During the month of April, Rebuilding Together affiliates across the country come together to celebrate National Rebuilding Month. Throughout the month affiliates make safe and healthy home repairs and modifications for low-income homeowners in need of support. National Rebuilding Month culminates over the last weekend in April as sponsoring faith-based organizations, businesses, and groups come together to complete repairs and modifications over National Rebuilding Day. This is our largest event of the year, allowing Rebuilding Together Montgomery County to mobilize over 300 volunteers to work on more than 12 project sites throughout the County.
If you are not volunteering during National Rebuilding Day this year, but still want to be involved, we invite you to examine these safe and healthy home principles in your own home. Checking over these items will ensure your home is a safer and healthier space for your family.
IS YOUR HOUSE:
Dry: Damp houses provide a nurturing environment for mites, roaches, rodents, and molds, all of which are associated with asthma.
Clean: Clean homes help reduce pest infestations and exposure to contaminants.
Pest-Free: Recent studies show a causal relationship between exposure to mice and cockroaches and asthma episodes in children, yet inappropriate treatment for pest infestations can exacerbate health problems since pesticide residues in homes pose risks for neurological damage and cancer.
Safe: The majority of injuries among children occur in the home. Falls are the most frequent cause of residential injuries to children, followed by injuries from objects in the home, burns, and poisonings.
Contaminant-Free: Chemical exposures include lead, radon, pesticides, volatile organic compounds, and environmental tobacco smoke. Exposures to asbestos particles, radon gas, carbon monoxide, and secondhand tobacco smoke are far higher indoors than outside.
Ventilated: Studies show that increasing the fresh air supply in a home improves respiratory health
Maintained: Poorly maintained homes are at risk for moisture and pest problems. Deteriorated lead-based paint in older housing is the primary cause of lead poisoning, which affects some 535,000 U.S. children.
Thermally Controlled: Tenants and homeowners are at risk for various health problems related to prolonged exposure to excessive heat or cold when their homes do not maintain adequate temperatures.
The housing market in Montgomery County, Maryland, is characterized by soaring rents, low rental vacancy, and a real estate market that incredibly unaffordable. The average annual income for our clients is $16,000, an amount that is never enough to cover all of life’s expenses. When it comes to basic needs such as food, transportation, medical care, and housing, our clients must regularly make difficult choices that result in covering some, but not all of these necessities. Home repair needs often go unaddressed because they’re either too expensive overall, or items like healthcare and food take precedence, leaving our clients without enough left in the bank to finance the often life-saving safe and healthy home repairs they need. By addressing their home repair needs, we reduce housing costs and prevent our clients from losing what is typically the only affordable housing option available to them. Our work not only prevents homelessness, it preserves affordable housing, revitalizes entire communities, and allows our ever-growing elderly population to age-in-place.
Summary of Position
The AmeriCorps Client Coordinator oversees many aspects of the client experience with a heavy focus on intake and closing-out of clients’ files. They strive to build trust within the community and awareness among targeted populations most in need of our services. The AmeriCorps Client Coordinator is an important point of contact for clients, ensuring a high level of client communication and support throughout the application, intake, project, and close-out stages. The AmeriCorps Client Coordinator meets with clients after project wrap-up to complete project evaluations and make referrals to other organizations and agencies as appropriate.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Serve as an important point of contact for clients before, during, and after services are completed in their homes.
Receive and review applications from potential clients, talk with clients over the phone if additional information is necessary, and schedule initial site visits to be conducted with Program Manager.
Identify and meet with organizations and neighborhood associations to ensure accurate referral information.
Ensure clients sign all necessary paperwork and agreements when opening and closing projects.
Survey homeowners in person after project completion to capture their experiences with Rebuilding Together. Report findings to Program Team and participate in the conversation about improving our delivery, ensuring the highest quality services to homeowners.
