the Year.

Tickets are $100. Get tickets at www.habitatclallam.org. For more information, call 360-775-3742 or email to info@habitatclallam.org.

Port Angeles couple Paul and Billie Hanowell worked with Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County to help make their home’s bathroom ADA-compliant. Now, Habitat staff seek similar homeowners within the Sequim city limits to help with similar projects during Service Fest June 4-15. Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County

Port Angeles couple Paul and Billie Hanowell worked with Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County to help make their home’s bathroom ADA-compliant. Now, Habitat staff seek similar homeowners within the Sequim city limits to help with similar projects during Service Fest June 4-15. Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County

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