October 16th, 2009

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Elderly or handicapped friend or neighbor need home fix-up?

Know someone who's elderly or handicapped who needs their home fixed up?

Christmas in April is an annual, one-day project to repair the homes of the seniors of our community due to some type of disability and financial hardship who cannot do the work themselves.

To be eligible for consideration, the HOME TO BE REPAIRED MUST BE OWNED AND OCCUPIED BY THE HOMEOWNER AND THE HOMEOWNER MUST BE ELDERY AND/OR DISABLED. While there are no income requirements, the program does take need into consideration when making the final selections. In particular, the program is designed to help individuals who have no means to make the needed repairs themselves.

Skilled and unskilled volunteers give six to eight hours of service to help with repairs. Christmas in April is a non-profit organization supported entirely by voluntary contributions of time and money. The program does have several limitations, however, CHRISTMAS IN APRIL CANNOT MAKE STRUCTURAL REPAIRS OR UNDERTAKE PROJECTS THAT CANNOT BE COMPLETED IN ONE DAY!

Repairs are limited to the last Saturday in April. Even with a team of 20 or more volunteers assigned to the home, we cannot guarantee that all work that needs to be done can be complete or that all requested work will be done.

Repairs differ in each home but they can include: interior and exterior painting, minor carpentry, plumbing and electrical work, replacing stoves, refrigerators and hot water heaters, if existing appliances are not working, clean-up and yard work may also be included.

The Christmas in April work will be done on Saturday, April 24, 2010. We anticipate accepting as many as 100 homes for repair in the 2010 program. If you know of someone who may be interested, please have them complete the attached application and return it to:

Christmas in April*Prince George’s County
7915 Malcolm Road
Clinton, MD 20735

Applications (link goes to PDF application) must be received in the Christmas In April office by November 1, 2009.

If you are applying on behalf of someone or making a referral, please discuss your referral with the homeowner prior to submitting the application and secure as much of the required information as possible. We also need your name, relationship to the homeowner and your phone numbers. The applicant will be notified in writing by January 2010 whether or not they have been selected for the 2010 program.

Additionally, the program requires a site visit by a Christmas in April volunteer to make sure the repairs are within the scope of the Christmas in April program. The homeowner will receive a call in mid-November to schedule this visit.

If you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact Mary Kucharski at 301-868-0937.

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"Climate heroes"

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network celebrates "climate heroes" for the strongest climate protection bill ever adopted by a U.S. state - Maryland.

For Climate Leadership in Supporting the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act

Governor Martin O'Malley has been the Governor of Maryland since 2007. His support was instrumental in passing the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act, the strongest statewide carbon cap ever passed in the nation.

Dr. Donald Boesch is a Professor of Marine Science and President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). Boesch was a key leader of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change and helped craft the Climate Action Plan, which became the basis for the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act.
For Commitment to Sustainability

D. Keith Campbell, Chairman of the Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment, promotes policy, advocacy, and enforcement to improve water quality, restore ecological balance, and foster an engaged citizenry within the watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Coastal Bays and the Pacific Coast region.
For Grassroots Leadership

We will also recognize the Maryland Student Climate Coalition and the Baltimore Climate Action Network for their outstanding work to curb global warming in Maryland at a grassroots level.

CCAN Director Mike Tidwell will MC the event.



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