WHAT IS ITS MISSION?
Hammer & Nails, an ecumenical Christian nonprofit outreach organization based in Canton is dedicated to improving the quality of life for disadvantaged area homeowners through home and property improvements.
The organization has become two-fold in its outreach: serving disadvantaged (such as elderly, single parents, mentally/physically challenged or financially burdened) Stark County homeowners who need home repairs, as well as providing volunteer opportunities for both youth and adults.
HOW/WHEN DID IT GET STARTED?
Hammer & Nails grew out of a temporary ministry from North Industry Christian Church, where it hosted mission service camps with 400 teenagers nationwide who worked on 50 homes in one week. The success of several of these events led to a full-time, year-round, independent, ecumenical 501c3 nonprofit organization, which began in January 2002. Darlene and Mike Leghart are co-founders of Hammer & Nails, and Darlene serves full time as the executive director.
HOW CAN OTHERS HELP?
Volunteers, adults and youth, skilled and unskilled, are needed to help with the selected home improvement projects. Time and skill level of each volunteer is matched with the skill level needed for the selected projects. Home improvement projects may include interior and exterior painting, drywall repairs, porch construction, installing doors, single-story roofing and building wheelchair ramps. The organization stresses that volunteers need only have willing hands and a desire to help their neighbor. About 2,000 volunteers dedicate more than 10,000 hours of labor to the organization annually.To date, nearly 1,400 homeowners have been assisted, but the need is great in our community. Hammer & Nails has a constant application list of more than 150 homeowners waiting for resources and volunteers.
WHAT DO YOU NEED MOST?
General support funds, trim brushes, paint tray liners, painter’s tape, construction trash bags, Spic N’ Span, liquid, paper towels, first-class postage stamps
WHAT ARE SOME VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES?
One-day mission service projects
Mini-mission service projects (three to six days long)
The Carpenter’s Crew (Tuesday and Thursday handyman projects)
ABOUT HAMMER & NAILS
Address: 906 12th St. NW, Canton 44703
Board members: Tonya Strahler, president; Automn Lowe, vice president; Gina Bowers, secretary; Ernie Schott, treasurer; Michael Avery, Craig Joseph, Lynn Kelley, Pastor Jeff Knori, Gary Lyon, Sheri Maldonado, Chris McBurney and Kari Willoughby.
Send donations to: Hammer & Nails, Inc., P.O. Box 8224, Canton, OH 44711-8224