2012 Vol 1This Year’s event day is Saturday, October 14th, 2023.  On average, over 4,000 volunteers fan out into the community every year often working side-by-side with the homeowners to make a difference…to raise their standard of living and bring pride back to them and their neighborhood. Volunteers from businesses, churches, plumbers, electricians,  and others from across the metropolitan area contribute hundreds of man-hours helping to restore and renovate approximately 300 homes every year. Exhausted yet exhilarated by the results of helping neighbors in need, everyone realizes the tangible impact that has been made.

The need is great; the emotional team-building and personal rewards are enormous. Why not help us make an even greater impact?

Anyone with any skill level can volunteer!

Service opportunities are available year around and any day you want to work that the homeowner is available.  Groups consist of a House Captain (HC) that is the group leader and coordinator.  A construction leader ( can be the HC) and a team of 5-20 volunteers.  Most projects are completed in one day and other teams may plan several trips to do the work they have chosen to do on their house.  Timing is dependent on the skills, number of volunteers and the size of the job you select.

CIO spends much of the year gathering applications from homeowners and qualifying them for the program.  The HC can scan the database of applications for homeowners and work requests that meet their timing and skills.  The HC then contacts the homeowner to arrange a meeting where they decide if they can do the work, what specific work will be done ( it does not need to be everything that the homeowner has requested) and when they will do it.

Anyone can be involved as a volunteer regardless of their background.  We do recommend that only people over 18 be allowed to use power tools or be on ladders.

  • Skilled roles will depend on the work that you decide to do but can include:
    Carpentry, light plumbing / electrical, tile, concrete repair and work with power tools
  • Unskilled work can include:
    Yard work, painting, cleaning, providing meals to volunteers, insulating, caulking and window repair
  • There can also be a need for people with heavy equipment like:
    Pickup trucks, trailers, large equipment (Bobcat), professional power tools etc.

What you can do to help:

  • Organize a group of volunteers within your organization to spend a day helping improve the living conditions of the elderly and disabled.
  • Make a monetary contribution – any time throughout the year to help us purchase needed materials and equipment.
  • Gather a team of your friends and family and join us in October…what better way to spend a day together!
  • Give your time and talent back to the community through your painting, electrical, carpentry and other skills…and gain greater exposure for your organization.
  • Donate supplies such as construction materials, equipment, and more to help us keep expenses in check.
  • Partner with us to increase the awareness of the services we offer, giving those in your organization a stronger sense of community and a spirit of volunteerism.

If organizing a group of volunteers to spend a day improving the living conditions of the elderly, disabled, and veterans sounds like something you would be interested in, then join us in giving back. To learn more about being a part of the Christmas in October’s Adopt-a-House program just send an email to info@christmasinoctober.org or call us at 816-531-6443.

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