Our Goal: To preserve and revitalize houses and communities, assuring that low income homeowners live in warmth, safety and independence. Our goal is to make a sustainable impact in partnership with the community.
Who We Help / How Homeowners are Selected: To qualify, home owners must be low-income, elderly or disabled or otherwise unable to make needed repairs themselves. Referrals come from a variety of sources, including non-profit agencies, city departments, social service organizations, churches, synagogues and individuals. The program embraces people of all faiths, races, and walks of life.
How The Program Works: Christmas In October takes its cue from the old fashioned idea of “barn raising”. As many as 75 skilled and unskilled volunteers may be assigned to a particular project. Homeowners are frequently amazed at the sheer number of people who come out to lend a helping hand, and can’t believe the massive amount of work that can be accomplished by volunteers in a short time.
After several months of extensive planning and preparation, Christmas In October culminates on “Rebuilding Day” which is held typically on the 3rd Saturday in October. Volunteers include people of different skills and abilities – from those who barely know how to paint to professional roofers and plumbers, who volunteer their time and efforts. Some volunteers may be assigned to a particular project.
Why It Works: Christmas In October does more with less. Every dollar spent is leveraged with more than $4 in donated goods and services. It works because it is neighbors-helping-neighbors to build a safer and stronger community.
Sponsors: Funding comes from corporations, individuals, labor organizations, foundations, and civic and religious organizations.
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