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Handy Volunteer Program

mentor teaching how to use a saw on a home repair project
A Win-Win Volunteer Mentorship

We help low-income older adults & individuals with disabilities age in place safely by providing home repairs at no cost to the homeowner. Most repairs provided are not complex and are the type a handy homeowner could complete themselves.

Whether you're already a DIY-er or would like to be, we've got a place for you in this program.

WE WANT YOU!

We want to help any volunteer who says "I'm not handy but I would like to be" to learn valuable handy skills including:

 

  • Basic hand tools & safety

  • Simple electrical (replacing a light fixture - not rewiring a house)

  • Basic plumbing

  • Foundational carpentry

  • Problem solving confidence (because every house is just a little different)

THE PROGRAM

While you learn or share skills you can take with you for the rest of your life, you'll join a mentor to help provide needed home repairs for the homeowners we serve! There's nothing quite like learning on the job to help build your handy confidence.

 

  • First, attend a basic safety training and meet other handy volunteers at NeighborLink Indianapolis

  • Provide us with your estimated availability (minimum of 3 hours a month, 3 months a year)

  • Go through a background check (you will be working on actual homeowner's homes with homeowner's present)

  • Meet our Repairs and Training Technician who will be guiding this program and be your handy help

  • We pair you with a handy mentor to complete a home repair project as often as you would like and to fit your preferred availability.

  • End of the year celebration with all of our handy volunteers!

  • If you liked it the first year, sign up for the next! 

Want to learn more or start the process to join? Contact Lisa Cole, lcole@homerepairsforgood.org

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