Following the success of the Barnstable Big Fix in 2010 and the Sandwich Big Fix last year, Housing Assistance Corporation will hold the event again, this time in Dennis. The Dennis Big Fix will provide an opportunity for community volunteers to come together to assist seniors, veterans and disabled residents in Dennis with landscaping and home repair tasks.
Working with the Dennis Council on Aging and the Cape and Islands Veterans Action Committee, HAC is identifying homeowners in need of assistance. On Sept. 29, teams of skilled professionals and community volunteers will meet at their homes and complete the needed tasks.
In the 2010 Big Fix, 22 senior homeowners in the town of Barnstable received home and landscaping improvements. Over 150 community volunteers joined the effort, which took place on May 1, 2010. Last year’s Big Fix was held on Sept. 11, 2011, which was designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Seven homeowners in Sandwich received assistance from 124 volunteers, some of whom worked on a clean-up project for the Sandwich Housing Authority.
The homeowners selected to receive assistance through this program will be chosen based on income, repair needs and our ability to meet requests. Once selected, a homeowner will be asked to identify home maintenance projects and repairs they need completed. Prior to the event all homes will be inspected by a skilled professional to determine the materials and skills needed to complete all projects.
Volunteers should be physically able to perform tasks of moderate intensity, including cleaning gutters, extensive yard work, moving heavy/bulky items to and from storage, painting, light carpentry, etc. Interested individuals and groups should sign up no later than Sept. 14. Please note that minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Volunteers will gather at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Dennis Senior Center, 1045 Route 134, South Dennis. Work at the houses will begin at 9:30 a.m. and teams will finish by 2 p.m.
To volunteer, download an application at www.HAConCapeCod.org/big-fix-dennis/ or pick up an application at the Dennis Senior Center. For more information, contact Mary Everett-Patriquin at volunteer@HAConCapeCod.org or 508-771-5400, ext. 279.
To get more information on receiving assistance through the Dennis Big Fix, contact Julie Wake at jwake@HAConCapeCod.org or 508-771-5400, ext. 200.