Starting in Calvert County in 1991, Christmas in April Calvert County, Inc. a United Way Community Partner, is a non-profit volunteer organization. Christmas in April Calvert County, Inc., in partnership with the community, repairs and improves houses and other physical structures to ensure that low-income homeowners live in warmth, safety and independence.
Low-income homeowners, especially the elderly, disabled, families with children, and military veterans, who are unable to do the work themselves, are eligible to apply for Christmas in April services. Applications on behalf of homeowners can also be submitted by churches, community organizations, service groups, friends and family. Before making a referral for another individual, please obtain the homeowner’s permission. All of the homeowners must live in the home.
All repairs are paid for by Christmas in April. Homeowners are not expected to pay for any services provided. Each year, Christmas in April buys paint, boxes of nails, lumber, roofing tiles, sealant, pipes and, in some cases, even fixtures such as stoves or bathtubs. Repairs can be done in many areas, including carpentry, plumbing, electrical, plastering, painting, weather stripping, cleaning, and trash removal.
Once a home is referred, a home visit is made by the house selection committee. The Board ultimately makes the difficult determination as to whether the house meets the eligibility criteria, is in need, and can be repaired by Christmas in April.
Homeowners and family members who are present and who are able-bodied are expected to work with the volunteers on the Christmas in April day. While that is not always possible, homeowners have found other special ways to make volunteers feel welcome and appreciated, by providing a special snack, words of appreciation, or a note of thanks.
For mor information: https://www.christmasinaprilpg.org/