As a grassroots nonprofit, all team members will have an active role in implementing larger rebuilding projects throughout the year. They will assist with project logistics several times throughout the year, including checking in with clients throughout the project day, assisting with setup/tear down, and other behind the scenes project logistics.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
As this role will be interacting with clients and community members regularly, familiarity with the community is preferred
Experience with managing or working alongside volunteers and contractors
General knowledge of construction skills and housing needs
Bachelor’s degree or relevant work/life experience
Client-centered attitude and approach to work
Attention to detail including excellent recordkeeping skills
Comfortable directing teams of volunteers
Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and internet
Ability to work professionally and compassionately with diverse individuals with a wide variety of home needs
Ability to work independently to achieve established goals
Ability to communicate in clear and encouraging language with a diverse community and staff
Comfortable with speaking, directing, and presenting to large and small groups or willingness to learn
Description of Physical Demands
Must be able to navigate an active construction site, including: climbing stairs and ladders, standing, lifting, and carrying for extended periods of time over difficult terrain.
The majority of time will be spent in the office; they must be able to use a computer and phone for extended periods of time.
They must be able to travel independently to meetings in the community and in client homes
They will assist with several rebuilding days during the term—as such they must be able to walk, climb stairs, stand, lift, and carry for extended periods of time.
Access to reliable transportation for daily commute
Access to reliable transportation for regular travel during the work day as part of core responsibilities
Use of a personal vehicle is recommended due to inadequate public transportation
Valid driver’s license and driving record to allow use of affiliate-owned or –rented vehicles or trucks
Comfort backing up a vehicle with a trailer (or willingness to learn)
CapacityCorps members are required to pass an FBI criminal background check with fingerprints, applicable state background checks, and an NSOPW check. For more information about disqualifying findings, visit our FAQ’s on our website, www.rebuildingtogether.org/capacitycorps.
AmeriCorps members may not engage in any of the AmeriCorps Prohibited Activities (see below) directly or indirectly by recruiting, training, or managing others for the primary purpose of engaging in one of the activities listed below. AmeriCorps members will not recruit or coordinate volunteers for the purposes of raising funds for his/her living allowance, Rebuilding Together’s general operating expenses, or write grant applications for funding provided by CNCS or other federal agencies. Any volunteer recruitment, training, management, or coordination listed above as completed by the AmeriCorps member pertains to volunteers engaged in work directly related to rebuilding project implementation only.
AmeriCorps Prohibited Activities
Prohibited Activities. While charging time to the AmeriCorps program, accumulating service or training hours, or otherwise performing activities supported by the AmeriCorps program or CNCS, staff and members may not engage in the following activities (see 45 CFR § 2520.65):
a) Attempting to influence legislation;
b) Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes;
c) Assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing;
d) Impairing existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements;
e) Engaging in partisan political activities, or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office;
f) Participating in, or endorsing, events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials;
g) Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization;
h) Providing a direct benefit to—
i) A business organized for profit;
ii) A labor union;
iii) A partisan political organization;
iv) A nonprofit organization that fails to comply with the restrictions contained in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 related to engaging in political activities or substantial amount of lobbying except that nothing in these provisions shall be construed to prevent participants from engaging in advocacy activities undertaken at their own initiative; and
v) An organization engaged in the religious activities described in paragraph 3.g. above, unless CNCS assistance is not used to support those religious activities;
i) Conducting a voter registration drive or using CNCS funds to conduct a voter registration drive;
j) Providing abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services; and
k) Such other activities as CNCS may prohibit.
AmeriCorps members may not engage in the above activities directly or indirectly by recruiting, training, or managing others for the primary purpose of engaging in one of the activities listed above. Individuals may exercise their rights as private citizens and may participate in the activities listed above on their initiative, on non-AmeriCorps time, and using non-CNCS funds. Individuals should not wear the AmeriCorps logo while doing so.
Did you know that household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide? The average household leak can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more a day! Typically, these leaks are easy to fix and will not cost you an arm and a leg. A quick trip to the hardware store can help you save money by fixing those minor leaks in your home.
To check for leaks in your home, you first need to determine whether you’re wasting water and then identify the source of the leak. Here are some tips for finding leaks:
Take a look at your water usage during a colder month. If a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month, there are serious leaks.
Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak.
Identify toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 10 minutes, you have a leak. (Be sure to flush immediately after the experiment to avoid staining the tank!)
Examine faucet gaskets and pipe fitting for any water on the outside of the pipe to check for surface leaks.
