Chore was established in 1977 to provide skilled volunteers to perform minor home repairs to keep Bergen County senior and disabled homeowners safe in their own homes. There is no charge for the service; recipients only pay for the parts necessary in the repairs. To be eligible for Chore Service, a person must be age 60 and older, or permanently disabled, and own a home in Bergen County. There is no income requirement. Renters may receive service for installation of grab bars, railings or hand held showers with land lord's permission. All other repairs for renters are the land lord's responsibility.
Typical repairs include: replacing existing outlets and switches; repairing leaky faucets or toilets; handing screens and storm windows, installing small air conditioners, installing grab bars and railings; installing weatherstripping, installing door locks, etc. The Chore volunteers are themselves senior citizens and are not licensed contractors. Therefore there are some jobs that cannot be done. 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. Chore does not perform cosmetic repairs or provide interior decorating services.
Volunteers who have handyman skills are always needed. Call 201-489-7790 for more information on becoming a Chore Volunteer.