What is Hearts
Hearts & Hammers, located on South Whidbey Island
in the state of Washington, is a community of local
volunteers that repair and rehabilitate the homes
of those who are physically or financially unable
to do the work alone. What began in 1994 as a pilot
project under the sponsorship of the Langley United
Methodist Church, has become an independent non-profit
program supported by the larger community. One day
a year over 400 volunteers gather on the first weekend
of May bringing needed repairs to homeowners.
What repairs are done?
We do whatever repairs and renovations are possible
within the scope of a one-day work party, including
carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, painting, plastering,
weatherization, heavy cleaning, roofing, yard cleanup
and trash removal.
How are Hearts & Hammers
Starting in October, homeowners can apply directly
through our web sign-up page, by phone or email. We
also get suggestions from pastors, senior services,
home health care, medical professionals, relatives,
neighbors and community organizations. Work assessment
teams visit proposed sites to determine the needs
and see if the work is within our financial and time
constraints. Final selections are approved by the
Board of Hearts & Hammers.
Who can Volunteer?
Everyone who wishes to help can be put to work. People
with specific skills are always needed and the volunteer
form allows you to identify any particular skills
you may have. See the volunteer
page for information
about signing up online. All volunteers will be contacted
a few weeks prior to the workday.
We welcome volunteers age 12-112. Unfortunately we
cannot allow anyone under 12 to volunteer. Children
12-15 may work with their parents only, while 16-17
year olds may work with written parental permission.
Permission form can be downloaded from the web
sign-up page and must be brought to the workday.
Who do we help?
Homeowners who are physically or financially unable
to do necessary repairs are eligible. Priority
is given to health and safety concerns. There
are no eligibility forms to be filled. A Hearts & Hammers
board member will be in touch and ask a few questions.
Sign-up on our web site or call 360 221-6063 if
you would like to have your home considered for
the May workday. Applications should be in by
January 31, although emergency cases can be considered
Why is Hearts & Hammers
Maintaining a home can be physically or financially difficult for the elderly,
the disabled, or anyone with limited resources. Hearts & Hammers volunteer
crews hope to build community spirit and compassion while giving neighbors
a helping hand.
How can I get a brochure?
You can download one for yourself; find them in
many locations around the Southend from November
through May, such as in building supply stores,
nurseries, and post offices; or you can contact
us and we will be glad to send you one.
How can I support Hearts & Hammers
Give us just one day a year! Whether old or new
to the island, we need you!
Please sign up on our
volunteer page. Plus,
you can lend financial support to Hearts & Hammers
by donating on the web page or send to:
Hearts & Hammers
PO Box 694
Langley, Wa. 98260
We are a 501(C)3 non-profit corporation. Donations
are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed
See you on the first Saturday in May! Bring your
hearts and hammers!