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Wells Fargo announces Small Business Neighborhood Renovation Program

Rebuilding Together Baltimore is proud and excited to be working with Wells Fargo, the Baltimore Urban League and Gensler on this project!

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Young philanthropists helped raise money for RTB

Many children would ask for a toy, the latest video game, or even a bike for their birthday. What two young children did for their birthdays this year was very unique and generous. Brothers Connor (8) and Gavin (6) Hartman both have birthdays during the month of August. They wanted to forego receiving birthday presents and raise money for a local charity. They chose to raise funds for Rebuilding Together Baltimore as one of their charities. Because of their fundraising efforts, these two young men raised over $200 for RTB.

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Connor and Gavin Hartman

Rebuilding Together Baltimore would like to thank Connor and Gavin for their generosity and fundraising efforts. They both have set a great example for young people everywhere. If you are inspired by their kind acts and would like to learn more about how to raise funds for RTB for through any special occasion. Contact Bonnie Bessor at 410-889-2710 or bonnie@rtbaltimore.org

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Announcing Rebuilding Together’s target neighborhoods for 2016!

Rebuilding Together Baltimore is excited to announce that we have selected the Turner Station community as our next Baltimore County neighborhood. Turner Station is the oldest African-American community in Baltimore County.  This community is close-knit, and has a rich history. Baltimore County has targeted Turner Station for significant investment and revitalization. Rebuilding Together is proud to be part of this revitalization. To learn more about Turner Station and its history click here 

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We are also excited to announce that we will be working in the Woodbourne-McCabe neighborhood in Baltimore City for the second year in a row. We look forward to continuing to work with the Woodbourne-McCabe Neighborhood Association and great partners such as Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, York Road Partnership, Loyola University Maryland, and more. To learn more about the history of Woodbourne-McCabe click here 

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If you know anyone who lives in either Turner Station or Woodbourne-McCabe, please have them call Rebuilding Together Baltimore soon. The deadline to call us is November 15th. Our phone number is 410-889-2710. To see our outreach flyers for each neighborhood, click either link:

Woodbourne-McCabe Flyer     Turner Station Flyer

 

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Building with Erie and Medifast

In September, we worked with Erie Insurance and Medifast to provide safe and healthy housing repairs and improvements for Ms. Mary Madden and Mrs. Sedonia Byrd in the Woodbourne-McCabe neighborhood.

Our first project took place on September 10th and 11th in observance of the September 11th National Day of Service and remembrance. Volunteers from Erie Insurance, one of the largest property and casualty insurers in America, devoted their time during the two day event. Over 30 Erie employees came from all over Maryland to devote their time to give back to the community.

 

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Later in September, Rebuilding Together Baltimore worked with Medifast to help work on safe and healthy housing repairs on the home of Ms. Mary Madden. Medifast’s community impact program encourages employees to volunteer with organizations and give back into the community. In addition to working on Ms. Madden’s home, volunteers also helped finish up some projects at Ms. Byrd’s home and beautified the park between their homes. 20 wonderful Medifast volunteers came out and made a huge impact!

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We Love Our Homeowners!

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Are You Interested in Serving a Year with Rebuilding Together Baltimore?

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Rebuilding Together Baltimore is accepting applications for our AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator position.

The AmeriCorps members will serve from August 08, 2015 – June 30, 2016.

The AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator will play a critical role in building the capacity of the organization by increasing the number of our skilled trades volunteers and volunteer teams, managing new and current volunteers, and helping the organization to be more effective in community outreach.

The AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator will serve alongside our AmeriCorps Program Coordinator (the Program Coordinator position has been filled).

Both AmeriCorps members will also spend time in the field conducting volunteer outreach, communicating with potential homeowner clients, raising the visibility of Rebuilding Together Baltimore, and working at project sites.

To apply, visit our application portal on americorps.gov.

For more information about the AmeriCorps positionClick this link to view the AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator position.

The AmeriCorps members serving at Rebuilding Together Baltimore will be part of a cohort of 65 fulltime AmeriCorps members serving in 37 communities across the country as part of Rebuilding Together’s national AmeriCorps program, called CapacityCorps.

CapacityCorps members build the capacity of grassroots Rebuilding Together programs so that they may be more sustainable, effective and efficient in helping additional low-income homeowners in need.

For more information about the opportunities and experience of serving in AmeriCorps with Rebuilding Together CapacityCorps, visit the CapacityCorps website.

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Microsoft Volunteer Project – November 22, 2014

microsoftThis past Saturday, November 22nd, RTB partnered with Microsoft to work on Ms. H’s home in the Woodbourne-McCabe neighborhood of Baltimore City.

