When Mark and Kenda Mullert started Black Mountain Handyman in 2018, they became aware of an unmet need in the Swannanoa Valley. Many residents were living in homes that were unsafe, but they lacked the resources to pay for needed repairs.
Before the holidays in 2019, they launched a Facebook promotion that invited people to nominate folks who needed help with home repairs. More than 60 names were submitted. Black Mountain Handyman made as many repairs free of charge as they could, but they soon realized that something more was needed. That realization led to the birth of the Black Mountain Love Project, a new nonprofit organization with the mission to make homes livable and safe.
According to their newly-launched website, Black Mountain Love will focus on essential repairs, such as water damage, unsafe electrical systems, non-functional or leaky plumbing, nonfunctional or compromised heating systems, leaking roofs, insulation, and accessibility issues.
Black Mountain Love hopes to eventually grow into a vibrant consortium of partners, donors and volunteers, all working together to address the needs of the community. Their immediate focus is on building awareness of the organization, fundraising to help pay for the cost of home repair materials, and forming partnerships with local tradespeople, building supply companies, churches and more. They’re also seeking folks who might be interested in serving on the organization’s Advisory Board.
If you’d like to support Black Mountain Love with a donation, or learn about other ways you can help, please visit blackmountainloveproject.com. You can also find Black Mountain Love on Facebook.
Pictured above is Mark Mullert of Black Mountain Handyman, who’s working with a team to establish The Black Mountain Love Project. Photo courtesy of Black Mountain Handyman.