Here are a few video links that you might find helpful in finding and fixing leaks
Old or worn-out toilet flappers can cause leaks. Flappers are inexpensive rubber parts that can build up minerals or decay over time. Replacing them can be a quick and easy fix in your home. To fix this leak, consult your local hardware store, home improvement retailer, or licensed plumber. Tip: Bring the old flapper to the hardware store for comparison to make sure you buy a new flapper that fits your toilet model.
Old and worn faucet washers and gaskets frequently cause leaks in faucets. A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year! That’s the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers! Many tutorials are available online for how to fix a wide variety of faucets. Tips: Don’t forget to turn off the water line before you start taking apart pipes!
A showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water it takes to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher! Some leaky showerheads can be fixed by making sure there is a tight connection between the showerhead and the pipe stem and by using pipe tape to secure it. Pipe tape, also called Teflon tape, is available at most hardware stores, is easy to apply, and can help control leaks. For more complicated valve leaks in the showers that drip when not in use, contact an experienced handyperson or licensed plumber. Tip: It’s also a good idea to check and, if needed, replace the washer or “o” ring inside the showerhead while making this repair.
If you have an in-ground irrigation system, check it each spring before use to make sure it wasn’t damaged by frost or freezing. You may need to hire a professional to assit with these repairs. Tip: Don’t forget garden hoses! Check your garden hose for leaks at its connection to the spigot. If it leaks while you run your hose, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connection to the spigot using pipe tape and a wrench.
“I didn’t know I could get help from anyone until Rebuilding Together helped me with the ramp” – Ms. Waller
Ms. Waller’s second set of front steps
Ms. Waller’s first set of front steps
Through a partnership with Adventist Healthcare, RTMC was introduced to Ms. Waller, a resident of Gaithersburg and a retired postal service employee of 25 years. During her years of service with the post office, Ms. Waller began to experience hip and knee issues which ultimately led to her retirement and slow health decline. After multiple surgeries and visits to the hospital, the doctors at Adventist realized that Ms. Waller would need help navigating her home, and reached out to RTMC for assistance.
Unfortunately, the front entrance to Ms. Waller’s condo had two flights of steps, making it extremely difficult and dangerous for her to navigate with a walker or cane. She suffered multiple falls and injuries as a result of her mobility restrictions, causing her to repeatedly return to the doctors for additional care. When RTMC did an evaluation of Ms. Waller’s home and discovered that she would benefit from accessibility modifications, they discovered that a ramp to Ms. Waller’s back door would make her home a safer and healthier space for her to reside.
With funding support from Adventist Healthcare and Mobility Solutions, RTMC was able to install a ramp from the back porch of Ms. Waller’s condo to her backyard. The ramp allows Ms. Waller to safely enter and leave her home and make it to the Metro Access bus stop. Navigating her way through the grass and around the building is still difficult with her walker, but it is a much safer alternative than risking the two flights of steps in the front of the building. Ms. Waller is extremely grateful for the team that helped her with this accessibility modification, saying “Mark and Mobility Solutions did a great job, they were out there for hours in the cold putting the ramp together“.
Ramp installation complete!
RTMC completed additional safe and healthy home repairs at Ms. Waller’s condo, installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home and supplying her with a fire extinguisher for the kitchen. Ms. Waller is now able to enjoy a safer and healthier home thanks to RTMC, Adventist Healthcare, and Mobility Solutions, but could still benefit from the use of a scooter. If anyone has a scooter they would be willing to donate or knows of someone who would be able to help Ms. Waller obtain one, please contact us.
Christina Betancourt Johnson will be leaving in mid-March to advance her family’s real estate business and continue her investment in the community with board positions in both Washington, DC and Montgomery County. Christina has led RTMC for 4 ½ years during which RTMC was recognized as “One of the Best” by the Catalogue for Philanthropy.
RTMC has helped hundreds of vulnerable and low income people in Montgomery County by providing critical home repairs, energy efficiency upgrades and accessibility modifications. Christina has strengthened the Safe and Healthy home approach for clients countywide and increased the visibility of the organization’s services as recognized by multiple awards. She’s also built a stronger IT infrastructure, streamlined operations, enhanced reporting processes, improved fund development activities and mobilized a highly competent staff to carry out RTMC’s crucial work. RTMC serves 100 homeowners on a yearly basis and last year, 700 volunteers showed up on National Rebuilding Day to ensure safe and healthy homes for local residents in Montgomery County.
