“The things you do for others is what lasts.”
– Ernie Wilson, volunteer
Drive around any area of Henderson County and look – if you see a wheelchair ramp at someone’s home, chances are it was built by Housing Assistance Corporation’s Ramp Team. Ernie Wilson has been a Home Repair volunteer with Housing Assistance for 22 years. When he retired from GE in 1991, Ernie joined Clarence Sleeman and Ed Fickley to volunteer together for Housing Assistance in what would eventually evolve into the Ramp Team. “Well, I was looking for something to do and I don’t golf. I enjoy working with my hands and I enjoy the people I work with. I believe the harder you work the luckier you get. “In 22 years, the team has completed over 300 home repair projects, most of them ramps. Everything they do is done in the spirit of enabling people to remain independent in their own homes.
Volunteering is a great way to learn a skill, make new friends, and improve the community!
Do you like to work with your hands, and solve problems creatively? You might like being a part of our health and safety Home Repair team.
Maybe you’re more interested in people than in tools. Our Fall Prevention program offers a chance to visit one on one with elderly clients and help them prevent falling in their home. You would be helping them live independently, while at the same time sharing a neighborly visit.
If you enjoy networking and meeting new people, maybe marketing is more your style. We want everyone to hear about the work Housing Assistance is doing in the community.
There are opportunities for groups too – special events, build days, and home repair.
There are lots of ways to help Housing Assistance create and preserve safe and affordable housing in Henderson County.
Interested in Volunteering? Download our Volunteer Application or contact our Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Home Repair Program
Housing Assistance performs repairs on homes throughout the year and relies on volunteer labor to help with each job. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities within the home repair program:
- The Wheelchair Ramp Team
- Leader for youth volunteers
- Annual TEAM Day event
- Health and safety repairs: floor repair, steps and porches, minor plumbing, etc.
Fall Prevention Program
The Fall Prevention Program is designed to educate low income elderly and disabled people about the risks of falling in the home and offers suggestions for how to prevent falling. The program also completes modifications and safety upgrades to homes so homeowners may remain living independently, safely, and with a sense of security in their own homes.
- Client education
- Home visits and assessments
- Minor home modifications
Affordable Housing Support
- Advocacy and public policy development
- Legal advice and support
- Real estate acquisition
- Public speaking
- Group dynamics
- Office management
- Website maintenance
- Computer network support
- Newsletter design and mailing
- Brochures and promotional material
- Event organization
- Event staffing
- Architectural design
- Landscape planning and installation
- Interior decorating