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Community Investment Tax Credits Can Help You Save on Taxes

Community Investment Tax Credits

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:

  Small Company Mid-Size Company Large Company
Tax Rate 17% (10% Fed, 7% State) 30% (23% Fed, 7% State) 43% (36% Fed, 7% State)
Donation to RTMC $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
Combined tax deduction ($170) ($300) ($430)
Tax credit on state tax return
(50% of donation)
($500) ($500) ($500)
Total tax benefit ($670) ($800) ($930)
Net out-of-pocket cost $330 $200 $70

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.

Women Renovate a Home and Strengthen Community at She Builds 2017

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 merickson@rebuildingtogethermc.org.


Citrin Creates Value with Teamwork

June 2017 (Gaithersburg)-One of the things that we love about Citrin Cooperman, a national accounting and tax services firm, is that they always take the “team effort approach”. And on June 5th, their team effort was obvious as they worked in dreary weather to repair and beautify the home of Ms. Wade.

“I can’t thank Rebuilding Together and these volunteers enough. I’ve managed to live with multiple disabilities and in all my years I’ve never had anyone do so much for me. It really is a blessing and I am grateful that you’ve been able to fix up my ‘forever home’,” said Ms. Wade.

Because of Citrin’s investments of money and employees’ time, we were able to make significant improvements to the home of Ms. Wade – installing new perimeter fencing,* resurfacing the wrap-around deck, installing the new dishwasher, re-wiring of the well pump to restore pluming and water to the home, updating landscaping and installing new light fixtures for safe entry into and out of the home.  Thanks to the firms commitment to the community, Ms. Wade now will be able to reside in a safer, healthier, and happier home for years to come.

*A special thanks also goes to Commercial Restorations of Germantown who donated in-kind power washing services to prep Ms. Wade’s deck for refinishing.

Hawk Handyman Volunteers Support Summer Lowe’s Project

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!

Making a Life by What We Give – Wells Fargo 2017


July 2017 (Gaithersburg, MD)- Thanks to the generous financial support and volunteer service of a group of Wells Fargo employees, RTMC clients, Ed and Diane, have a safer and healthier home they can depend on for years to come.

When Ed and Diane first came to Rebuilding Together, they had experienced significant water damage in their home, caused by both a roof leak and a lingering plumbing leak on their main level. These leaks presented not only an eyesore in cracked ceilings and water stains, but they also caused health hazards with mold having grown behind their drywall and across their basement carpeting.

The Wells Fargo funding enabled us to hire subcontractors to address the roof leaks and chimney repair. They also cleared their plumbing drain lines and replaced their electrical panel, GFCI’s in the kitchen and bathroom, and drywall replacement throughout the basement.

Committed Wells Fargo volunteers, representing their Maryland business units, completed the painting work throughout the first level and basement, cleared their overgrown patio area, removed carpet throughout the basement, and re-painted their entire fence.

Homeowners Ed and Diane were engaged throughout the project, assisting where they could, getting to know the volunteers and humbly thanking everyone at every turn.

It was a beautiful day of service and we cannot thank Wells Fargo enough for supporting RTMC and those we serve.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill.

RTMC’s 27th Annual National Rebuilding Day Provides Services to 18 Families and 1 Nonprofit in Montgomery County

On April 29, 2017 Rebuilding Together Montgomery County joined Rebuilding Together affiliates across the nation to celebrate our signature volunteer event, National Rebuilding Day. This year, Rebuilding Together Montgomery County had 27 volunteer groups, engaging more than 600 volunteers, completing home repair and revitalization projects that will provide county residents with safer and healthier living spaces they can depend on for years to come. Each volunteer gave generously of their time, talents, and resources to make sure that no project was left unfinished.

Volunteer groups came from all corners of the county representing corporations such as Ecobeco, religious institutions such as Temple Beth Ami and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, associations such as the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors, and many more. Some of our volunteer groups teamed up, making their work all the more impactful.

The Pre-work and Project Planning:

In early spring, committed teams express their interest to adopt a home and the family as they conduct a complete renovation for the family.  We then match each group- carefully considering the size of their volunteer team, the family’s needs, and our volunteer’s skills- to a low income Montgomery County homeowner. Next, we partner with them as they engage the family to better understand their needs.  Once that step is complete, we set about to enthusiastically and skillfully create a scope of work that addresses both health and safety issues in a home as well as improving the aesthetic of the home for years to come.  Working over the course of several weeks, volunteers and staff are able to develop repair and revitalization plans that will not only change the lives of our homeowners, but that will also stabilize their communities and provide an unforgettable experience for each volunteer that works with us on project day!

