More than 100 AmeriCorps members to serve the Monroe neighborhood with Rebuilding Together
Submitted by Rebuilding Together, Inc.
In honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, 100 AmeriCorps members serving with Rebuilding Together – a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing – and Volunteer Louisiana will perform free critical home repair services for low-income homeowners in the Monroe neighborhood of Lafayette, Louisiana.
The event is being hosted by Rebuilding Together Acadiana – an affiliate of Rebuilding Together that repairs and renovates the homes of low-income older homeowners, military veterans and individuals with disabilities in the greater Acadiana community. Since 1998, Rebuilding Together Acadiana has renovated and modified more than 900 Acadiana homes with a market value of more than $15 million in repairs.
This is the fifth year that Rebuilding Together Acadiana has hosted this project on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Rebuilding Together AmeriCorps members and volunteers, serving a collective 3,000 hours, will repair six homes for residents of Monroe. In addition, AmeriCorps members will assist Bridge Ministries – a community organization empowering lives through spiritual transformation, education and neighborhood revitalization – with repairs to their local community space in Monroe.
“This working class neighborhood has struggled with change over the last couple of decades,” said Jodee Ware, executive director of Rebuilding Together Acadiana. “With recent community calls to action and developments within the area, Rebuilding Together Acadiana is proud to partner with the Monroe community to stabilize the housing conditions for the long-time residents so that they can stay safely in their homes and realize the benefits of an improving neighborhood.”
Rebuilding Together AmeriCorps is a National*Direct AmeriCorps program with 75 members serving at 35 local affiliates. Rebuilding Together AmeriCorps members build the capacity of grassroots Rebuilding Together programs so that they become sustainable, effective and efficient in helping additional low-income homeowners in need. As developing housing preservation leaders, these AmeriCorps members serve essential roles in building the capacity of their host sites in areas such as recruiting and managing volunteers, performing direct home repairs, building community partnerships, and creating new programs.
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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