We Can Fix It:
A Home Maintenance Course for Women.
Gain the knowledge and tools (literally!) to fix common household issues.
As part of a comprehensive community revitalization strategy, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont is piloting an educational program aimed at empowering women with the skills and tools (literally) to solve common home maintenance issues.
“We Can Fix It: A Home Maintenance Course for Women,” designed by LaborWorks Onsite Project Manager Morgan Overable, is a hands-on, deep-dive into the household structures and mechanisms that frequently drive renters and homeowners to their wits ends.
“This course,” says Morgan Overable, “is designed to empower women to understand and take control of the mysterious infrastructure of their living environment. Female head-of-households will develop an understanding of how their homes function and a working knowledge of the tools that every homeowner or renter should have on hand in case of something unexpected.”
Overable’s been playing with tools since she was a toddler and working professionally in the trades for 20 years. She first conceptualized this course when she attended a Homebuyer Education Class and thought, as she looked around the room at other female heads-of-households similar to herself, “what about life after closing?”
This is a beginner level course that is open to all female renters and homeowners. No previous knowledge of home maintenance is needed. Please come prepared with your personal home trouble-shooting stories!
New Pricing Structure to Make “We Can Fix It” a Permanent Offering!
To fuel “We Can Fix It” forward from its pilot phase, we’ve changed the price structure considerably – but we think it’s still an incredible deal. You’ll walk away with the tools, knowledge, and confidence to maintain your home, plus a community of women who are there to support you and cheer you on in our Facebook Group. We surveyed the graduates of the last two courses and they responded that after taking the course, they’d be willing to pay far more than we are now charging. It’s a decent chunk of cash, we understand, but we believe the value of “We Can Fix It” far exceeds $99.
After receiving feedback, we’ve decided to offer two sign-up options: one that includes a toolbox and one without a toolbox for those of you who already have tools at home. For those of you who choose the “NO TOOLBOX INCLUDED” option, we’ll have classroom tools for you to use during class time.
• INCLUDES TOOLBOX: $99. This course is for women who don’t have tools laying around the house. You’ll receive a custom We Can Fix It toolbox with $150 worth of tools that you can use in class and then take home.
• NO TOOLBOX INCLUDED: $50. This course is for women who may already have tools at home. You will have access to tools during class time.
• SCHOLARSHIP option: If $50 is out of your budget, please send [email protected] an email with the subject line “We Can Fix It Scholarship” and a brief message detailing why you want to take the course. We reserve the right to award/deny scholarships. The rate for scholarship attendees is $25 with a toolbox. No more than 2 scholarships will be awarded per class.
Register for We Can Fix It
Mid-day course: Mondays January 8 – February 5, 2018. Courses will take place from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM at 290 Marble Street, West Rutland.
Evening course: Tuesdays January 9 – February 6, 2018. Courses will take place from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM at 290 Marble Street, West Rutland.
IMPORTANT: You’ll be prompted to create a “Compass” account when you click to reserve your spot. Create an account and answer the questions, as irrelevant as they may seem (we usually use this system for Homebuyer Education), and then you’ll be able to login, go to the “Training Center” tab, and register and pay for the We Can Fix It course. We are now offering We Can Fix It classes with the toolbox optional – please look for “TOOLBOX INCLUDED” or “NO TOOLBOX INCLUDED” when registering.
We Can Fix It will cover:
Tool education and vocabulary
- Tool recognition
- What every home should have
- Wielding them appropriately
Plumbing and water system
- What is my water source
- Public vs private sewer systems
- Drains, clogs and faucets
- Electrical panels and fuse boxes
- Switches and outlets
- Lamps and fixtures
General home safety
- Smoke detectors and fire safety
- Safety measures
This course is a pilot course. In order to secure funding that will allow us to continue offering this course, we will be asking all participants to take pre- and post-class surveys, to sign release forms that allow us to photograph and film them, and following up with participants after a year.
With any questions, please email the course educator, Morgan Overable.