Home Repair Service for Senior and Disabled Homeowners

Since 1977, the Chore Volunteer Handyman Service of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County has been helping the increasing numbers of elderly and/or disabled people in Bergen County remain safe in their own homes by performing minor household repairs.

The Chore Service provides a crew of dedicated volunteers who perform these minor repairs, thereby avoiding costly and often unwanted institutionalization of the clients. Chore volunteers, most of whom are retirees themselves, perform household repairs that clients can neither perform themselves nor, often, find anyone else to do for them. Chore provides service without charge; the only cost to the client is for parts necessary to complete the repair. Chore’s services include installing grab bars and railings, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors; repairing leaky faucets or toilets, replacing broken door locks, installing weather-stripping, changing screens and storms, replacing light bulbs, fixing broken lamps and switches, installing simple electrical fixtures or replacing existing electric outlets and switches.

There are some jobs that are beyond Chore’s capacity. Chore cannot service emergencies, and does not do outdoor work, painting, work requiring high ladders, tiling, door or window replacements, heavy lifting, new wiring or appliance repairs, nor cosmetic repairs or interior decorating.

Chore operates three vans, each with a crew of 2 to 4 people, that are on the road every business day year round. Chore serves Bergen County homeowners who are at least age sixty (60), or physically disabled homeowners over 21. Services can be provided to apartment dwellers as long as the repairs are limited to personal items only and the task is not one that should be provided by the landlord.

Each year, Chore serves over 2,000 clients and completes over 4,000 repairs, and logs in over 10,000 hours of service. The Chore Service assists in improving the quality of life of older people who are living independently. It is staffed by primarily senior volunteers, many of whom have been with the organization for over ten years. It provides a meaningful volunteer opportunity for people to share their skills by helping their neighbors. It is a model program throughout the state and the country and provides a vital service to the local community.</