Christmas in April*Calvert County, a United Way Community Partner, is now accepting applications for work to be done on homes the last Saturday in April 2018. Deadline for receipt of applications is Sept. 30.
Christmas in April* Calvert County, Inc., is a volunteer, non-profit organization that repairs and renovates the homes of low-income homeowners, particularly those of military veterans, the elderly, disabled, and families with children. The organization and its volunteers are dedicated to the goal of helping these homeowners live in warmth, safety, and independence. There is no cost to the homeowner approved for the program.
More than 900 volunteers donated 11,000 hours of their time in 2017 to help their neighbors in need. Since 1991, hundreds of volunteers have donated their time to improve more than 854 homes in Calvert County. Work was done free of charge for homeowners of 60 homes in 2017. Volunteers painted, replaced windows and doors, installed insulation, repaired roofs, did yard work, made homes safer and more accessible, and much more.
After trying out a wheelchair ramp and accessible deck built by Christmas in April volunteers, a homeowner said that the ramp has been “just wonderful. I feel so blessed. I had to miss doctors’ appointments because I could not get out of the house. I have an appointment tomorrow and I can go!”
Another homeowner had a problem with water backing up in her shower. “It was awful,” said the homeowner, “but now everything is wonderful.” Christmas in April had a drain field installed for her. “That was my Thanksgiving present and Christmas present.”
The homeowner must live in the home that is referred for Christmas in April. Friends and family members may submit an application on another’s behalf but should first obtain the homeowner’s consent.
Applications may be obtained at the senior centers, libraries, and churches or may be requested by calling 410-535-9044. Applications also are available at www.christmasinaprilcalvertcounty.org and may be submitted online.