Event canceled, but Hearts and Hammers still serving

Editor,

For more than a quarter of a century, during this time of year, hundreds of volunteers have gathered to improve the living situation of our island neighbors in need.

The South Whidbey Hearts & Hammers board of directors wishes to extend its gratitude to all the volunteers who have devoted themselves to the first Saturday in May Workday over the years, the focal point of our organization for the past 26 years.

With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order, all homeowner applicants and volunteers were notified that the board canceled the May 2 Workday event. This was a difficult decision, but obviously necessary.Though the COVID-19 pandemic stymied our traditional effort this year, we remain proactive. We are hopeful that at some time between July and mid-September, opportunities to continue our mission with the repair of homes may arise.

For now, keeping our neighbors and ourselves safe and healthy is our main objective. We will keep you updated on future work possibilities through email, Facebook and our website.

Meanwhile, South Whidbey Hearts & Hammers has donated funds to Whidbey Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund and fulfilled matching-grant obligations by completing two major roof replacements, while maintaining social distancing orders.

Again, thanks, thanks and ever thanks, volunteers.

We appreciate all you do for our community. Stay home, stay healthy.

Board of Directors

South Whidbey Hearts & Hammers

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