WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY/WARM) — Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, Inc (WARM), a local nonprofit home repair ministry, is now taking applications for its summer season. Organizers say they typically operate on a long waiting list but because of overwhelming support of volunteers and donors in the community, the waiting list in New Hanover County is shorter than normal.
WARM puts together hundreds of volunteers every year to make urgent, safety-related repairs and accessibility upgrades for elderly, disabled, and other low-income homeowners in Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender Counties.
In 2016, organizers say WARM donors and volunteers served 155 households which turned out to be an agency record!
Typical services include flooring/subflooring repair, plumbing and electrical repairs, window and door replacement and repair, wheelchair ramp construction, grab bar installation, stairs and landing construction, weatherization, and appliance installation.
“Our community has taken action, reducing wait times all over our service area and especially in New Hanover County,” says WARM’s executive director Jeannie Cariker “JC” Skane, “This has opened up a lot of slots for people to be served by the summer mission teams.”
The deadline to apply is Friday, April 14th with work possibly beginning in mid-June. To apply for WARM services, low-income homeowners must first call the office (910.399.7563) to request an application, then complete and return the application. If approved, WARM personnel will visit each home to conduct an assessment. If the project meets WARM’s criteria, the work may begin as early as mid-June. There is no charge for the repairs. Most of the work is completed by adult and youth volunteers, supervised by a member of WARM’s construction crew.
If you would like to know more about the program or inquire about helping volunteer, click here.