We Can Fix It
Gain the knowledge and confidence 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 to solve common home maintenance issues.
“We Can Fix It: A Home Maintenance Course for Women,” designed by LaborWorks Onsite Project Manager Morgan Over, 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 Over, “is designed to empower women to understand and take control of the mysterious infrastructure of their living environment. Women 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.”
Over’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 women. 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 to make the course sustainable. Interested women of all ages can participate 5-part, 12.5 hour course for $60. Graduates exit the fifth class with the resources (including a copy of “Dare to Repair: A Do-It-Herself Guide to Fixing (Almost) Anything in the Household”, knowledge, and confidence to maintain their homes, plus a community of women who are there to support them and cheer them on in the “We Can Fix It” Facebook group.
New Course Offering!
You asked for it and we have delivered! We are now offering “We Can Improve It” designed for all of our “We Can Fix It” graduates. This course will go over using power tools, installing new flooring, remodeling kitchens and bathrooms, exterior siding, trim, and more! Cost: $75 for a 5-week course. Participants build upon knowledge gained in “We Can Fix It”, take a deep-dive into DIY remodeling, receive a copy of “Dare to Repair, Replace, and Renovate” and exit the course with a certificate of completion.
r.k. Miles Hosts WCFI Preview:
We will be expanding into the Manchester, Vermont area with the help of r.k. Miles. Morgan is offering an introductory session of We Can Fix It. This three and a half hour class will include: an overview of the full class, tool recognition activity, and a hands-on project. Parcipants will come away from this workshop with a knowledge of tools, a feeling of empowerment when tackling their own projects or working with a contractor, a tool gallery list, a list of local contractors, and NeighborWorks information. Participants that take this preview workshop will be eligible for a discount on the full, five-week We Can Fix It course. Cost: $25 TBA r.k. Miles Kitchen & Bath Showroom, 691 Depot Street, Manchester Center, VT.
New Bennington Course TBD!
We will be expanding into Bennington, Vermont! We are re-working and planning to offer a We Can Fix It at our Bennington office located at 136 North Street, Bennington, VT. This course will be designed as a 2-part course for $60. Graduates exit the second class with the resources (including a copy of “Dare to Repair: A Do-It-Herself Guide to Fixing (Almost) Anything in the Household”, knowledge, and confidence to maintain their homes, plus a community of women who are there to support them and cheer them on in the “We Can Fix It” Facebook group. If you are interested in this course and would like to be added to the wait-list, please email [email protected]
Register for We Can Fix It
Evening course: Tuesdays July 10, – August 7, 2018. Courses will take place from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM at 290 Marble Street, West Rutland.
We Can Improve It (NEW course for We Can Fix It graduates who want a deeper dive into home maintenance): Mondays May 7, – June 4, 2018. Courses will take place from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM at 290 Marble Street, West Rutland. Summer course TBA!
r.k. Miles Preview: Saturday, June 16th. Course will take place from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM at r.k. Miles Kitchen & Bath Showroom, 691 Depot Street, Manchester Center, VT.
We Can Fix It BENNINGTON LOCATION (NEW 2-part 8-hour hands on demo course at our Bennington Office): Courses will take place from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at 136 North St., Bennington, VT. Next course: TBA
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.
“Having finally found a moment to breathe between all of my fix it projects, I just want to give a huge shout out to Morgan, her We Can Fix It class and the transformative results it has garnered. I say with pride and accomplishment: all traps cleaned, fuse box located and labelled, no more dripping shower head, furnace filter located and cleaned off, hot water heater located and main water shut off valve located. Sometimes just knowing where everything is, is the end in and of itself! Thank you Morgan for teaching, modeling, transforming and EMPOWERING!”
– Katie McMurray, Rutland
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
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 Over.