2013

Rebuilding Together 2013
HHP undertook repair and renovation on two different homes for the second year in a row at the annual Rebuilding Together Day on April 27th. One of the home required extensive repairs, including installing a new deck and stairs, significant plumbing corrections and a bevy of electrical and plumbing repairs. For the other it was more a matter of minor repairs that enhanced livability or safety though, through the generosity of Morningstar Welding in Poolesville, significant improvements were made on the front stoop.
More than 35 persons volunteered, virtually all of them from the five churches that are represented on the Board of Directors of HHP, Inc. Fulfilling the well-known slogan of Rebuilding Together, both HHP crews "under-promised and over-delivered", winning the praise of both homeowners and the County RT leadership. Financial support came from all five churches, the Poolesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Monocacy Lions, Hilton Funeral Home and Fine Earth Landscaping, among others.

Obtaining IRS charitable status
On May 9th, HHP was granted 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service. Combined with incorporation under the laws of the state of Maryland in late 2012, this milestone will be very useful for the organization's long term work in the greater Poolesville area. The very complicated and time-consuming process of obtaining IRS approval was shepherded by Board Member Catherine Beliveau.

WUMCO Work Day
For the fourth consecutive year HHP undertook what has come to be called “WUMCO Work Day”, this year occurring on Saturday, October 12th. HHP volunteers first evaluated repair, upgrading and sanitary issues at the 50 year-old WUMCO headquarters. The work subsequently finished included clearing a side yard overgrown with bushes, weeds and poison ivy; replacing a 40-foot section of fascia board; hauling three loads of trash and inoperative appliances to County disposal sites; and cleaning and reorganizing the food pantry.

WUMCO is of course the 45-year-old Western Up County non-profit that provides emergency assistance to low-income individuals and families. Its services include emergency food, holiday toys, Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets and grants to help clients meet short-term crises in paying for rent, utilities and medicines.