On Saturday April 30th, over 500 volunteers participated in our annual Rebuilding Day event. This is a day of community service that takes place the last Saturday in April every year. These dedicated and hard-working volunteers worked on over 40 projects, including improvements to 30 homes. Their efforts are part of the revitalization of the Woodbourne-McCabe and Turner Station neighborhoods.Read more
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.
Erie Insurance Volunteers
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!
This 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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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.
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Baltimore, MD – On April 26, 2014, nearly 700 volunteers will repair 25 homes of low-income homeowners to celebrate the 25th annual National Rebuilding Day in Baltimore. NOTE: Site addresses will be provided to any media representatives that call media contacts.
Rebuilding Together Baltimore (RTB) is one of over 180 Rebuilding Together affiliates across the country leading a healthy housing movement for low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities. National Rebuilding Day is the organization’s annual call to service embraced by community leaders and corporate sponsors as a way of bringing immediate, large-scale impact to communities across America.
RTB works in target neighborhoods in both Baltimore City and Baltimore County to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. On National Rebuilding Day, the 25 home repair projects will take place in Mid-Govans in Baltimore City and North Point Village in Baltimore County. RTB will also complete community beautification projects in these neighborhoods to improve public spaces.
One of the homeowners receiving home repairs is Mr. B, who is 60 years old, and has lived in his home in Baltimore City for almost 40 years. He raised his son and daughter as a single father and is proud to have sent them both to college. He still frequents his favorite local places: Dewees Park, Belvedere Square and the historic Senator Theater. After working for Verizon for 30 years, Mr. B retired, and as he gets older, he is having a hard time keeping up with home repairs.
Fifteen additional senior citizens will also receive home repairs on National Rebuilding Day in addition to five people with disabilities, nine families with children and one veteran. Eight houses will get roof repairs, volunteers will install two wheelchair ramps and every house will get new smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Volunteers focus on repairs that make homes warmer, safer and drier by developing scopes of work highlighting many other home safety modifications and energy efficiency improvements.
“National Rebuilding Day is a large-scale day of service when nearly 50,000 volunteers will work on close to 3,000 projects across the country,” explained Bonnie Bessor, Executive Director at RTB. “We are thrilled to celebrate our 25th anniversary with hundreds of volunteers on such an impactful day in Baltimore.”
Booz Allen Hamilton is the Silver Anniversary Sponsor of Rebuilding Day in Baltimore. Among the other corporate sponsors providing support for this effort are Travelers, Baltimore Housing, Baltimore County Department of Planning, BGE, Fidelity & Guaranty Life, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, and Protiviti. The 25 home repair and community beautification projects will be completed by teams of volunteers from local corporations, schools, churches and civic groups.
Rebuilding Together Baltimore is always in need of more skilled volunteers who have carpentry, plumbing and electrical experience. If you are interested in sponsoring a Rebuilding Together Baltimore project or serving as a volunteer, please visit www.RTBaltimore.org
About Rebuilding Together Baltimore
Since 1989, Rebuilding Together Baltimore (RTB) has repaired over 1,300 homes and community spaces in 35 neighborhoods in Baltimore City and County. Rebuilding Together Baltimore works in partnership with volunteers and communities to make homes warmer, safer and drier for low-income homeowners who are seniors, people with disabilities or families with children. In its 25-year history, Rebuilding Together Baltimore’s work represents over $8 million in value to the community. In 2008, Rebuilding Together Baltimore was chosen by HGTV as one of five Rebuilding Together affiliates in the US for their inaugural “Change the World. Start at Home” initiative. Rebuilding Together Baltimore is an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, Inc., a national organization with over 180 affiliates across the country.
Rebuilding Together Baltimore places a special emphasis on home safety and fall prevention for seniors and people with disabilities, providing grab bars, handrails, wheelchair ramps and other modifications that help to keep seniors and people with disabilities safe in their homes.
Rebuilding Together Baltimore assists up to 70 homeowners every year. For more information on Rebuilding Together Baltimore, or to volunteer your home repair skills call 410-889-2710 or visit www.RTBaltimore.orgRead more
Last weekend our AmeriCorps Service Coordinator, Eric Park, traveled to Durham, NC to participate in the Healthy Housing Summit led by the National Service Program staff at Rebuilding Together and the local RT of the Triangle. 25 other AmeriCorps members from Rebuilding Together affiliates across the country spent a full day of training and two days implementing safe and healthy home repairs for homeowners in need in rural Pittsboro.
Armand Magnelli and Jayne Windham of Livable Housing, Inc. and Housing Compliance Solutions LLC, facilitated the training sessions that involved an overview of building science, home inspection best practices, and several hands on demonstrations that highlighted the 7 safe and healthy housing principles. Armand and Jayne did a wonderful job of making this content engaging and practical for the AmeriCorps members in attendance.
The team Eric served with removed old carpet throughout the home and refinished the hardwood floors, installed three new windows, insulated the attic and crawlspace, and rehung gutters and extended downspouts to improve the flow of water away from the foundation of the home. Overall, it was a tremendous service experience, and we would like to thank the NSP Team, Armand, Jayne, Dan and Sophie of RT of the Triangle, and the national sponsors of this event.What a blast!Read more
In late January, Clara and Eric traveled to Pittsburgh, PA to participate in a week-long service event in memory of Martin Luther King Jr. There they joined over 80 other AmeriCorps members and alumni and completed 9 different home repair projects throughout the neighborhood of Hazelwood. Eric’s team removed a large amount of old carpeting and replaced it with vinyl flooring to improve the air quality of the home. Clara worked with other AmeriCorps to apply Drylok, a material that prevents moisture from enetering through walls, in a homeowner’s basement. They were so pleased to serve homeowners in need in Pittsburgh’s community and of course to be reunited with some of their favorite people!
On Friday, November 22, we partnered with PORTER-CABLE to provide repairs for three homeowners in the North Point Village neighborhood in Dundalk, MD. These projects signified the launch of our work in North Point Village, which is our new target neighborhood in Baltimore County. The project was part of the nationwide Healthy Housing Challenge, a joint initiative between Rebuilding Together and the National Center for Healthy Housing.The volunteers from PORTER-CABLE were amazing! They accomplished so much between the three houses including:
- Installation of new smoke detectors
- New handrails
- Building entry stairs
- Replacing deck floorboards
- New comfort height toilet
- Making back porches and steps on all three houses safer and more stable
- Caulking of windows and doors
- New grab bars in bathrooms
- Extension of downspouts to divert water away from homes
- Energy Efficiency air sealing and insulation
PORTER-CABLE also made an incredibly generous donation of tools to Rebuilding Together Baltimore to help with this project and many future projects. Thanks PORTER-CABLE!
|October 17 has come and gone and we have had another successful corporate volunteer team build project. 30 volunteers from Wells Fargo helped in renovations for the home of Mr. and Mrs. W in Mid-Govans. We had so much enthusiasm from our volunteers that we were able to get an amazing amount of work done that day. Some of the projects that were completed were a new wheelchair ramp into the home, installing structural support for the first floor, and installing new handrails and grab bars. The homeowners were so appreciative at the end of the day. Thank you again for having such dedicated volunteers!This project was the kick-off of our participation in the nationwide Healthy Housing Challenge, a joint project between Rebuilding Together and the National Center for Healthy Housing.Here are some photos from the project day. To see more, visit our Facebook page.And WBAL-TV covered the project in the evening news. Click here to see the video that includes an interview with the homeowner.|