is there a way to remove the dark overlay on some of the widgets but not all?

Hi @Ashley,

Yes, here is the steps:

  1. Set the section ID. Go to customize > widget > page home page > choose your widget and expand the style tab > add a name to the Section ID.
  2. Assume you’ve set the section ID to “home-service”. If you are using the latest version of wordpress, then go to customize > Additional CSS > add the CSS code below:
section#home-service .row-overlay {
    background-color: transparent;

But if you are still using the old version of wordpress, you can add the CSS code in above using Custom CSS plugin.