How You Can Serve
New Directions Repair Affair is the only program offering free home repair assistance to low-income elderly and disabled homeowners across Louisville and Clark and Floyd Counties in Southern Indiana. Volunteers often say that the program offers maximum flexibility combined with immediate and tangible results.
Over the first 24 years of Repair Affair we have seen over 30,000 volunteers work more than 300,000 hours to repair 3,000 homes. Many teams return year after year to help their neighbors in need. And getting involved is so simple.
New Directions Repair Affair hosts annual Event Days on June 8th in Southern Indiana and June 15th in Louisville. Approximately 25% of volunteer teams complete a repair project on one of two Event Days. Teams meet at the Breakfast of Champions to enjoy a quick breakfast, sign-in and get an Event Day t-shirt. This festive gathering is a time to meet other volunteer teams, and see the diversity of Repair Affair's great volunteers. On Event Day, homes have been selected, supplies have been purchased and teams are gathered to deploy and serve homeowners.
We are not yet able to reach all the homeowners who need help, but we seek to involve new teams of volunteers each year to expand our reach into the community in assisting homeowners. We make it as easy as possible to serve your community, all we ask is that you sign-up and show up.
Download the Repair Affair team leader registration packet to begin serving your community.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there an age limit to volunteer with repairs?
At least 13 with adult supervision. For our youth teams we require to be one adult for every 8 children under 18.
When and how long can my team work?
Repair Affair can accommodate any time and day for a team. Some teams work for a little as 3 hours, while others work for multiple days.
Do I need to bring any tools or supplies?
Repair Affair will provide all the tools you need. Many skilled teams purchase their own materials and tools. Always consult with the Repair Affair Coordinator to see how your team can be best equipped for your volunteer day.
What should my team do about garbage and yard waste?
In most cases, simply leaving the garbage in cans, and yard waste in paper bags will suffice. If you think your job will produce a large amount of trash, then we suggest coordinating with the Repair Affair Coordinator who can order a dumpster or figure out a way to get the trash to a dumpster.