Transform Week

Transform a home. Transform a life.

Make a big impact on a Cedar Rapids neighborhood during Transform Week. This annual event brings together community volunteers to complete projects that make our neighborhoods safer, healthier, and more uplifted.

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6th Annual Transform Dates:
June 21-25, 2021

During Transform Week, volunteers help homeowners in the Taylor and Time Check neighborhoods with home repair and maintenance projects that they aren’t able to complete on their own. This year, we will also be working on derecho-damaged homes. Grants, donations and sponsorships allow Matthew 25 to do these home repairs at no cost to the homeowners.

Our volunteers help with a variety of projects, such as:

  • Painting or siding the outside of a home
  • Window and door replacement
  • Light construction
  • Cleaning debris from a home
  • Fixing plumbing or other repairs
  • Porch Repair or carpentry work
  • Mulching, planting or enhancing a public space
  • Tarping and smaller roof patching

 

COVID-19 Precautions

To help reduce the risks of exposure to COVID-19, we will be implementing the following precautions:

  • Masks or face coverings are required for all volunteers and homeowners.
  • Volunteers are requested to maintain social distancing of at least 6 ft.
  • Lunch will be served at the project sites.
  • Anyone who currently or within the past 14 days has experienced any symptoms associated with COVID-19 (such as fever, cough or shortness of breath) will not be allowed to volunteer.
  • Anyone who may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, or has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is not yet cleared as non-contagious by their healthcare team, will not be allowed to volunteer.

We ask that all volunteers and homeowners self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and contact Matthew 25 if you experience symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days after participating in Transform Week.

Volunteer

Work side-by-side with other volunteers in the community for a day or the entire week.

All skill levels are welcome—construction experience isn’t required. We’ll work to connect volunteers with projects that match their skill level and experience, and no one will be expected to do work that they are not comfortable with. If you do have DIY-level or higher skills, please indicate so on the volunteer registration form — this information is very helpful for us as we match people with projects and figure out how many complex projects we can take on.

We’re expecting between 300-400 volunteers throughout the week. We’ll provide tools and safety equipment for whatever task you take on. Most work days go from 8:30 – 3:30 with a break for lunch. Lunch and snacks are provided.

For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you would like to volunteer for our 6th Annual Transform Week, please complete our volunteer registration form. If you’re bringing a group of volunteers, please have each member of your team register individually so that we have a record of emergency contact info, t-shirt size, etc.

Note that all volunteers will be required to sign a liability waiver and photo release. This is separate from the registration form. You can print the waiver and bring it with you or sign it when you arrive. Anyone under age 18 will need to have their waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.

If you have any questions, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you don’t see your answer there, you can contact us at 319-362-2214 or transform@hub25.org.

Lunch Volunteers

We rely on churches and community organizations to provide lunch for our volunteers each day. If your church or community organization would like to volunteer to prepare and serve lunch on one of the days of Transform, please contact us at 319-362-2214 or transform@hub25.org.

Support

Sponsorships, grants, and donations allow us to do these home repairs at no cost to homeowners. We accept both monetary contributions as well as in-kind donations, such as building materials or snacks for our volunteers. Please contact us if your organization would like to become a sponsor or make a donation.

A special thanks to the City of Cedar Rapids and the Housing Fund for Linn County for your generous support.

Sponsors

The 2021 Transform Week is presented by Ingredion, a leading global ingredients solutions company with a location in southwest Cedar Rapids.

We very much appreciate the support of Ingredion and other sponsors who help make Transform Week possible.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor,  contact us to learn more.

Pictures

Take a look at pictures from some prior Transform Weeks:

2020 Transform

2019 Transform

2018 Transform

THANK YOU to all of the volunteers, sponsors, and donors who made this work possible! The neighbors you served are very grateful for all that has been accomplished!