“Christina has been an inspirational and motivational leader for the RTMC organization. She has brought forth a strong mission-driven commitment and key relationships to grow the organization’s impact and make a difference for individuals, families, and communities across Montgomery County. Her successor will inherit an innovative, thriving organization with an adaptive leadership team and staff that is willing and dedicated to the success of the organization and to those in the county in need,” says Brian Pettit, Board President.
“It has truly been a team effort with amazing team members, a passionate Board of Directors, and a community of supporters, friends and partners who believe in our mission and vision for our future,” remarks Christina, who adds, “I will forever remain a friend and champion of RTMC and the mission.”
The RTMC Board of Directors has appointed a transition committee and has also engaged Raffa, a locally-based consulting firm that specializes in nonprofit executive search and transition, to conduct a national search for a successor. The search launched the fourth week of January and you can find the position description here. Individuals interested in exploring the leadership opportunity can reach out to Lauren Weinstein (email@example.com).
As we plan for the recovery for Hurricane Nate, we wanted to share with you all the current status of our affiliates impacted by the last round of hurricanes.
Affiliate Status and Response
Rebuilding Together Houston is back up and running. They are fully engaged with the recovery efforts in Houston working with City staff, the United Way, VOAD, LISC and other organizations. With support from Rebuilding Together New Orleans they have taken on some early-phase recovery work mucking and gutting, but know that the majority of their work will be over the next few years in long-term recovery.
This month, they celebrated the planned retirement of CEO, Jim Soller and welcomed their new CEO, Christine Holland. She has jumped in with both feet and we look forward to sharing the official press release, including her bio, in the next LINE (eNews).
As always, the network has responded with care and concern and questions about how they can support their fellow affiliates. Rebuilding Together Houston has shared their initial calendar of work days and welcome individuals and teams of skilled volunteers. They anticipate work ramping up in the spring and summer of 2018 through at least 2020. As they refine their plan, they seek to balance the needs of flood victims with their current waitlist of clients, stretching their current capacity and resources.
FALL VHRP Mucking & Gutting
FALL VHRP Mucking & Gutting
FALL VHRP Mucking & Gutting
BHGRE Exterior & Possible Interior
Super Impact 2018 Exterior & Possible Interior
1/30 – 2/3/2018
Rebuilding Northside Exteriors
Volunteer For Long-term Recovery
RTH is currently evaluating resources, coordinating with partners, and organizing a multi-layered volunteer effort to serve their neighbors most in need. Grab your boots and join the recovery effort! Register your team or yourself to help.
In the “Notes” section of the form please include the type of volunteer work you prefer: (i.e. Hurricane Harvey relief, rebuilding homes, carpentry, warehouse inventory, office work, etc.)
If you know someone in the Houston are who needs help:
If you need help clearing-out your flooded home:
Crisis Cleanup Hotline
For FEMA Disaster Assistance Program Funding:
Register for assistance at disasterassistance.gov or
State Bar of Texas Hotline
Rebuilding Together San Antonio has decided to temporarily expand their service territory to include the gulf region of Texas where Hurricane Harvey touched town. They are supported in this work with an initial grant from national partner, Charter Communications. Executive Director, Kent Gerstner, has begun outreach in the hardest hit communities connecting with government officials and community partners. We anticipate Rebuilding Together’s recovery work to be up and running by the end of the year. Rebuilding Together San Antonio also welcomes support from skilled volunteers once they have their program established.
While the effects of Hurricane Harvey were somewhat diminished by the time it reached Louisiana, it did worsen the effects of last years’ historic flooding. Rebuilding Together Acadiana and Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge are still in active recovery mode rebuilding the homes of nearly 900 flood victims.
Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Broward County, Of the Palm Beaches, Tampa Bay, Orlando and North Central Florida were all impacted by Hurricane Irma. While they were fortunate not to have the catastrophic damage of Hurricane Harvey, several of the affiliates experienced power outages and damage to their offices. All of the Florida affiliates are actively engaging volunteers in recovery-related work and all of them anticipate increased requests for roof repair and replacement.
