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?”
The pilot, funded by a NeighborWorks America Project Reinvest: Neighborhoods grant, will consist of three courses in Rutland County over the next 12 months. NeighborWorks of Western Vermont is partnering with BROC Community Action to offer the classroom space and referrals – although it looks like referrals won’t be necessary. The first class was added to Facebook as an event and within 48 hours, the ten $25 seats were filled. A waitlist is currently being cultivated (email Shannon at [email protected] to join).
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!
To reserve your spot, please visit https://nwwvt.neighborworkscompass.org/trainingcenter.
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 ($25) for the We Can Fix It course.
OUR SUMMER SESSION IS UNDERWAY.
To join the waitlist for the fall session (date TBA), please email Shannon at [email protected] with the subject “Waitlist for We Can Fix It.”
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.