Ms. H is 73 years old. She has lived on the east side of Baltimore City her whole life and moved to the Woodbourne-McCabe neighborhood 17 years ago in 1997. She has owned her current residence for 14 years. Before she bought her house, she lived next to her sister. Ms. H’s 41 year old son currently lives with her and her sister still lives down the street. She has a daughter and 2 brothers as well. Ms. H loves living in Woodbourne-McCabe because it is a quiet and friendly neighborhood. She loves the fact that her neighborhood had a lot of children when she first moved there and now a lot of seniors live in the area since many families have raised their children there and stayed even after their children have moved out.  Before Ms. H retired she was a security guard at the Housing Authority for Baltimore City for 25 years. Now that she is retired she loves to read and do puzzles

Seventeen awesome volunteers came out from Microsoft for the project They accomplished so much including installing flooring, energy efficiency improvements, installing handrails in stairways, weatherizing doorways, installing a new toilet, adding grab bars in the shower as well as a shower seat, and other major and minor household repairs and maintenance.

Thank you to everyone from Microsoft for making this day possible and to all the other volunteers that came out that day. We love our volunteers and Ms. H is very happy with the repairs done to her home.

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“This is all such a blessing. I am truly thankful for all that you have done to my home. I thank you to the upmost!” Ms. H

 

Check out our Facebook page for more pictures from this project!

https://www.facebook.com/RebuildingTogetherBaltimore

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Announcing Our Target Neighborhoods For Rebuilding Day 2015!

We are thrilled to announce that Rebuilding Together Baltimore has selected the Woodbourne-McCabe community as our next Rebuilding Day neighborhood for Baltimore City! We will be partnering with the Woodbourne-McCabe Neighborhood Association and Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, which has been working in the neighborhood for 2 1/2 years. Woodbourne-McCabe is a small community of 378 homes, the majority of which were built in the 1920s and 30’s. Woodbourne-McCabe is part of the Greater Govans Community in North Central Baltimore City.

RTB is also excited to announce that we will be working in the North Point Village neighborhood of Baltimore County for a second year! We look forward to working with the North Point Village Civic Association again to reach out to homeowners in need and plan community beautification projects. North Point Village is a neighborhood located in Dundalk with a population of about 3,800. It is a waterfront community situated in a commercial area with town homes as well as single-family homes. The townhomes were built around 1958 and the single-family homes are much older. Over the past year we worked on 12 homes in the North Point Village community and we hope to work on even more next year!
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Meet Our Honorees

On September 19th, 2014 we celebrated RTB’s 25th anniversary! At the event we honored 25 volunteers and organizations who have helped us along the way.

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Mike Falkner has volunteered as a House Captain with RTB for over 20 years. Mike also served on our board of directors for many years, and served as Board President in the mid-90s.

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Thomas Feulner has volunteered as a House Captain with RTB for 25 years! Tom has led teams from the Catholic Alumni Club, the Baltimore Tall Club, and Friends of Tom Feulner.

Picture10Lou Kozlakowski has served as RTB’s pro bono counsel to the board for over 10 years. He also worked tirelessly as a House Captain for many years, including heading up a HUGE project when we won the HGTV contest in 2008.

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Cliff Webster served on the RTB Board of Directors for over 10 years. He also served as a volunteer House Captain for dozens of Rebuilding Day houses and other key projects when he was with Provident Bank.

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Charles Murray has volunteered as a House Captain with RTB for over 20 years.  Charlie served on our Board of Directors for many years, including serving as Board Treasurer for several years.

Picture13Kenneth Strong’s vision and creativity has been instrumental in RTB’s growth and our formation of partnerships with other public and private agencies. Ken has helped RTB to leverage over $300,000 in funding from public and private sources.

Picture14Greg Susman served on the RTB Board of  Directors for over 10 years, and as a House Captain and Home Inspector for dozens of Rebuilding Day houses. Greg launched our first website and helped RTB enter the 21st Century.

 

The Abell Foundation provided funding for RTB when we hired our first full-time Executive Director in 2004. The foundation has been a generous supporter and partner since. The Abell Foundation has been an integral supporter of our organization’s growth over the last ten years. Tracey Barbour-Gillett, a Program Officer at the foundation, served as an incredibly valuable RTB board member for several years.

Baltimore Housing has supported RTB with Community Development Block Grants since 2005. The original CDBG grant awarded was instrumental to our growth in the mid-2000s. Tom Jaudon (deceased), who worked at Baltimore Housing for many years, was one of the original founders of RT Baltimore.

The Ruckdeschel Law Firm has been a generous financial supporter of RTB for over 8 years. The firm is committed to safer and healthier homes for all people.

