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BP Donates $225,000 to Rebuilding Together to Rehabilitate Hurricane-affected Houses

Published 04-03-06

Submitted by Rebuilding Together, Inc.

Washington D.C. - Low-income homeowners who have been displaced from their homes due to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will be the ultimate winners thanks to a $225,000 grant announced today by Kenny Lang, Vice President, Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Production, BP America Inc. The grant, made to Rebuilding Together, will enable the organization to purchase desperately needed materials and supplies to rehabilitate the homes of low-income homeowners along the Gulf Coast. Rebuilding Together has announced a goal of rehabilitating 1,000 houses affected by the hurricanes under the banner of Rebuild 1000!

BP America Inc. has been a long-term contributor to the organization's work. Hundreds of volunteers from BP have worked on more than 300 homes in Houston area communities over the past dozen or more years. According to Lang, "Our involvement springs from our commitment to the places we live and do business. We are invested in the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast region and want to be an active part of the rebuilding process. We're proud to support the work of Rebuilding Together and look forward to seeing more families move back into their houses. Our employees care and are looking forward to playing a role in helping many cities and towns in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi."

"Rebuilding Together is all about partnerships, bringing together diverse populations to deliver tangible transformations in our communities. We welcome this timely and important support from BP which will make a difference in hundreds of lives during this unprecedented time of natural disaster in our country." said Patricia Riley Johnson, President & CEO of Rebuilding Together.

Rebuilding Together is the nation's largest volunteer home rehabilitation organization, bringing 265,000 volunteers to homes in 1879 towns and cities across America for electrical, plumbing and roofing repairs, painting, cleaning and sprucing up. More than 8,900 low-income families and approximately 400 non-profit facilities will be warm, safe and dry in 2006 thanks to these volunteer efforts.

Rebuilding Together's mission is to preserve and revitalize homes and communities, assuring that low-income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly and disabled and families with children live in warmth, safety and independence. Energy efficiency is one of the major initiatives of the organization. Rebuilding Together is also the nation's expert in volunteer-delivered home modifications, allowing the country's growing elderly population to age in place in their own homes. For more information, visit www.rebuildingtogether.org. To join in the rebuilding campaign, visit www.rebuildingwithcountrywide.com.

BP is one of the world's largest energy companies, providing its customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, retail services and petrochemical products for everyday items. BP employs more than 100,000 worldwide and 37,000 in the U.S. BP's family of brands includes Amoco, Aral, ARCO, BP and Castrol.

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Rebuilding Together is the nation's largest non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and revitalize houses and communities to assure that low-income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly and disabled, live in warmth, safety and independence. Through 2005 Rebuilding Together has rehabilitated over 96,120 houses, utilizing 2.5 million volunteers for a market value of $905 million.

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