2012 Vol 1This Year’s event day is Saturday October 11th, 2014.  On average, over 4,000 volunteers fan out into the community every year often working side-by-side with the homeowners to make a difference…to raise their standard of living and bring pride back to them and their neighborhood. Volunteers, including over 400 skilled union plumbers, pipe fitters, electricians and glazers, corporate and church teams, and others from across the metropolitan area contribute hundreds of man-hours helping to restore and renovate more than 500 homes every year. Exhausted yet exhilarated by the results of helping neighbors in need, everyone realizes the tangible impact that has been made.

The need is great; the emotional team-building and personal rewards are enormous. Why not help us make an even greater impact?

Anyone with any skill level can volunteer!

Service opportunities are available year around and any day you want to work that the homeowner is available.  Groups consist of a House Captain (HC) that is the group leader and coordinator.  A construction leader ( can be the HC) and a team of 5-20 volunteers.  Many projects can be completed in one day and others may take several trips.  Timing is dependent on the skills, number of volunteers and the size of the job you select.

CIO spends much of the year gathering applications from homeowners and qualifying them for the program.  The HC can scan the database of applications for homeowners and work requests that meet their timing and skills.  The HC then contacts the homeowner to arrange a meeting where they decide if they can do the work, what specific work will be done ( it does not need to be everything) and when they will do it.

Anyone can be involved and be a volunteer regardless of their background.  We do recommend that only people over 18 be allowed to use power tools or be on ladders.

  • Skilled roles will depend on the work that you decide to do but can include:
    Carpentry, light plumbing / electrical, tile, concrete and chainsaw handling
  • Unskilled work can include:
    Yard work, painting, cleaning, providing meals, insulating, caulking and windows
  • There can also be a need for people with heavy equipment like:
    Pickup trucks, trailers, large equipment (Bobcat), professional power tools etc.

What you can do to help:

  • Make a monetary contribution – any time throughout the year to help us purchase needed materials and equipment.
  • Organize a group of volunteers within your organization to spend a day helping improve the living conditions of the elderly and disabled.
  • Gather a team of your friends and family and join us in October…what better way to spend a day together!
  • Give your time and talent back to the community through your painting, electrical, carpentry and other skills…and gain greater exposure for your organization.
  • Donate supplies such as construction materials, equipment, appliances and more to help us keep expenses in check.
  • Partner with us to increase the awareness of the services we offer, giving those in your organization a stronger sense of community and a spirit of volunteerism.

If organizing a group of volunteers to spend a day improving the living conditions of the elderly and disabled sounds like something you would be interested in, then join us in giving back. To learn more about being a part of the Christmas in October’s Adopt-a-House program just send an email to info@christmasinoctober.org or call us at 816-531-6443.

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