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Restoring Pride.

Who We Are

People Working Cooperatively is a unique non-profit organization serving low-income, elderly, and disabled home owners. PWC strengthens communities by providing professional, critical home repairs, weatherization, modification, and maintenance services to help residents stay safely in their homes.

As we enter our 40th year, PWC has proudly performed more than 282,000 services to eligible clients, who on average earn about $13,500 a year. Typically, these individuals face significant daily challenges due to illness, disability, job loss, or other unfortunate circumstances.

PWC is supported by a robust group of more than 120 licensed, professionally trained staff members and administrative personnel. Its dedicated corps of 6,000-plus volunteers makes it one of the largest volunteer corps in the region. We like to think our whole is greater than the sum of our parts. We are living proof of the amazing things that happen when good people work together. We save homes. We restore pride.


PWC opened its doors on Valentine’s Day in 1975 with two volunteers and two Work Experience trainees. By the end of its first year, PWC provided home repairs and weatherization services for 43 households in Kenton County and the city of Cincinnati. Today, PWC has 120 employees and 6,000 volunteers annually performing home repairs, energy conservation and accessibility modifications for 6,000 households in 22 counties throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

  • 1975

    PWC opens in a garage in Kentucky. The small staff performs 43 services for low-income families in its first year.
  • 1983

    Volunteers come together to help those in need for our first Repair Affair.
  • 1984

    $110,000 is raised to repair homes for the elderly during our Adopt-A-Home campaign.
  • 1985

    We complete our 5000th home repair when we make critical updates to Katie Stiggers’ Evanston home. Katie was a single mother of seven children.
  • 1986

    PWC partners with CG&E to weatherize 1,600 area homes for free.
  • 1987

    We hold our first annual Prepare Affair to help our neighbors stay safe during the winter.
  • 1994

    We publish the “Invisible Poor Report.” Among our findings was that over 50,000 homes in our area earned less than 50% of the area median income.
  • 1998

    We host our first Oscar Night® America gala. The event raises $39,000 for PWC.
  • 2002

    We’re on the move! We officially open our Paddock Road location.
  • 2007

    We grow to 88 full-time employees.
  • 2009

    USA Today names our Oscar Night® America one of the “Top Ten Most Successful Oscar® nights in the U.S.”
  • 2010

    U.S. Dept of Energy grants us $1.5 million for the Weatherization Innovation Pilot Program. This marks the first time we are directly funded by the federal government.
  • 2012

    Our Whole Home initiative launches to help elderly residents above PWC’s income limitations stay in place.
  • 2013

    PWC merges with the Dayton Fund for Home Rehabilitation. This partnership allows PWC to expand its reach into Dayton homes
  • 2015

    PWC celebrates 40 years of saving homes and restoring pride.

40 Years of Stories

Read the stories of the donors, clients, and volunteers who have made our 40 years of service possible. Click the images below to read their stories.


People Working Cooperatively connects friends, neighbors and supporters through fun, charitable events aimed at providing consistent support of our communities. From helping neighbors in need with hands-on yard work and home repairs at Repair Affair to our annual gala, Hometown Hollywood, PWC offers a variety of ways to get involved and make a difference in other people's lives.

To learn more about our events, please click on one of the following links below:


A recent study by internationally known evaluator Cadmus of Portland, Oregon and the UC Economics Center showed that PWC's whole house service model is effective in the community. Here are some of the top results:

People Working Cooperatively

Friday, September 11, 2015
Drees Pavilion - 790 Park Lane Covington, KY 41011

Event begins at 6p.m. with program starting at 7:15 p.m. — VIP Cocktail Hour 5p.m. - 6p.m.

People Working Cooperatively (PWC) is observing its 40th Anniversary this year with a number of events to recognize this milestone in our history of providing much needed services for low-income elderly, disabled and veteran homeowners.

Individual tickets are $55 and sponsored tables of 8 are $750 or a table of 10 + VIP cocktail hour for $1500. For more information, please contact Lauren Hall at 513–482–5112 or email


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