NMU students offering free home improvement work this fall

Anyone who owns a home knows how expensive an improvement project can be, but someone in the U.P. will have a project done for free in the coming months.

The Northern Michigan University Volunteer Center is again partnering with Wells Fargo to offer a service project, paid for by a grant. One person will win free home improvement work that will be done this fall by NMU student volunteers and Wells Fargo employees.

“We start as soon as we get the funding okayed from Wells Fargo,” NMU Center for Student Enrichment graduate assistanst Sara Pingel said. “We’ll start setting up dates around the end of August, early September, and we usually have a couple of work days a week until the project’s done.”

Veterans and seniors will be given preference. There are also two requirements. The winner must have a low to moderate income, and own a home that needs a small to medium-sized project.

“So, some kind of porch repair, painting a house, anything like (that),” Pingel said. “Inside or outside, any way we can help. Maybe you know someone but you don’t think they’ll come in and fill out the application. We’d love to get in contact with them as well.”

Applications are due on Friday, August 8th. They’re available at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, the NMU Volunteer Center and online. You can download a copy of the application by clicking here.