Construction Specifications Institute has supported RTB for over 15 years. Every year, they adopt one or more houses for Rebuilding Day. They have been generous financial contributors and have helped us to recruit countless skilled volunteers.

AmeriCorps NCCC has, for six years, been the army of people needed to help RTB get ready for, execute, and wrap up from our annual Rebuilding Day. Since 2009, we have hosted a fabulous team once a year for three weeks. They help us all stay sane during the Rebuilding Day season. We love them all, and are grateful for their service.

Paul’s Place was an invaluable RTB partner in RTB’s work in the Pigtown neighborhood of Baltimore City. The organization lent RTB their space for numerous meetings and volunteer trainings, adopted a Rebuilding Day house, helped RTB to recruit homeowner applicants, and dedicated $100,000 of their  most recent capital campaign to support RTB’s work in Pigtown.

M&T Bank has been a generous financial supporter of RTB for over 15 years. They have adopted numerous houses for our annual Rebuilding Day. Cliff Webster, of the former Provident Bank, served on the RTB Board of Directors and as a House Captain for over ten years. M&T has also generously donated storage space to RTB for over 8 years.

Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) has been a generous financial supporter of RTB for over 20 years. BGE employees have volunteered on numerous home    repair projects, and in 2012 they provided lovely gifts for each homeowner we served on Rebuilding Day. Mike LeSavage (deceased) served on the RTB board of directors for five years.

Stanley Black & Decker has supported RTB for over 10 years. Stanley     Employees have volunteered on some of our biggest home repair projects. Recently, Stanley has donated thousands of dollars worth of power tools to RTB, and has also made generous financial contributions to RTB.

Travelers has been a valuable partner to RTB for over 20 years. The Travelers volunteer teams have worked on dozens of houses, and their financial support has been incredibly generous, Charlie Murray from Travelers served on our board for many years.

Baltimore County Department of Planning has supported RTB for over 20 years. The Department provides generous funding to support our annual Rebuilding Day. Jeanann Ferguson from the department served on our board of directors for many years.

Booz Allen Hamilton has been a generous financial supporter of RTB for 20 years. Each April on National Rebuilding Day, Booz Allen employees across the nation join together in their communities to help improve homes for deserving individuals and families.  Booz Allen Hamilton has taken on some of RTB’s most challenging projects over the years. Numerous Booz Allen employees have served as house captains and skill captains, including Eric Vondy, who also served on the board of RTB for two years.

Loyola University, Maryland has supported RTB for over 10 years. Teams of students and facilities staff have taken on numerous Rebuilding Day houses. Former board member Erin O’Keefe served as a house captain when she was a student, and continued to serve RTB from 2004 to 2014 as a member of our Board of Directors. Loyola has also provided generous financial and in-kind support for our recent work in the Govans community.

Maryland Occupational Therapy Association has been instrumental in our Fall and Injury Prevention efforts for seniors and people with disabilities. MOTA has helped to recruit dozens of volunteer Occupational Therapists to conduct home safety assessments that help our clients live in safer homes.

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston has supported RTB for over 15 years. Firm partner Kevin Hroblak currently serves on our Board of Directors, and volunteers as a House Captain every year. The firm has also made generous financial contributions to RTB over the past 15 years.

Hereford United Methodist Church has supported RTB for 25 years. Volunteers from HUMC have taken on some of our most challenging projects over the years. HUMC has also provided generous financial support for RTB.

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Homeowner Quotes

Sometimes in the midst of all of our planning for Rebuilding Day, the staff here at RTB have to be reminded why it is we do the work we do. A few words of thankfulness can go a long way, and we are fortunate to have been able to work with some of the most gracious and grateful homeowners around. Check out some of the kind words they shared about our volunteers’ work on Rebuilding Day and have your day made!

“We just had major rain in the area and for the first time in years my basement was dry because of your work.” Ms. C,  Mid-Govans

“This all has made my home cleaner and much brighter and made me very happy. My sincerest appreciation” Ms. W, Mid-Govans

“I have gone through a lot over the past two years and had no way to have these repairs done on my own, so I am so thankful for this program.” Ms. M, Mid-Govans

“I am extremely grateful for all the repairs that were made, and I feel absolutely blessed to have been chosen for this project.” Mrs. A, North Point Village

“I feel so much safer with the deck and all the things you fixed in our home!” Mrs. F, North Point Village

 

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Contact

Rebuilding Together Baltimore
5820 York Road, Suite T300
Baltimore, MD 21212
Phone: (410) 889-2710
Fax: (443) 586-0785
Email: Info@RTBaltimore.org

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