While we do not have an affiliate currently serving Puerto Rico, we are exploring where we may be able to partner with NGOs active in the region to leverage opportunities for in-kind donations and other support.
National Office Response
The national office has been in close communication with all of our affiliates and our corporate partners as response and recovery plans have been evolving. We’ve been thrilled with the generosity of our current partners, particularly Charter Communications and Sears, and the interest of new partners in supporting the long-term recovery efforts of our affiliates.
The national office has created a PSA to highlight the long-term recovery efforts of the organization, which is featured above. The PSA will started running last week on Charter Communications’ stations, on HGTV and 300 local television stations throughout the country. The national office will use the PSA to launch the Rebuild2Recover campaign that will live on rebuildingtogether.org. The campaign will include educational graphics and a booklet to provide information to the people we serve around how to prepare their home prior to a disaster and what to do following a disaster. The purpose of the campaign is to raise money year-round and build assets that can be deployed whenever a disaster happens.
RTMC will not organization a recovery team but is encouraging all interested volunteers and supporters to contact the affected region’s affiliate to find out how you can play a role in the rebuilding efforts in that community. RTMC and our national network has and will continue to provide support to the effected affiliates, sharing lessons learned from past disasters, fundraising and helping highlight the importance of sustained support for recovery efforts.
The article titled “Home, Sweet Home” on pages 70-74 describes the story of a grandmother, Karen, unexpectedly jumping back into parenting and the housing difficulties she faced in making her home conducive to a growing four-year-old. She needed a reliable, safe deck and an updated water filtration system. Rebuilding Together Long Island also provided the home with paneling, hardware, lighting fixtures and additional storage to deter clutter.
Local designer Jen O’Brien took the lead on redesigning the home for Karen and her grandson, Liam. Through Jen’s room concept and Rebuilding Together Long Island’s repairs, the home has reduced fall risks and ensures a safe and healthy environment for Liam to play, learn and grow. The materials for this project were provided by donors including national sponsors Lowe’s and Sherwin Williams.
Meredith Corporation, parent company of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, has partnered with Rebuilding Together for over 15 years to help us make homes safer and healthier for people in need. Take a look at the story reflecting this long-standing partnership in the October issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine on newsstands now.
Thank you for your interest in supporting RTMC! Are you a resident of Maryland or a business that pays Maryland state taxes? If so, RTMC can help you boost your contribution by reducing your tax liability, using Maryland’s Community Investment Tax Credits. Most years, RTMC receives an annual allocation of Community Investment Tax Credits from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. After the allocation, RTMC finds individuals and businesses who wish to donate $500 – $500,000 in money or real property to RTMC, and in the process, earn 50% of the value of the contribution in state tax credits. Community Investment Tax Credits are usable in addition to the Federal and State tax deductions for charitable donations.
The combination of the tax credits and tax deductions significantly reduces the actual out of pocket spent per dollar donated…which allows for larger donations! The following table shows how RTMC and businesses at different tax rates can benefit from the Community Investment Tax Credits:
17% (10% Fed, 7% State)
30% (23% Fed, 7% State)
43% (36% Fed, 7% State)
Donation to RTMC
Combined tax deduction
Tax credit on state tax return
(50% of donation)
Total tax benefit
Net out-of-pocket cost
Eligible businesses include any entity that conducts a trade or business in Maryland and is subject to the state income tax, the public service company franchise tax, or the insurance premiums tax. These types of entities generally include corporations, public utility companies, insurance companies, financial institutions, S corporations, sole proprietors, and limited liability corporations.
Eligible individuals include residents of Maryland. Residents are defined as individuals who are living in Maryland on the last day of the taxable year, or individuals that live in Maryland for more than 6 months of the taxable year and are physically present in the state for 183 or more days during the taxable year.
For more information about making a donation and using Community Investment Tax Credits, please contact Elisa Hermes at 301-947-9400.
