WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT CENTER?
The Community Improvement Center (CIC), established in 2004, grew out of Western Crawford County’s Annual Make A Difference Day event as a way to meet the critical need in our community to make area homes safe and accessible. The CIC’s mission is to coordinate and mobilize volunteers to complete home improvement projects that benefit those with special needs and/or a limited income.
WHAT KIND OF WORK DOES THE COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT CENTER PERFORM?
The CIC performs various home improvement projects, including but not limited to the building of wheelchair ramps, weatherization, plumbing, electrical work, painting and roofing.
WHO DOES THE WORK?
All actions of the CIC are performed by volunteers. We have a core committee which is made up of volunteers from the Crawford County Area. Our skilled projects are supervised by a volunteer or volunteers who are skilled in that particular area of expertise – carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical, etc. Performing the work are skilled and unskilled volunteers from the Crawford County Area, with a majority coming from Allegheny College as well as the local high schools.
WHO GETS PAID?
No one gets paid for the labor of the project. All of the work is performed on a volunteer basis. The materials are paid for through generous donations from the United Way, local building supply companies and grants. If possible, we ask homeowners to make a donation to the United Way of Western Crawford County that goes towards funding the project.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
In order to be eligible for a CIC project, you must meet all of the following criteria:
1) You must own your home and live in it
2) You must live in Western Crawford County. This includes Adamsville, Atlantic, Hartstown, Cochranton, Conneaut Lake, Guys Mills, Meadville, Cambridge Springs, Conneautville, Harmonsburg, Linesville, Saegertown, Springboro, and Venango.
3) You must document that your household’s income was at or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines for the previous 12 months.
Among the Applicants who meet these requirements, we place priority on candidates who exhibit poor health due to disability or illness, who are veterans and/or who are age 60 and older.
HOW DO I APPLY?
To get an application, you can download one here, or contact us by calling the United Way offices at (814) 337-1251. All applications should be filled out, mailed and returned to the following address:
Community Improvement Center
c/o United Way of Western Crawford County
415 Chestnut Street
Meadville PA 16335
Once we receive your application, we will call to confirm that we have received it. We will then schedule a site visit and continue to evaluate the project based on our resources and the homeowner’s exact needs. We strive to assess the applications on a project by project basis to ensure that we use our resources effectively.
HOW DO I VOLUNTEER?
The CIC is always looking for new volunteers to work with us! We need volunteers from the Crawford County area with a range of skills and skill levels to assist us in completing projects all year long. Whether you are a veteran construction worker, a gardener, a student, or just interested in doing community service, we need your help! If your organization is looking for projects to fulfill community service hours, please contact us. We can help you find someone in your neighborhood who would benefit from your talents.
WHO DO I CONTACT WITH OTHER QUESTIONS?
Do you know of someone who could use our help? Can’t do the labor and want to help us in another way? Please do not hesitate to contact the United Way of Western Crawford County by calling (814) 337-1251 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial donations are greatly appreciated. All money goes towards projects and supplies. Also, if you have any gently used tools that you are looking to donate, contact us!
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