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Seniors, Veterans, and Disabled Homeowners Apply Now for Free Big Fix-A-Thon Home Repairs

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Wed, Jun 05, 2019 @ 04:35 PM

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There are still a few openings for Housing Assistance Corporation’s annual Big Fix-a-Thon event. Applications are due Friday, June 14. Housing Assistance is encouraging Hyannis and Centerville senior, veteran and disabled homeowners to apply now.  

The Big Fix-A-Thon is a fundraising day of service that mobilizes over 200 volunteers who will make small home repairs for income-eligible homeowners on Saturday, October 5.

“We’ve repeatedly seen the impact the Big Fix-a-Thon has on the lives of our neighbors,” said Housing Assistance Director of Development and Planning David Quinn. “It’s a great example of what it means to be a community and the difference people can make when they give back to others.”

Over the course of a roughly three-hour period, Big Fix-a-Thon volunteers will conduct a variety of home repair projects. In the past, these projects have included yard clean-ups; repair or replacement of fences, walkways, and exterior stairs; interior and exterior painting; replacement of doors and windows; roofing and siding repairs; replacement of light fixtures; and light electrical and plumbing work.

Residents interested in applying for these free home repairs can do so by clicking the button below.

Recipient Application

Hard copies of the application can be picked up at the following locations: Housing Assistance’s office at 460 West Main Street, Hyannis; Barnstable Town Hall at 367 Main Street, Hyannis; Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce at 356 South Street; Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce at 5 Patti Page Way, Centerville; Barnstable Senior Center at 825 Falmouth Road, Hyannis; Hyannis Public Library at 401 Main Street; Centerville Public Library at 585 Main Street; Veterans Services Department at 66 Falmouth Road, Hyannis; and Elder Services of Cape Cod & the Islands at 68 Route 134, South Dennis.

In order to apply, residents must be a homeowner in Hyannis or Centerville. The home must serve as their primary residence.

Recipients will be notified they have been chosen for the event during the summer.

The Big Fix-a-Thon started in 2010 in Barnstable. Since that time, it has helped 124 homeowners in nine Cape Cod towns with a variety of small home repair projects. Both fundraising and volunteer applications will open on June 15.

Businesses interested in sponsoring this year’s Big Fix-a-Thon should contact Housing Assistance Event and Resource Development Coordinator Deanna Bussiere at dbussiere@haconcapecod.org or 508-771-5400, ext. 273.

Sponsor the Big Fix-A-Thon

Tags: Big Fix, volunteer, home repair, veterans, Hyannis, Centerville, seniors, David Quinn, housing stability, Barnstable Big Fix

Big Fix-a-Thon Coming to Barnstable

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Mon, May 20, 2019 @ 04:36 PM

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Gary (left) and Alex Graham of Graham LLC are among the local builders who will be participating in our 10th Annual Big Fix-a-Thon in October. 

The Big Fix-a-Thon will be coming to Barnstable in October and Housing Assistance is currently seeking recipients to apply for the fundraising day of service.

Now in its tenth year, the event mobilizes nearly 300 volunteers to make small repairs to homes owned by seniors, veterans, and disabled residents in one town on Cape Cod.

Tasks done during the day include yard work; interior and exterior painting; repair or replacement of exterior stairs and fences; and light plumbing and electrical work.

“It really does transform a home,” Housing Assistance CEO Alisa Magnotta Galazzi said last month during a kick-off event geared towards volunteers that was held at Shepley Showcase in Hyannis. “It makes it so people can stay housed and age in place which is a critical component of our mission.”

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At last month's Big Fix-a-Thon Kick-Off Tony Shepley talked about the importance of giving back. 

Tony Shepley, president of Shepley Wood Products, which not only sponsors the event, but annually fields a team of volunteers for the Big Fix-a-Thon spoke about how it aligns with his company’s mission. “From a sponsorship perspective, what gets us involved in this really... is the concept of repaying your civic obligation,” he said. “We call it civic rent. You put a little back in, you get a whole lot back.”

Volunteers can make their impact go even further by raising funds to support Housing Assistance’s year-round programs. Applications for volunteers will be available starting Saturday, June 1.

Click this link or the blue button below for online recipient applications.

Recipient Application

Hard copies are available at our Hyannis office at 460 West Main Street. They can also be picked up at Barnstable Town Hall; the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce; the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce; the Barnstable Senior Center; and the Hyannis and Centerville public libraries.

In order to apply, recipients must reside in either Hyannis or Centerville. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, June 14.

Sponsor the Big Fix-a-Thon!

Businesses interested in sponsoring the Big Fix-a-Thon should contact Deanna Bussiere at dbussiere@haconcapecod.org or 508-771-5400, ext. 270.

Sponsor the Big Fix-A-Thon

Tags: Shepley Wood Products, Community Service, Big Fix, Alisa Galazzi, home repair, Tony Shepley, Hyannis, Centerville, Barnstable, Barnstable Big Fix

Harwich Big Fix Helps Transform Lives

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Thu, Nov 08, 2018 @ 04:18 PM
Cape Associates BFBarbara and Chris Mack join volunteers, which include staff from Cape Associates, who donated their time fixing up the Harwich couple's home. 

Outside Chris and Barbara Mack’s Harwich house, volunteers were busy painting the trim, landscaping the yard, and fixing gutters. Inside, a skilled crew from Cape Associates was installing a new bay window.

As the scene unfolded in front of them, Barbara acknowledged how much this work meant to her. “It is just so overwhelming,” she said. “It makes my heart so happy.”

Individually, the projects done at the Mack’s house, which they have owned since 1998, may have been relatively minor. But combined, they made a huge impact on the couple who repeatedly expressed their gratitude for the kindness of complete strangers.

