While Habitat for Humanity is usually known for its larger projects — such as partnering with a low-income family to build a house — they also assist families with smaller projects that need to be done around the house.
Frank Kucerak, the Habitat for Humanity of Herkimer County chapter’s construction coordinator, said representatives have visited with village boards, including Ilion and Herkimer, to spread the word about their small works program.
“Part of what we do as Habitat for Humanity is we do small works projects,” said Kucerak, who said the home repair project is capped at $1,500. He said the kind of work that would be included under the small works program includes part of a roof repair, a foundation repair, replacing a section of a fence and replacing windows.
Kucerak also noted that the homeowners would be expected to put in “sweat equity” if their project is selected, which means the homeowner needs to invest his own hours into the project.
“Part of our mission is giving people a hand up,” he said. “So they need to put in sweat equity work.”
To find the application for the www.herkimercountyhabitat.com/smallworks.html.
“Then we review the applications to see if they meet the criteria,” he said. “We only do two our three projects a year.”
Besides being a good opportunity for homeowners, Kucerak said it could also be a good opportunity for volunteers.
“We want to get the word out and maybe get some volunteers who don’t want to do construction,” he said.
Kucerak said its volunteers will have a home finished for the St. Onge family on Jerusalem Hill Road in Litchfield within the next month. The family has put in more than 500 hours of “sweat equity” and will purchase the home with a no-interest loan.
In February, the chapter received a grant from The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties and the Wesley and Marion Small Fund, Harry F. Dise Fund and the Faxton Street Home Fund for a total of $19,637 for tools and equipment.
For information or to volunteer to help, call (315) 894-3713 or (315) 894-9216.