FAQ

What is the Bozeman Fix-Up Festival?
Founded and organized by the Bozeman Sunrise Rotary club, the Bozeman Fix-Up Festival is a project that brings together local businesses and service organizations to repair and rehabilitate the homes of low-income, elderly or disabled homeowners who are physically and financially unable to do the work alone. Fix-Up Festival began in 2010 as a pilot project. The outpouring of support has resulted in it becoming an annual event. In its first year, Fix-Up Festival repaired 6 homes through the efforts of more than 70 volunteers and the support of more than 40 sponsors. Each year since we have completed 12 home projects, with over 160 volunteers, 12 home adopting organizations, and numerous sponsors.

What repairs can be done?
We do whatever repairs and renovations are possible within the scope of a one-day work party of 6 to 8 volunteers, including carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, painting, plastering, weatherization, heavy cleaning, roofing, yard cleanup and trash removal.  Our project assessment team will select projects from eligible applicants based on our ability to handle the project with the skills, budget, and time we have available.

How are Fix-Up Festival homes selected?
Homeowners can apply directly through our web Apply page, or by mail. Applications can also be picked up at the Human Resources Development Council (HRDC) and Love INC in Bozeman. The application deadline is April 1st. We reserve the right to consider projects on a first-come, first served basis so it is best to get applications in early.

After initial eligibility screening through HRDC, homeowners will be visited by our application team and by our project assessment team to determine the scope and to determine whether the work is within our skills, financial resources, and time constraints. Final selections are approved by the Fix-Up Festival committee and homeowners will be notified by August 1st.

Who can Adopt a Home project?
Local service organizations and businesses can put together volunteer teams and adopt one or more homes. We require a donation of $500 per home project. For more information go to the Adopt page, or contact info@fixupfestival.com.

Who can Volunteer?
Although we are not set up to guarantee placement of individual volunteers at this time, we will provide lists of individual community members willing to volunteer to our Home Project Adopter organizations for consideration. To express interest in volunteering, email info@fixupfestival.com.

Who do we help?
Low income Gallatin Valley homeowners who live in their homes are eligible. Preference is given to homeowners who are elderly or disabled. Mobile and modular home projects are acceptable. Priority is given to projects that address health and safety concerns.

Why is Fix-Up Festival needed?
Maintaining a home can be physically or financially difficult for the elderly, the disabled, or anyone with limited resources, and limited social service budgets are squeezing the ability of organizations like HRDC to help. Fix-Up Festival volunteer crews hope to build community spirit and compassion while giving neighbors a helping hand during these challenging economic times.

How can I support Fix-Up Festival?
There are several ways you can support Fix-Up Festival:

  • Provide expert professional skills such as plumbing, electrical, cabinetry, or roofing.
  • Adopt a home project through your business or service organization and organize a team of volunteers.
  • Provide financial support either through a business sponsorship or through individual donations.

We offer five sponsorship levels; donations can be in the form of cash, materials, or services, or a combination. For more information on how you can best help Fix-Up Festival, visit the Sponsor page or contact info@fixupfestival.com and our sponsorship team will contact you.