Events

Volunteer Coffee Hour 

The first Wednesday of the month at 10 am at Housing Assistance Corporation, 460 West Main Street, Hyannis.

Learn more about HAC and how you can get involved. This monthly coffee hour is a brief overview of what HAC does, who we serve, and what volunteer opportunities are available. Meets usually every first Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. for one hour. RSVP here!

HAC's Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition (Thursday, April 7)

An evening that brings HAC staff, volunteers, supporters and donors together to celebrate the previous year's accomplishments while recognizing the wonderful work being done in the community by individuals, organizations and businesses that align with HAC's mission to ensure all on Cape Cod have safe, stable and decent place to live. 

For details, contact Laura Reckford at 508-771-5400, ext. 273, or at lreckford@haconcapecod.org

Housing With Love Walk (Monday, July 11 - Sunday, July 17)

Join Housing Assistance Corporation’s walk team for the 23rd Annual Housing with Love Walk, a seven-day walk spanning the length of Cape Cod. The walk benefits local non-profits, raising money and awareness for Cape Cod housing agencies. HAC will be walking as a group on Sunday, July 19. The HAC Walk Team will gather on the Falmouth Village Green at 11 a.m. to walk 3.5 miles to Woods Hole. Click the above Housing With Love Walk link to donate.

The Cape Cod Quahog Challenge (Sunday, August 7)

The Quahog Challenge is a competition to find the tastiest stuffed clam on Cape Cod. The winner gets bragging and marketing rights for The Best Stuffed Quahog on Cape Cod.

The event, started in 2015, features celebrity judges; a special guest of honor (Doug the Quahog); and live entertainment. Funds raised will go to Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC), a 42-year-old nonprofit providing housing services and solutions to Cape Cod and the Islands. 

Click here to LIKE the Quahog Challenge on Facebook!

HAC's Big Fix (Brewster, TBA Fall 2016)

A day of service aimed at making small home improvements to local veterans, seniors and the disabled. Now in its seventh year, the Big Fix has been to Barnstable, Dennis, Sandwich, Mashpee, Yarmouth and Bourne. In 2016, it comes to Brewster where we hope over 200 volunteers will come out to make a big difference in the lives of their neighbors in need.  

Shelter Cape Cod Telethon (Thursday, December 8)

The Shelter Cape Cod Telethon is a major fundraiser to support all of Housing Assistance Corporation’s shelters: The NOAH Shelter, Angel House Shelter, Carriage House Shelter, and The Village at Cataumet Shelter.

HAC Classes & Workshops 

Throughout the year, HAC offers the following classes: Rebuilding Your Credit, Homebuyer Education (for first-time homebuyers) and Home Forever (for homeowners). Click here for more information and schedules.

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Sponsorships for our events are available. Without your support, events like these would not be possible. Levels of sponsorship range from $100 to $10,000, with benefits applicable to each level. Sponsorship provides an opportunity to advertise your business and also allows you to contribute to work that stabilizes the Cape Cod economy.

Please contact Deanna Bussiere at dbussiere@haconcapecod.org or 508-771-5400, ext. 270, to learn more about our events and sponsorship opportunities.

HAC in the News

Big Fix made positive impact from tragic event

Posted on Mon, Sep 12, 2011

FORESTDALE — Standing in the kitchen of her home, Maureen Lemire posited that, if Sept. 11 memorialized buildings that came crashing down, maybe it was fitting that on this day something should be built.

On Sunday, Lemire watched as more than a dozen volunteers built a ramp and deck that would allow her disabled daughter, Cayla, 21, to get into a new addition specially constructed for her.

"This has been incredible, to have all these people here," Lemire said.

"They are great people."

This is the second year of The Big Fix, a one-day event in which Hyannis-based Housing Assistance Corp. organizes volunteers to focus on projects in one town that help disabled and senior citizens with home repairs that improve their quality of life.

Last year, HAC focused on Barnstable. This year, the nonprofit agency, which assists Cape residents in finding and staying in healthy, safe and stable homes, decided to concentrate their efforts in Sandwich.

Having The Big Fix happen on Sept. 11, which had been designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance, helped bolster the memory that the decade-old tragedy was also a day when Americans came together to help one another, as individuals and as a nation.

Earlier this summer, HAC staffers were discussing what projects to do this year when Julie Wake, director of marketing, received a phone call from Cayla's grandmother. The contractor who had been building an addition onto the Lemire house had walked away from the job. That plea was followed by a letter from Cayla, a second-year student at Northeastern University, taking courses online.

"It was a very honest, beautiful letter," Wake recalled. "I forwarded it to the rest of the team. We decided in the next couple of hours we would make it happen."

Cayla was born with a form of muscular dystrophy that requires her to be in a motorized wheelchair all day. But she also has a ready smile, an easy, patient disposition and alert mind.

Despite suffering a setback three years ago that had her hospitalized for 100 days at Massachusetts General Hospital and resulted in her having to breathe through a surgically implanted hole in her neck, she remained undaunted. Cayla graduated from Sandwich High School and aspires to a degree in psychology with hopes to work in that field or in social work.

Sunday, her hopes were concentrated on seeing her new addition, built with a special federal loan program, for the first time. Although the contractor left it unfinished, it's easy to visualize her sitting room, bedroom and a specially constructed bathroom she can access with her motorized wheelchair instead of being carried in.

"There are a lot of us in the profession who like to give back," said Neal Pratt, a custom builder who does a lot of volunteer work for HAC. Private contractors, AmeriCorps volunteers and HAC staffers swarmed over the ramp and yard, pouring concrete, cutting posts, screwing down decking. By early afternoon, they had the ramp nearly built.

Wake said the response from the building community was fantastic, with national companies chipping in; Home Depot gave them a $3,000 grant for materials. Town officials in Sandwich and Bourne also helped smooth the way, with expedited permitting and special access to disposal areas for construction waste.

"Meeting Cayla made it much more personal, knowing she will be able to get into her (addition)," said Rich Bryant, a senior project manager for Cape Associates Inc. of Eastham.