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People Working Cooperatively, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Home Improvement & Repairs, Homeless & Housing

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.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 1

They use toxic materials such as spray foam without having the residence vacate the house. Cut corners on lead containment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Jim A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

People Working Cooperatively provides home repair services to those who do not have the resources to maintain their homes. From a volunteer standpoint the focus is on the disabled and elderly. PWC follows a "whole house" model. The professional craftsman do the major jobs which can involve roofs, plumbing, electrical , energy conservation and major mobility upgrades. Field Service volunteers do the minor repair work or, said differently, do the repairs/upgrades that make life a little more comfortable for the clients

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with PWC for over 5 years now and remain impressed with the good they do for our community. There is a bit of a misconception that PWC is a volunteer only organization due to the army of dedicated volunteers that help but I've come to know many of the equally dedicated professionals that work for PWC everyday. The care and compassion that they show to their clients is something that many for-profit enterprises could learn from. This "construction company" is doing wonderful things for our neighbors and is helping to keep them happy and safe in their own homes.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with PWC as a committee member, volunteer, and Board member for about 4 years. PWC's business model ensures dollars are used effectively to deliver the maximum value and impact. Their quest for continuous improvement in service delivery has resulted in use of a new ramp system as an option to wood ramp installations ... the ramps are easy to assembly, can be done quicker than building a traditional wood ramp, offer flexible design options, and can be re-assigned when the homeowner no longer requires the ramp. I found the system easy to work with and quick to learn. The PWC personnel delivering service in client's homes have been trained to assess the "full house" and their attention to the big picture enables them to make smart decisions about the best way to maintain the client's home and keeps them alert to unstated client needs. During field visits I've seen the respect and concern PWC employees show our clients.

Jamess R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for People Working Cooperatively (PWC) for about 8 years. Early in my volunteer work it became apparent that many of our clients have mobility issues, due either to age or previous medical conditions. PWC provided early training to us to look proactively for issues such as the need for handrails, grab bars in tubs, and trip hazards. Clients are sometime not even aware of the fact that they are living with a potential issue. We have encountered and fixed such issues as missing or weak steps into basements, no handrails into basements or to upstairs bedrooms, baths with weak or missing grab bars, the need for grab bars around toilets, and exterior steps that are broken, or need a handrail. We have also been involved in installing ramps for wheel chair access. In one case, we renovated a house to make it fully ADA compliant. This included widening doorways changing the bathroom design, eliminating some interior walls, etc. PWC also does a very good job of supporting its volunteers. In addition to providing all materials, we have easy access to the professional tradesmen in the event that we need technical support.