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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-775-3742 or visit www.habitatclallam.org and click “neighborhood revitalization.”
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