This is the magic of the Big Fix which started in 2010 in Barnstable as a way to support seniors, veterans and disabled homeowners in one town on Cape Cod. Through the one-day event, volunteers help raise funds for HAC’s programs while conducting the types of small home repairs that can be financially or physically difficult for homeowners like the Macks to do themselves.

Harwich Big Fix-8Jeanne Roque of Cape Cod 5 hauls trash during the Harwich Big Fix. 

“When you go to the site take a mental note of what it looks like before and what it looks like after,” HAC CEO Alisa Magnotta Galazzi said during the kick-off ceremony at Monomoy Regional High School. “You’re going to see how the power of a community coming together, like-minded people coming together, can transform a life and transform a house.”

This year, roughly 340 volunteers donated a few hours of their time to help 18 homeowners in Harwich at the end of September.

They included people like Ralph Perry, a US Army veteran, who has lived in his home for 32 years. He had nearly two dozen volunteers clearing brush, trimming trees, removing an old swing set, and hauling trash at his house.

“It means a lot. It means an awful lot,” he said. “I can’t believe how many people have come to help.”

Tags: Volunteer Cape Cod, volunteerism, volunteering, Big Fix, HAC Volunteers, Alisa Galazzi, home repair, veterans, Harwich, Harwich Big Fix, Cape Associates, Cape Cod 5

Editorial: A Responsibility to One Another

Posted by Alisa Galazzi on Thu, Nov 02, 2017 @ 12:05 PM
DSC_3522.jpgAmong the volunteers at this year's Big Fix were a number of high school students on Cape Cod. 

Every Sunday, as a child, I would go to my grandparent’s house for dinner. During those meals, they would give me a list of small chores to accomplish while I was there. 

Embedded in these chores were life lessons; it was a way of showing my love for my grandparents. Doing these tasks was also a reminder of our connection to one another and that, in large ways and small, we all have a responsibility to each other.

As my grandparents got older, their needs grew to the point where they relied on more than just small chores. When I went away to college, my cousins stepped up, making sure my grandparents were not only loved, but received the care and comfort they needed to survive.

Unfortunately, not everyone has this luxury in today’s society. Families are often scattered throughout the country and picking up the phone to have a sister, brother, son or daughter quickly help is not so simple.

Once a year at HAC, we fill this void through our Big Fix. It’s an inspiring event, one that saw 340 volunteers help 18 complete strangers last month as part of our 8th Annual Big Fix in Falmouth.

The volunteers did relatively small tasks – clearing brush, installing new kitchen tile, painting a deck – in a few hours. The work may seem minor in nature, but the homeowners we spoke to admitted there was no way they could have done this on their own.

These people included a 91-year-old World War II veteran, a disabled woman who lost her husband a few years ago, and a legally blind couple in their 80s who have been married for over 50 years. For each, it was not easy asking for help. But when they did, there was no shortage of people who eagerly volunteered their time, talents, energy and enthusiasm to provide a little care and a lot of comfort to our neighbors in Falmouth.

It was a wonderful display of kindness that exemplified the best of Cape Cod. And it was an important reminder of the connection and responsibility we have to one another.

Tags: Affordable Housing on Cape Cod, Big Fix, Falmouth, Alisa Galazzi, Falmouth Big Fix, home repair

HAC Seeks Recipients for Falmouth Big Fix

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 @ 10:58 AM
Brewster_Big_Fix-18.jpgAmong the groups that regularly participate in the Big Fix is AmeriCorps Cape Cod. The organization helped HAC create the Big Fix in 2010 when it was held in Barnstable. Now in its eighth year, the day of service will be going to every town on Cape Cod. 

Last fall, 278 people volunteered their time to participate in HAC’s Big Fix in Brewster. It was a record turnout for the annual event in which volunteers spend a few hours making small home improvements for veterans, seniors and disabled homeowners in one town on Cape Cod.

On Saturday, September 16, the Big Fix will be coming to Falmouth. What can we expect this year? More of the same, according to HAC’s Director of Community Relations and Fundraising Laura Reckford. “We’re hoping for more in Falmouth,” she said. “As a Falmouth resident myself, I am really excited that for the eighth year of the Big Fix, it is in Falmouth. The town, through the Board of Selectmen, has already been very supportive and we have already had a number of people reach out to us to be volunteers.”

HAC is currently seeking Falmouth residents who are interested in becoming recipients of this year’s Big Fix. Applications can be found online at www.haconcapecod.org or at Falmouth Town Hall, the Falmouth Senior Center, and any of the public libraries in Falmouth. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 14.

Applicants must either be an income-eligible veteran, senior or disabled homeowner in Falmouth. HAC anticipates selecting anywhere from 12 to 15 homes for this year’s Big Fix.

The Big Fix began in 2010 in Barnstable. It has since been to Sandwich, Dennis, Mashpee, Yarmouth, Bourne, and Brewster.

Over the course of a few hours, volunteers help make small home improvements that can make a big difference in the lives of recipients. Projects typically include yard work, trash removal, repairing of fences and walkways, interior and exterior painting, and light carpentry and electrical work. Those interested in volunteering can sign up on HAC’s website at www.haconcapecod.org.

This year’s Big Fix will kick off at the Lawrence School in Falmouth with a light breakfast provided by Whole Foods Market and Beanstock Coffee before volunteers head to their assigned homes. Once all work is completed, volunteers will return to the Lawrence School for a free lunch provided by the 99 Restaurant.

If you are interested in becoming a recipient of this year's Big Fix in Falmouth, click the green button below. 

Big Fix Bourne Recipient Application

Tags: volunteering, Big Fix, HAC Volunteers, Falmouth, Falmouth Big Fix, home repair