This year, we were able to provide services to 18 Montgomery County homeowners. Many thanks for the help and support of our dedicated, thorough and kind-hearted volunteers!

Project Day:

When project day arrived, groups came out bright and early to begin work. Project sites were spread out all over the county – from Takoma Park and Boyds to Dickerson and Rockville, we truly served our entire community!

Volunteers planned many substantial projects including HVAC replacement, full kitchen renovations, porch repairs, water heater and kitchen appliance replacements, attic insulation installments, chimney repair, garage door replacement, roof repairs, and bathroom retrofitting to name a few. While the major repairs served to make homes safer and healthier, volunteers also worked on projects to beautify and brighten up clients’ homes such as landscaping and painting. Each project was designed to enable homeowners in need to remain in their homes for years to come without having to worry about the very real possibility of being displaced and having no place else to turn for shelter. This important work improved the lives of our homeowners and volunteers alike and we cannot be more grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many volunteers as they developed deep community connections in the process.

The energy and spirit encompassing each volunteer project were palpable. Complete with laughs, hard work, and great memories, this year’s National Rebuilding Day is certainly one for the books! A virtual round of applause is order for our amazing community partners below, and we invite you to join us in this community-wide movement next year.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church ∙ GCAAR ∙ Donohoe ∙ St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church ∙

Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church ∙ St. Park Presbyterian Church ∙ Bethesda United Church of Christ ∙

Holy Cross Catholic Church ∙ Faith United Methodist Church ∙ Ecobeco ∙ DeVere Insulation ∙

Tucker’s Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing ∙ United Rentals ∙ Grace United Methodist Church ∙

Sandy Spring Bank ∙ DG Liu Contractor ∙ Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church ∙

Ashton United Methodist Church ∙ RBC Wealth Management ∙ Temple Beth Ami ∙ Shaare Torah ∙

Christ Church Parish Kensington ∙ Revere Bank ∙ NCCoE ∙ B’nai Israel ∙

Helping Hands Poolesville ∙ Neelsville Presbyterian Church




WHO/WHAT:          For National Rebuilding Month, Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC) will be participating in 18 home rehabilitation projects across the county thanks to the help of 27 generous volunteer groups and more than 700 volunteers.

WHEN:                        Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, 2017 (Media invited from 9 am to 2 pm)

WHERE:                     Rebuild projects are taking place across the county.


QUICK FACTS:         

Rebuilding Together Montgomery County focuses on providing home repair services to low-income homeowners throughout the county in an effort to preserve the affordable housing stock. The repairs that we provide are designed to make homes safer and healthier for homeowners allowing them to remain in their homes and reducing the risk of homeowner displacement. At RTMC, we know that displacement destabilizes entire communities and it is far more cost effective to simply preserve the current supply of affordable housing.

That’s where we come in. Our largest volunteer event of the year, National Rebuilding Day, deploys groups of volunteers to homes throughout the county to provide revitalization services that allow our most vulnerable neighbors including senior citizens, veterans, children and families, and individuals with disabilities to remain in homes they can depend on for years to come. This year, we are participating in 18 home rehabilitation projects across the county and engaging 27 volunteer groups from all walks of life. We hope you will join us for this life-changing event.

MEDIA CONTACT: Melissa Erickson, Development and Communications Manager,  Rebuilding Together Montgomery County,  240-274-7441,   merickson@rebuildingtogethermc.org



Good Shepherd Lutheran Church ∙ GCAAR ∙ Donohoe ∙ St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church ∙ Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church ∙ St. Mark Presbyterian Church ∙ Bethesda United Church of Christ ∙ Holy Cross Catholic Church ∙ Faith United Methodist Church ∙ Ecobeco ∙ DeVere Insulation ∙ Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing ∙ United Rentals ∙ Grace United Methodist Church ∙ Sandy Spring Bank ∙ D.G. Liu Contractor ∙ Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church ∙ Ashton United Methodist Church ∙ RBC Wealth Management ∙ Temple Beth Ami ∙ Shaare Torah ∙ Christ Church Parish Kensington ∙ Revere Bank ∙ NCCoE ∙ B’nai Israel ∙ Helping Hands Poolesville ∙ Neelsville Presbyterian Church

RTMC and The Friedson Group to Launch New Fire and Home Safety Program During National Rebuilding Day Event

(Gaithersburg, MD – April 24, 2017) – Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC), in partnership with The Friedson Group of Long & Foster Real Estate, is launching the Safe Homes, Happy Residents Program aimed at reducing the risk of home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning amongst Montgomery County’s low-income residents. Through this partnership, The Friedson Group will donate a portion of its commission (for each transaction in which it acts as an agent) to RTMC to be used to purchase smoke detectors, CO detectors, and fire extinguishers for installation in the homes of RTMC’s clients.

