People Working Cooperatively, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: 4612 Paddock Rd Cincinnati OH 45229 USA

Mission: Since 1975, People Working Cooperatively''s mission has been to perform essential repairs and services so that low-income homeowners can remain in their homes in a safe, secure environment. We are proud that our services help to protect the housing community in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas, ensuring that at-risk homeowners can remain in their homes and live independently in a safe, sound environment.
Programs: PWC provides opportunities for members of the community to chip in and help us help the at risk community that we serve. We have 2 major volunteer events, Repair Affair and Prepare Affair; Second Chance Saturdays where school and business groups can come out to help with repairs, and we have retired individuals that help us year round. Provides energy conservation services and education as to how to conserve energy.Provides esential home repairs to low-income homeowners. Repairs include plumbing, carpentry, roofing, electrical, and home modification services. No cosmetic work is provided.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been working with PWC for three years now, and I've been impressed about how organized and well set up everything is. We are always able to help people in need, and there is a great diversity with the jobs you can help with. This service organization has been a wonderful benefit to the city of Cincinnati and I hope it will continue in its mission of aiding others.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a regular (once a week) volunteer for PWC and know from this work that they provide very valuable service to poor elderly and disabled people who cannot afford to maintain their homes.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been working with PWC for 3 years on their "Repair Affair". This one day effort makes a huge difference in people lives. The low income elderly appreciate the improvements that can be made for them in just 1 day. Their smile at the completion of the project, is the best part of the day.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

PWC is a local organization dedicated to providing home maintenance, repairs and Modifications for Mobility to low income, disabled or elderly home owners ~ keeping these individuals safe and warm in their homes or providing the freedom to leave without assistance. Without PWC's services, those most in need might have to choose between making those repairs and other critical needs such as medication, food, clothing or utilities ~ or more likely, simply go without.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

For the last 2 years, I have volunteered in the Spring for Repair Affair ~ and on both occasions, I helped build a ramp for an individual to be able to leave his or her home freely. In the span of 6 hours, I helped change someone's life...allowing them to leave their home of their own will. Each time I have volunteered for this event, I have left in tears ~ and grateful for the opportunity to make an immediate impact in someone's life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

MORE volunteers!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I made new life long and life changing friends volunteering with PWC. Oh, and I learned how to use power tools....

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

PWC serves the area by providing services designed to keep homeowners who have difficultly keeping their homes maintainted in those homes. In addition to general maintenance activities such as leaf raking and gutter cleaning, PWC provides modifications to homes so that disabled homeowners/families can continue to live in their own homes.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The fulfullment that comes from having helped others.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase awareness and help draw more volunteers to the organization. There are always more homeowners to be served than can be handled.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

New friends, greater spirit of volunteerism.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Wonderful!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

PWC helps keep disabled and elderly homeowners in their homes by providing critical repairs, mobility and other services. I have been a volunteer for 13 years and the relationships I have formed with their clients and staff are life changing. Being able to help a person have a safe and secure home, or giving a person the ability to get out of their home by providing a wheel chair ramp is very rewarding. Our clients appreciate our work and I have been able to bring many returning volunteers to help with PWC because they love how much their work makes a difference in the lives of the PWC client. Prepare Affair helps the clients get prepared for winter is a huge help to those who have limited strength and mobility. Repair Affair fixes many things like plumbing, roofing and other critical home repairs. Oscar night is a fundraiser that anyone can participate in to raise money for these day to day efforts. People Working Cooperatively is a wonderful non profit and the BEST!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the effects of the work PWC does on the clients and it is life changing. To see a person otherwise stuck in their home, but then able to get out into the world because PWC installed a wheelchair ramp is a tremendous honor. The relationships formed with the client are rewarding.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Bring on more volunteers to help more and more clients.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with PWC for many years. I have seen the help that they provide to people who have had changes in their mobility. PWC's staff provides a personal consultation and truely gets invovled with the client's life to make improvements. The staff is very dedicateed, working extra hours on week nights and weekends. They care about the clients they serve and seek to provide help to the clients with more than just mobility issues. The volunteers I have worked with share this concern and dedication for the clients. I have talked with people that we have installed a ramp for and they were thrilled at being able to get outside to see the rest of the property. They loved how the ramp looked with the house and used the ramp immediately to go to a doctoer appointment.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have not used the services of this organization, but have seen how they have postively affected clients lives. This can be seen by the joy in the clients faces and the many thank you letters from client that PWC recieves.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I could change this organization, I would seek to expand its reach. I would like to see this model of help and support pushed to a larger area.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with PWC for 14 years on a variety of of projects. The full time employees work well together as a team and are encouraging to the part time volunteers. No compensation for a volunteer is greater than the words from the homeowner "I could not stay in my home if it were not for the people at PWC." This is a great organization committed to preserving the dignity of older and physically challenged persons and the constitution of the neighborhood. Thanks PWC.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the many volunteer experiences for neighbors in need of assistance.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

wish for more funding for the volunteer programs to help more people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

People Working Cooperatively is a well-established organization with a proven track record of helping at-risk people in our community. My husband & I have financially contributed to the organization for many years and volunteered with his family at Prepare Affiar and Repair Affair. The Modifications for Mobility Program is a wonderful example of how PWC provides complicated home modification projects - wheelchair ramps, bathroom modifications, grab bars, etc - that are typically too expensive for the low-income, disable clients. This program is changing the lives of the recipents. One example is a Middletown family who has an eight year-old boy with cerebal palsy. Before PWC, the boy's family had to navigate getting him in and out of the house in his wheelchair as well as us the stairs. Beacuse of PWC, the family received an aluminum ramp and a first floor accessible bathroom and bedroom. The impact this has made on the family has been incredible.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

talking with clients who have received the support as well as talking with employees who work for the organziaton and volunteer at the events - they are as passionate about volunteering their time to the clients they serve.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help spread the word further to friends and family and the community about how PWC is helping people from all walks of life stay safely in their homes. PWC already does a good job of this but personally I would like my friends and family to help more than they do.

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Rating: 5 stars  

PWC is an organization that combines the best of volunteer support, professional skilled experts and passionate passionate leaders to provide services to those in our community that need help to stay in their homes. I have been involved with my family on many events with PWC and the joy and satisfaction we have witnessed from those that we have helped always makes these days the best anyone could want to experience. Even simple tasks like raking leaves makes a home owner who can no longer do this work, regain pride and self respect. And the bonus!!! You feel better.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find enough money to build ramps and install grab bars for every qualified individual that needs these services.

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