The following information may be useful to both individuals and businesses making contributions, as well as nonprofit participants in the Community Investment Tax Credit program. This information is for reference only and any individual or business contemplating making a contribution, that has questions about their specific tax advantages, is encouraged to consult with their accountant or tax professional.
On Saturday, April 29, 2017, Rebuilding Together Montgomery County’s kicked off its inaugural She Builds event with a talented crew of female volunteers that worked tirelessly to repair the home of Ms. Belay, a mom, 1st generation American and an engaged community member.
“She Builds” is part of Rebuilding Together’s national effort to bring together female business leaders and volunteers to support the most vulnerable populations of female homeowners in our nation. According to USAID, programs that provide women opportunities to better their family’s health, education and shelter, have effects far beyond a single individual. In fact, USAID reports a woman multiplies the impact of an investment made in her future by extending the benefits to her community 3-fold.
Through She Builds, RTMCs work with our partners and volunteers to provide critical home repairs to women-owned households and facility improvements for nonprofits that provides services to low income women in need. She Builds events are organized by women, executed by women and benefit the entire community. Designed to highlight the unique strengths that women in our communities bring to ensuring fair and affordable housing for all, She Builds
In order to cover the costs of repairs made to Ms. Belay’s home, She Builds volunteers contacted friends, neighbors, social media network, etc. in a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign. Through their efforts, the team raised $4,505 with donations still coming in!
On project day, House Captain, Ms. Jodi Longo, was instrumental in ensuring that tasks were properly executed. Jodi, owner of the full-service construction company Renovation Studio, was a perfect fit for the job. House Ambassador, Tara Murayama, helped make sure everything went smoothly and Ms. Belay’s needs were met to the best of our abilities, while crew leaders Sherry Kissal, Marion Coleman, Susan Prather, and Kathy Narva led groups of volunteers in providing hands-on “how to” information for each task. These women leaders proved invaluable to the project which simply could not have been completed without their help.
Students from the Woods Academy worked on landscaping the front and back yards. Attorneys and friends from Birchstone Moore helped sand the deck to prepare it for staining, while another group ov volunteers removed broken, rotted lattice from underneath the deck. Inside, women painted Ms. Belay’s living room.
The afternoon volunteers demolished a rotting and unsafe backyard shed, continued landscaping, finished sanding the deck and completed interior painting. Carolina Menor, Colleen Lee, Janet Demas and several others provided delicious breakfast, snacks, and lunch to nourish everyone throughout the day.
The day ended with lots of hugs and group photos of tired but satisfied volunteers, as well as tea and cake provided by a very appreciative homeowner! Already, Jodi Longo and RTMC staff are excited to plan for next year’s She Builds!
A heartfelt THANK YOU to the amazing volunteers who came out to lend a hand to a neighbor in need — your work is invaluable, appreciated and something to be proud of.
For information on how to get involved in a future She Builds event, please contact Melissa Erickson, Development and Communications Manager at 301-947-9400, x105 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.“
Throughout the year, Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC) has the great fortune of employing the help of ten amazing volunteer handymen. These gentlemen offer up their time to do recurring projects for RTMC. According to Pete Baum, a participant in the Hawk Handyman program, “I just love coming out to help other people. It’s rewarding work. Finishing the day, knowing that I’ve been able to make someone’s life easier and better is a good thing. My friend Marty brought me into this work and I’m so glad that he did.” That friend he’s referring to is Marty Severe who has worked with RTMC for more than a decade!
“Giving and getting is part of volunteerism. With RTMC, I’m able to give back to my community in a meaningful way while working alongside my old friends. It’s a way to have fun and invest my time in a meaningful act of service,” says Marty Severe.
On Wednesday, June 28th, Hawk Handymen Pete Baum, Marty Severe, Larry Cole, and John Vilgos worked alongside Lowe’s ProServices team members to address health and safety concerns in the home of one of our clients.
Together, they completed a roof patch, replaced the home’s gutters, connected a new fridge and stove, installed smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, made electrical repairs, placed new and larger house members on the front of the home, and attached new railings to help our client navigate his stairs in a safer and more stable way.
Many thanks to Lowe’s for their continued partnership with Rebuilding Together, for the homeowner who entrusted us to his home, and to the committed Hawk Handymen who are there for our community when it counts!