Community One is a non-profit Community Development Corporation (CDC) in the Evansville, Indiana region. Our mission is to create and maintain sustainable, low-income housing in our community by focusing resources on repair, weatherization and rehab projects that restore decent, affordable housing in under-served neighborhoods.
The Housing Challenge
Safe, decent, affordable housing is in short supply in many areas of our community. Decades of neglect have blighted many corners of our city and too many people are living in rented, substandard housing. Strategies for restoring housing include the repair and weatherization of owner-occupied homes and the rehab of dilapidated and abandoned housing stock.
Aging, disabled and single-parent homeowners often need help with routine repairs and maintenance to keep their homes in good condition. Over time, simple repairs performed by volunteers greatly increase the quality and durability of homes and inspire well-maintained neighborhoods.
Heating and cooling older homes that lack adequate insulation or effective weather sealing can strain modest budgets. In these homes, simple weatherization steps can pay homeowners every month in saved utility costs.
Rehab / Renovation
While some housing organizations are doing great work in the construction of new affordable housing in our community, not all of the substandard houses in our neighborhoods can or need to be razed and replaced with new housing. When savable housing stock becomes available, we will acquire and restore the housing with donated materials and volunteer labor. And through our network of community partners, restored housing will be available at an affordable purchase price to families and individuals who want to invest in our neighborhoods through homeownership. This work is complimentary to the construction of new housing and contributes to a comprehensive approach to restoring neglected neighborhoods.
Restoring Community Together
We are at our very best when we work together, and we all have a role to play in restoring our community. This work directly benefits individuals and families, it's good for the community and it's the right thing to do.
Experience shows that neighborhood revitalization is a large-scale undertaking that requires the collaboration of many different people and organizations working together, including:
- Neighborhood associations
- Churches & ministries
- Businesses & the private sector
- Local government
- Housing-focused organizations
- Advocacy groups
- Civic groups
- Community volunteers
Using this project-based website, Community One seeks to bring these volunteers together from all across our community to accomplish the important work of housing repair and restoration.
Using This Website to Serve
This website is the project coordination hub of our work. We invite homeowners in genuine need to seek assistance with housing repairs from their neighbors, and we invite community residents and organizations to join volunteer project teams to provide assistance to neighbors with these needs.
To get started, all visitors to the site should go to the Volunteer page and register with a Basic, Volunteer or Coach account based on how you will use the site. Accounts are free of charge.
Once a project has been posted to the site, Coaches evaluate and select projects they wish to coordinate. A project must be selected (coordinated) by a Coach to be open to Volunteers.
Once a project is selected for coordination by a Coach, Volunteers can sign up to help with the project and, if they so desire, may also donate funding, tools or materials to the effort.
The Coach and the Volunteers then meet at the project location at the scheduled time and complete the project.
The Role of Faith in Our Work
The inspiration for the work of Community One flows out of the heart of the Christian faith's mandate to love our neighbors. Our calling to be compassionate, justice-seeking and servant-minded people compels us to act on the poor condition of our neighborhoods and the low-income housing deficit in our community.
We are connected to our community for common good, and connected to our faith for higher purpose. While we see spiritual transformation as the ultimate salvation of people, we also see the physical transformation of our community to be a necessary and just pursuit. Therefore, we include and serve all people.
Community One does not to discriminate in housing or services directly or indirectly on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, familial status, or disability. Everyone is welcome to serve and be served.