Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, the Big Fix will take place on Saturday, September 13. Aimed at seniors, the disabled and veterans on a limited income, the Big Fix is an event in which volunteers from all over the Cape come to a town, conducting a variety of home repairs for those in need. Started in 2010 by Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC), the first annual Big Fix took place in Barnstable, and has since traveled to Sandwich, Dennis, and Mashpee, and this year, it will come to Yarmouth.
Already for 2014, the HAC has received nearly two dozen applications from residents seeking home improvements. Over the next few weeks, HAC officials will be visiting those homes to determine which will be selected for the Big Fix and what work will be done on that day. The HAC will need volunteers to help with a variety of home repairs ranging from the cosmetic to the more intricate. Although all skill levels are needed, volunteers must be able to perform tasks that range in difficulty and include cleaning gutters, weeding, pruning hedges, raking, hauling brush and moving heavy and/or bulky items. Basic home repair skills are a plus, but not required.
Interested individuals and groups should sign up to volunteer no later than Friday, August 29. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian. Volunteers will gather at 8 AM on September 13 at Mattacheese Middle School, 400 Higgins Crowell Road, West Yarmouth. Work on the houses will begin at 9:30 AM and teams will finish by 2 PM.
To volunteer, fill out a form at www.HAConCapeCod.org or pick up an application at Yarmouth Town Hall, Yarmouth Senior Center, or the Yarmouth libraries. Mary Everett-Patriquin with Housing Assistance Corporation can be reached at volunteer@HAConCapeCod.org or 508-771-4800, extension 279.