Susan Buzby, Outreach Specialist for Project Home, enlightened us about the scope of this non-profit agency's work.
Project Home started 37 years ago as an all-volunteer group to help elderly folks with repairs needs in their homes. Now the agency primarily provides free professional weatherization to low-income homeowners in Dane and Green counties. A federal stimulus grant last summer enabled the agency to add more staff and equipment to weatherize and improve the energy efficiency of more homes - from 800 to 1400 homes are now weatherized annually for low-income and disabled households.

Susan focused on the two volunteer programs she coordinates,"Hammer with a Heart" each spring that provides major home repair for about a dozen low-income families in Dane County through the volunteer efforts of skilled leaders from the construction field, community volunteers and businesses; and "Paint-a-thon" where volunteers paint the homes of low-income homeowners in Dane County each August. We enjoyed seeing the wonderful results in Ray's house, which we painted during Paint-a-thon last August 15. Before we pitched in on the painting under Betsy Nordstrom's enthusiastic lead, Hammer with a Heart program repaired a number of critical problems and Findorff, a major partner, re-roofed Ray's house. These programs are delivering vital repair and maintenance work in our communities. We saw photos and heard stories of many such projects.

Thank you Susan for the practical valuable work you and your organization are doing. Thank you, Ann, for supplementing our Paint-a-thon experience in this way. Good luck to you both.