Housing Assistance Corporation Blog

Big Fix Rescheduled to Saturday, October 24

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Thu, Oct 01, 2015 @ 04:44 PM

Due to the uncertainty of this weekend’s weather, HAC has decided to reschedule its Big Fix in Bourne to Saturday, October 24.

The event was set to take place this Saturday, but with the potential for rain and high winds HAC did not want the weather to have a negative impact on the event in which volunteers dedicate a few hours making small home improvements for their neighbors in need.

Bourne Town Administrator Thomas Guerino was pleased with HAC’s decision. “This is to be a fun and a very helpful event,” he said. “The fun kind of goes away if you’re working in the rain so we’re really looking forward to the 24th and we think rescheduling is the smart thing to do.”

“It’s supposed to be a special day,” added Kate Ferreira, HAC’s project manager for the Big Fix. “It shouldn’t be a test of endurance, working in the rain, to get the jobs done.”

So for the first time in its six-year history, the Big Fix will be postponed. The Big Fix started in 2010 in Barnstable and is making its way to each town on Cape Cod. Last year, it was in Yarmouth. Next year, it is slated to come to Brewster.

The details of this year’s event will still remain the same with the kick off for the Big Fix taking place between 8 and 9 am at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School on October 24. Volunteers will then head to their homes by 9 at which time they will spend roughly three hours making minor home repairs – landscaping, painting, fence repair, trash removal, carpet replacing and cleaning gutters – for 12 homeowners in Bourne.

Recipients of the Big Fix must be a veteran, senior citizen or disabled. This year, nine veterans were chosen including the widow of a World War II serviceman and a Vietnam veteran.

With the Big Fix being delayed, there is still time for residents to volunteer for the day of service. Applicants should be physically able to perform tasks that include cleaning gutters, weeding, pruning hedges, raking, hauling brush and moving heavy/bulky items. Basic home repair skills such as painting, electric, plumbing and light carpentry are a plus, but not required. 

Residents can fill out an application to serve as a volunteer by clicking this link or by contacting HAC’s Volunteer Coordinator Mary Everett-Patriquin at volunteer@HAConCapeCod.org or at 508-771-5400, ext. 279. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, October 19.