CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—A family with mobility challenges can now maneuver more easily around their Charlottesville, Va., home, thanks to employees of Tiger Fuel and a local nonprofit agency, reports nbc29.com.
Last week, the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP) and volunteers from Tiger Fuel spent a day rebuilding ramps at the family’s home. This is just one of many free renovations the two organizations have completed over the past three years.
“I’ve been so thrilled and excited about what is being done here,” said Dare Payne, the homeowner whose outside deck collapsed last month. That’s when AHIP and Tiger Fuel stepped in to help.
“We’ve been lucky to partner with them, and Charlottesville and Albemarle are really lucky to have AHIP looking out for our residents,” said Taylor Sutton, COO, Tiger Fuel. “It’s a really strong partnership that we hope to continue for a very long time.”
Since 2018, Tiger Fuel employees have been summer volunteers, helping to build decks and paint and stain homes for residents in need.
“Last year, the in-kind partnership and services that they donated to us was [valued at] almost $10,000, and this year to date we are at $5,000,” said Ashley Patel, director of development, AHIP, adding that the volunteers are necessary to help us continue providing free services.
“We are in desperate need of emergency repair funds, so when we receive these in-kind services, [it] really helps us to be able to allocate those funds to other clients that are in need,” Patel said.
Tiger Fuel and The Markets are known for their efforts to support their communities. Last week, Tiger Fuels Markets announced the launch of a “round-up” campaign to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Blue Ridge.