Over 1,800 home repair projects to be completed by nearly 50,000 volunteers across the country
Submitted by Rebuilding Together, Inc.
Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit with a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person, announced today that April 2015 marks its fifth annual National Rebuilding Month. National Rebuilding Month is a nationwide call to provide safe and healthy homes for low-income homeowners and families across the country during the month of April punctuated with the annual National Rebuilding Day on April 25. Nearly 50,000 expected volunteers will serve at more than 1,800 affiliate-led rebuild projects on National Rebuilding Day.
“Through the work of our Rebuilding Together affiliates, we are able to see real and positive change in the homes and lives in the communities we serve,” said Sandra Henriquez, interim President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “National Rebuilding Month unites community members and funding partners around the goal of preserving and maintaining the homes of homeowners in need.”
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are 5.2 million homeowners who live in deteriorating, physically inadequate homes that threaten their wellbeing. Therefore, the demand for Rebuilding Together’s services continues to grow as limited income homeowners, faced with diminishing resources, must choose food and medicine over critical home repairs — choices that, over time, lead to crumbling foundations, dangerously sagging roofs, and windows and doors that can’t be secured for their own safety.
National Rebuilding Month’s origin began in 1973 in Midland, Texas with the simple act of neighbors helping neighbors to rebuild their homes. Realizing the growing need — homes in disrepair and homeowners not able to afford the critical repairs — a small group of people volunteered their time and skills to rehabilitate the homes of their neighbors. This group became the founders of Rebuilding Together, which they called Christmas in April to represent the spirit of giving during their month of service each year in April. Eventually, its mission spread beyond the idea of providing service one month per year to bringing together partners from all walks of life to help their neighbors year-round. In 1988, Rebuilding Together opened its national headquarters in the District of Columbia.
To learn more about National Rebuilding Month, visit rebuildingtogether.org/nrm.
About Rebuilding Together:
Rebuilding Together strengthens the lives of people in our most vulnerable communities by providing low-income homeowners with critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-efficient upgrades. Rebuilding Together’s local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects each year. As we rebuild homes, community spaces and nonprofit facilities, our lasting impact helps to stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods across the country. We believe that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. Learn more and get involved at RebuildingTogether.org.
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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