Volunteers needed as Hammers’ time nears on Whidbey

Volunteers like this fix homes across South Whidbey for Hearts & Hammers every year.  - Record file
Volunteers like this fix homes across South Whidbey for Hearts & Hammers every year.
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Volunteers are needed for the Hearts & Hammers workday Saturday, May 4, celebrating 20 years of neighbors helping neighbors. Now is the time for volunteers to sign up and take part in the largest volunteer gathering on South Whidbey.

More than 50 homeowners will be helped this year. The annual workday, the first Saturday in May, will bring needed repairs to homeowners who physically or financially are unable to do the work alone. There is no cost to the homeowners, thanks to volunteers, donations and in kind donations of material from local lumber yards and supply retailers.

Give one day of your life, together with hundreds of volunteers from across this community, to help many South Whidbey neighbors stay in their homes. This work day is one of the largest community efforts to help repair homes for families, the elderly and disabled. Hearts and Hammers needs volunteers to sign up now so teams can be formed under the direction of the house captains. Volunteers do whatever repairs and renovations are possible within the scope of a one-day work party.

This year the needs range from repairing roofs, building wheelchair ramps, replacing doors and windows to cleanup, floor repairs and trash removal. All skill levels are welcome.

Volunteers will gather rain or shine on Saturday morning, May 4, at South Whidbey High School for a breakfast and directions. A photo is taken of the entire group just before everyone heads out to the various homes all over South Whidbey. They gather again at the high school at the end of the day for a dinner and accounts of the day’s accomplishments.

Donations are still needed to accomplish the work on the home repairs this year.

Donors and volunteers can go online at to sign up or donate.

Sign-up sheets are also available at Bayview Design Center, Pro Build, Hanson’s, Frontier Lumber, Langley Methodist Church, St. Hubert, Trinity Lutheran Church, Island Athletic Club and Good Cheer. Forms can be mailed to P.O. Box 694, Langley, WA. 98260

The volunteers are as diverse as the community; some are contractors, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, gardeners and some are just regular folks who enjoy the satisfaction of helping and the camaraderie of working side by side with their friends and neighbors. It is a hard-working, yet gratifying day, where old friends get together, new friends are made and despite the fatigue at the end of the day, there are smiles.


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