To kick-off the launch of this program, volunteers from The Friedson Group, together with a crew from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, will install smoke/CO detectors and fire extinguishers in the home of one of RTMC’s clients during National Rebuilding Day.

WHAT: Safe Homes, Happy Residents Volunteer Event & New Program Launch
WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 10:30 AM –11:30 AM
WHERE: 8103 Fallow Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
INVITED GUESTS: Chief Scott Goldstein, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue and Councilmember Sydney Katz, Montgomery County Council

The Friedson Group’s partnership with RTMC is rooted in their organizational commitment to community and the safety and health of those living throughout Montgomery County.

Sold – Sold – Sold !!!

Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC) teamed up with exceptional builders to craft unique and exciting playhouses that delight and inspire the little ones in our lives. These extravagant, detailed, high-quality playhouses were talk of the neighborhood – and were up for bid on Saturday, June 18th at Rebuilding Hope: The RTMC Playhouse Project. At RTMC’s 3rd annual event, more than  100 guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers while supporting Rebuilding Together and the community investment made to preserve affordable housing, prevent homelessness and provide hope for some of our county’s most vulnerable residents.

While walking the Plaza at The Shops at Wisconsin Place, guests previewed all 7 playhouses on display, 3 of which had already been pre-sold!

Co-emcees for the night, Dawn Gontkovic and Councilmember Craig Rice, provided opening remarks and kept the crowd entertained before the playhouse bidding began. RTMC’s Executive Director, Christina Johnson, was presented with a check from Whole Foods’s Carrie Coonan which represented their purchase of two playhouses. One of those playhouses, which is Pepco’s “MiniShed” , is a green house built with sustainable materials, featuring a solar powered roof, allowing for rainwater harvesting and boasting elevated planter beds. Whole Foods has agreed to generously donate this playhouse to a STEM school within the Montgomery County Public School system. Whole Foods will donate the other playhouse, Mother Earth’s cabin, to local nonprofit CentroNia.

Special thanks were delivered to Whole Foods Market and TW Perry, who were both presenting sponsors for this year’s event.  Special recognition was given to Jeffrey Slavin, Mayor of the Town of Somerset by Family Services, Inc.’s Scott Birdsong. FSI recognized Mr. Slavin for his generous donation of a playhouse two years ago and has since been placed at an FSI childcare facilities in Montgomery County.

When Auctioneer Lia Kvatum brought the gavel down for the final winning bid, 4 uniquely designed and custom-built children’s playhouses were auctioned off and another successful playhouse project came to an end, raising more than $70,000 for RTMC’s great work in the community!

Rebuilding Together would like to thank all of its long-time Playhouse Project sponsors, all of its new sponsors and all of the in-kind partners that helped make this event a huge success!

Join Us at RTMC’s Reception & Live Playhouse Auction

It’s that time of year again and Rebuilding Together Montgomery County(RTMC) is hosting its bi-annual fundraiser, Rebuilding Hope: The RTMC Playhouse Reception and Live Auction is on Saturday, June 18th from 7-9PM.

Every other year, RTMC auctions off amazing, custom-built playhouses to parents, grandparents, and local philanthropists committed to serving out community’s most vulnerable residents.

Please join us at this event and consider supporting it either as a donor or as a playhouse purchaser.

To date, RTMC’s successfully, raised $40,000.00 by pre-selling 3 out of the 7 playhouses that are now on the plaza!!!

There are four remaining playhouses on the market – “The Chalet” built by C. M. Conlan Contractors & Builders Inc., “The Hobbit House” built by Harkins Builders, “Friendship Station” built by Sandy Spring Builders, and “The Accessible Sand Castle” built by ProHome Contractors and Accessible Home Associates & Levine Design Studio. Each are housed on the plaza at Western & Wisconsin Avenue, pictured below, and featured on the playhouse website.

Rebuilding Together Playhouse delivery to Wisconsin Place

Houses sell typically sell at auction for $6500-$15,000.00.

By purchasing a playhouse, you’re not only investing in an amazing play space for children to enjoy for years to come, but you’re also providing help and hope for other families at the same time!

If you can’t purchase a playhouse, we’d still love for you to share this event with friends, and/or join us for an evening of fun, friends and community impact.