Program Services

What We Can Do:

To qualified applicants, the following services are provided, depending on the
availability of volunteers:

  • Roof replacement
  • Construction of wheelchair ramps
  • Painting of homes both interior and exterior
  • Installation of grab bars
  • Yard work
  • Weatherization
  • Emergency plumbing repairs
  • Minor plumbing work
  • Minor electrical work
  • General Maintenance
  • Minor carpentry repairs


What We Cannot Do, or Must Be Approved By Majority Vote of Christmas In Action Board
(i.e. House Acceptance/Rejection Parameters)

ELECTRICAL
Limited to an existing circuit:
Changing an outlet, changing a light switch, changing a light fixture,
adding a GFI (provided there is a ground wire)
Installing a ceiling fan (provided there was an existing fixture)
Installing a porch light or motion detector lights (provided there are
existing fixtures)

PLUMBING
No gas line repairs by volunteers (contract out)
No repairs connected with raw sewage
No adding outside faucets
Water heaters - inoperable or non-existent shall be treated as an urgent
repair. (Notify executive director)
No nice to have things

HOUSE LEVELING
No foundation repairs
No chimney repairs
No brickwork

SIDEWALKS OR DRIVEWAY
No sidewalks or Driveways, unless for safety reasons such as disability (homeowner in a wheelchair or using a cane)

CARPENTRY
No major structural work, like adding a wall or adding a carport Carports: attached to house, can be repaired, painted or re-roofed Carports: detached from house, no repairs or painting. Work limited to tearing down and/or removal of debris
Garage door installation: Only at homeowner's expense and skill of volunteers.

FLOOR COVERING
Tile - replacement only if existing is chipped, cracked and poses a tripping hazard.
Do not replace if homeowner is tired of color, or just old. Carpet - Only installed if we receive donated carpet, no stretching; can be installed if homeowner has carpet

ASBESTOS
Siding - Do not remove; can be painted. Damaged or missing can be replaced (do not cut with saw: CinA has tile cutter) Floor tile - Okay to remove, dispose in plastic bags, do not pulverize.

APPLIANCES
Central heating/Air conditioning - do not make any adjustment to unit Need of Air Conditioner - Board decision Need of Heating - Board decision
Need of stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, etc. - Referral to another agency

GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS
Installation only if absence thereof presents a safety hazard

HOUSEKEEPING
Gross lack thereof may prevent Christmas in Action from working on project
Christmas in April is not in the housecleaning business If house is in deplorable state and requires cleaning before project can be completed,
Inform homeowner to clean and we will reevaluate in two weeks. Otherwise, project will be rejected.

PAINTING
Houses will not be painted just to change the color Only house color will be WHITE, with selection of 5 trim colors
Detached garages/carports will not be painted ROOFS
Contract out, if possible. (See contracting procedures) Replacement only for deteriorated or leaky roofs Replacement not for color change only
Will only be replaced with WHITE Shingles Roof will not be replaced by volunteers on houses that exceed 6/12 pitch (as per gauge) Need permit from city

If unsure about anything refer uncertainty to executive director, for board review and decision