House captain is Gary Wray checks that a beam of lumber fits properly on the deck in progress as volunteer Devin Short watches. Wray is also the president of the North Whidbey Hearts & Hammers. (Photo by Maria Matson/Whidbey News-Times)

House captain is Gary Wray checks that a beam of lumber fits properly on the deck in progress as volunteer Devin Short watches. Wray is also the president of the North Whidbey Hearts & Hammers. (Photo by Maria Matson/Whidbey News-Times)

Hearts and Hammers has annual work day

It was a big weekend for Whidbey Island Hearts & Hammers chapters, which held their annual work day on Saturday, May 4.

Central and South Whid-bey Hearts & Hammers match homeowners in urgent need of aid with volunteers who provide home repair free of charge.

The groups start their day with a big breakfast, divide into teams and disperse to spend the day laboring on various projects, such as repairing decks, building wheelchair accessible ramps, yard work, painting, installing smoke alarms, roof repair and more.

Criteria for homeowners who apply for assistance is that they can’t do it on their own or hire people to fix it.

One project for the Central Whidbey Hearts & Hammers was at the Terry Mobile Park in Coupeville.

About 100 volunteers worked on more than 15 projects on Saturday, President Wilson Binger said.

“‘We”ll do whatever we can to help keep people in their homes,” he said. “Part of our mission is to create a sense of community.”

South Whidbey Hearts & Hammers had about 350 volunteers and 27 projects for its 26th annual workday, organizers said.

“It was a wonderful day,” President Baz Stevens said. “We did some really great projects. … It’s a privilege working with so many selfless individuals.”

Island County waives Hearts & Hammers dumping fees each year, which is a big help, Binger said.

Organizers of a newly forming third chapter, North Whidbey Hearts & Hammers, expect to be able to run a workday of their own next year.

Volunteers from the Central Whidbey Hearts & Hammers work on building a deck. From left to right, are Chuck Hathaway, Devin Short, house captain Gary Wray and Dave Park. (Photo by Maria Matson/Whidbey News-Times)

Volunteers from the Central Whidbey Hearts & Hammers work on building a deck. From left to right, are Chuck Hathaway, Devin Short, house captain Gary Wray and Dave Park. (Photo by Maria Matson/Whidbey News-Times)

South Whidbey Hearts Hammers volunteers, including house captain Ken Murray, center, work on a project Saturday. (Photo provided)

South Whidbey Hearts Hammers volunteers, including house captain Ken Murray, center, work on a project Saturday. (Photo provided)

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