Hearts & Hammers in need of projects

Central Whidbey Hearts and Hammers volunteer Beth Tristao helps paint the exterior of a house in Coupeville during a previous spring work day.  - Photo submitted by Vickie Chambers
Central Whidbey Hearts and Hammers volunteer Beth Tristao helps paint the exterior of a house in Coupeville during a previous spring work day.
— image credit: Photo submitted by Vickie Chambers

The members of Central Whidbey Hearts and Hammers are ready to get their hands dirty and dig out their tools for their annual spring work day. But here’s the thing; before they can start fixing leaky faucets, pulling weeds and repairing roofs, they need to find some faucets, weeds and roofs to work on.

Central Whidbey Hearts and Hammers is in its third year. It is a nonprofit organization that helps those who cannot complete their own home repairs or chores due to physical or financial constraints. The work is paid for through fundraisers and donations and comes at no cost to homeowners.

During the month of March, Central Whidbey Hearts and Hammers members are asking people to sign up their home repair needs for their work day on May 7. Though requests will be taken through March 29, the members are asking people to call them in as soon as possible to allow for proper planning time. This year, the members hope to take on 20 projects.

Board member Bill Skubi said projects can range from pulling weeds to painting houses to remodeling a deck or entryway to make it safer or wheelchair accessible.

“We’ll do just about anything to help make a home more inhabitable,” Skubi said.

Projects can only be submitted by homeowners who live within the Coupeville School District boundaries. Skubi said Hearts and Hammers has had some difficulty in the past finding projects to take on because people are too proud to come forward, but he stresses that there is no need to feel that way.

“We’re just neighbors helping neighbors,” he said.

And in regard to help, the organization is also seeking volunteers and donations to ensure that all of the projects are possible.

“Many hands make for light work,” Skubi said.

Though a few of the nonprofit’s 11 board members have professional experience as contractors, plumbers and painters, volunteers do not need to have any special building or landscaping skills; all adults and teenagers are encouraged to lend a hand. Furthermore, those who are more comfortable sticking to cooking, cleaning or gardening tasks are welcome to do so.

“Whether it’s businesses donating supplies or individual citizens, the community at large steps up,” board member Vickie Chambers said.

The volunteers and homeowners will gather on May 7 around 8 a.m. to share a provided breakfast at Living Hope Foursquare Church and then will spend the day working on prospective projects. Around 6 p.m. they’ll reconvene from the day’s labors and enjoy dinner.

“After a full day of working together, everybody kind of bonds,” Chambers said. “It’s very celebratory.”

The nonprofit’s biggest fundraising event of the year will be a concert featuring the infamous Johnny Bulldog. The show will be held at 7 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge on Friday, April 1. Advanced tickets cost $20 and will be on sale at Lind’s Drugstore and Bayleaf in Coupeville; Wind & Tide Bookshop, Shred Shred Guitar Shop and Whidbey Coffee and Cafe in Oak Harbor; and Bookbay in Freeland. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the day of the performance for $25.

To help fund the projects in another way, people can send donations to Central Whidbey Hearts & Hammers at 107 South Main Street, Suite C-102, Coupeville, WA 98239. Donations are tax deductible and all proceeds directly benefit the projects. Last year, Central Whidbey Hearts and Hammers completed 17 projects on their spring work day costing about $10,000 total.

Submit your proposal

To submit a project or to volunteer, call Central Whidbey Hearts and Hammers at 360-240-2964. A volunteer form and email addresses can be found at



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