|Just a few of many people who help make Christmas in April*Calvert County a sucesss.|
Christmas in April*Calvert County, Inc. is a United Way Member Agency, which helps disabled and elderly homeowners, and families with children, who live in and own their house and cannot afford to pay for home repairs. Christmas in April works all year to repair 25 houses on the last Saturday of April. Some emergency repairs and follow-up work are done throughout the year.
Christmas in April*Calvert County, Inc. has repaired at least 25 homes per year since 1991. We work all year to get ready for that special day. Once a home is referred, a home visit is made by the house selection committee. A determination is made whether the house meets the eligibility criteria and can be repaired by Christmas in April. By January the houses are selected, and volunteers are matched with work requirements on each house. Our volunteers include licensed carpenters, plumbers, and electricians, but the majority of people, who are not housing experts, work under the supervision of a house captain; as a handyman, painting, cleaning, and/or doing yard work because they want to make a difference.
All the work is done to provide a safer home. We replace windows, doors, heating systems, and add insulation. We build ramps for the disabled. We insulate and replace windows and doors, including storm doors. We rebuild entrances, decks, stairs, bathroom and kitchen floors, replace joists, repair plumbing, repair roofs, and help with the replacement of septic systems. We paint the inside and outside of houses. Because of the extent of work and the funds available, some houses require work over several years.