Though HAC organizes a number of events throughout the year the Big Fix in September is perhaps one of the most rewarding experiences for volunteers. “It is always a feel good event and at the end of the day people feel like they really made a difference in the life of a senior, a vet or a disabled person,” HAC volunteer coordinator Mary Everett-Patriquin said.
This year HAC will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Big Fix which started in Barnstable in 2010 when volunteers helped conduct minor home repairs for low-income homeowners in the mid-Cape community.
This year on Saturday, September 13 HAC will send a crew of volunteers to Yarmouth where it will do similar work in that town.
Everett-Patriquin welcomes volunteers of all skill levels, from novices to professional construction workers and tradespersons. There is also a need for experienced handymen to serve as supply pickers at local hardware stores.
With as many as 12 homes being worked on during the day, she said, it is always useful to have someone at the store to pick up specific supplies that may be needed to complete a home repair.
Those interested in learning more about volunteering for the Big Fix can call Everett-Patriquin at 508-771-5400 ext. 279 or email her at volunteer@HAConCapeCod.org.