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REBUILDING TOGETHER MONTGOMERY COUNTY’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Rebuilding Together Montgomery County is closely monitoring the COVID-19 crisis. Our primary concern is protecting our homeowner clients, volunteers, staff and [Re]Build partners from the spread of the coronavirus.

As you know, this is a serious public health situation – one that disproportionately impacts those we serve:  the elderly, people suffering from underlying health problems, and families struggling financially while living in unhealthy or unsafe homes.

In addition to the CDC guidelines for hand washing, using 60% alcohol sanitizer, wiping down surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes, and practicing social distancing, Rebuilding Together Montgomery County has:

  • Instructed all employees to work from home,
  • Cancelled all in-person meetings, volunteer trainings, and other gatherings,
  • Suspended all in-home repair work,
  • Postponed National [Re]Building Day, She Builds, and all other group projects.

During this crisis, the safety of our clients, partners, and staff will be our highest priority, however, we will make every effort to meet the immediate needs of our vulnerable neighbors by continuing to provide external repairs such as fixing leaking roofs, adding or repairing accessibility items such as ramps, wheelchair lifts and railings, fixing broken windows and external walls, external air conditioning units, and other repairs that can be accomplished without direct interaction between clients and workers.

There are many ways to make a difference for the low-income clients we serve. The most effective and safest way you can get involved now, as this crisis continues to unfold, is by making a financial contribution to Rebuilding Together Montgomery County so we will be able to continue to support those who need our help the most.

We will keep you updated as this situation develops.

2020 National Rebuilding Day

Our 2020 National Rebuilding Day (NRD) event will take place throughout the month of April and will culminate on April 25, 2020. On this weekend, 400+ volunteers from businesses, faith-based organizations, and leadership groups will come together to complete home repair projects that will uplift our local neighborhoods and create sustainable housing solutions for our county’s most vulnerable residents.

If you would like to sponsor a volunteer team during this year’s event, please review and complete the NRD Registration Form and return it to Gladys Pleasant by email or via fax at (301) 947-9411. You can also return your completed for to us by mail by forwarding it to us at the following address:

Rebuilding Together Montgomery County
Attn: Gladys Pleasant
18225-A Flower Hill Way
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Leadership Montgomery’s Holiday Toy Drive!

Leadership Montgomery’s (LM) Toy Drive allow families to attend a distribution day, shop for the toys that they want, get them wrapped, receive a frozen turkey, winter clothes, a bag of food, and gift cards to Giant.  Because of the wonderful efforts of LM, there were over 200 families with 700+ toys, 150 holiday meal bags and grocery cards distributed and over $15,000 was raised for this event in 2018!

Would you like to get involved and be apart of this rewarding experience? Well, you are in luck because there are multiple ways to contribute!

Ways to contribute 

  1. You can host a toy drive at your company to collect toys for the distribution day.  If you are interested in this, contact Greg Smith.
  2.  If you would like to contribute toys, please drop off unwrapped toys valued at $20-$30 between now and December 13th for children whose families do not have the resources to celebrate the holidays. Drop off locations are listed below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     3. If you prefer, you may donate money for the toy drive to the M&T online page: LM 2019 Toy Drive

     If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact via Greg Smith or phone 240-632-7873!

 

[RE]BUILD MOCO GOLF TOURNAMENT 2019

We had a blast at our golf tournament, which was held at on October 7, 2019 at Bretton Woods. This year, our tournament sponsor was Miller & Long DC. With the support of our sponsors, players, and volunteers, we were able to raise over $63,000! Your support provides RTMC the opportunity to continue serving the low-income homeowners in our community and ensure their home is safe and healthy.

Thank you to all who participated and we can’t wait for next year’s tournament!

Please check out our Thank You Video below and stay tuned for pictures!

SALON EVENT HOSTED BY NANCY FLOREEN

Nancy Floreen to host an intimate gathering of friends and colleagues at her home on November 6, 2019. This home-style evening event gives RTMC the opportunity to share our passion for our mission with others who may not be familiar with the amazing work we do on a daily basis.

If you could help us spread the word about the significant impact we have in Montgomery County by hosting a similar event, please contact Elisa Hermes via phone (301-947-9400 ext. 101) or email her at EHermes@rebuildingtogethermc.org

SALON EVENT HOSTED BY SANDY SPRING BUILDERS & JENDELL CONSTRUCTION

Sandy Spring Builders and Jendell Construction to host an intimate gathering of friends and colleagues at the Sandy Spring Builders office in March 2020. This home-style evening event gives RTMC the opportunity to share our passion for our mission with others who may not be familiar with the amazing work we do on a daily basis.

If you could help us spread the word about the significant impact we have in Montgomery County by hosting a similar event, please contact Elisa Hermes via phone (301-947-9400 ext. 101) or email her at EHermes@rebuildingtogethermc.org

Temple Beth Ami Brotherhood’s 17th Annual Golf Tournament

[RE]Builders – Mark your calendar and join one of our longtime supporters, Temple Beth Ami Brotherhood, at Worthington Manor Golf Club (8329 Fingerboard Rd, Urbana, MD 21704 ) for a fabulous day of golf and camaraderie on May 14, 2019! Temple Beth Ami Brotherhood’s Golf Tournament check-in will begin at 11:00 am, followed by a shot-gun start at 12:30 pm!  Their golf tournament helps support our mission of having safe homes and communities for everyone in Montgomery County!

Please join Temple Beth Ami Brotherhood in support of Rebuilding Together Montgomery County while having a fun day of golf!

Please contact Peter Cantor, pghcantor@yahoo.com, for more information or register here!

She Builds 2019

In partnership with Women Building Washington Group of ABC Metro Washington Chapter, Rebuilding Together Montgomery County hosted a She Builds event on March 8, 2019. This sister to sister event supported low-income female homeowners by creating safer and healthier homes, and gave female builders a meaningful, hands-on opportunity for service. The event took place on International Women’s Day and was strategically planned around 2019 Women in Construction Week.

This year, we had approximately 40 volunteers working on one project site and raised over $20,000 through a peer to peer campaign with the support of over 190 family, friends, colleagues, and businesses. Funds raised for She Builds not only supported the project itself but will go towards supporting safe and healthy home repairs in many other households throughout Montgomery County.

To learn more information about She Builds or how you get involved, please contact Elisa Hermes at 301-947-9400 ext. 101 or ehermes@rebuildingtogethermc.org

National Rebuilding Day Homeowner Story

“I knew everything was going to get better, I just had to believe it. Kelley and Lance were great to work with, they did a really good job.” -Mrs. P

National Rebuilding Day was a major success this year with over 15 sponsors working on the homes of 13 Montgomery County homeowners. Volunteers are the lifeblood of National Rebuilding Day, and this year the 400+ participants spent the month of April completing safe and healthy home repairs on our client’s homes. Repairs ranged from accessibility modifications to full bathroom remodels.

Donohoe Construction Company, a long time supporter of RTMC, worked on the home of Mr. and Mrs. P in Silver Spring for their NRD project. Mr. and Mrs. P both suffer from serious medical complications and have found navigating their home to become a challenge over the past few years. Upon meeting the homeowners, the team members from Donohoe knew that they could leverage their relationships with business partners in order to address more of the P’s needs and make their lives safer and healthier. The generous contributions of time and materials allowed Donohoe to tackle a large scope of work and complete the necessary repairs for this aging Silver Spring couple.

RTMC interviewed Kelley Darling from Donohoe’s Corporate Communications department in order to get an insiders view on what National Rebuilding Day means to their organization, their employees, and business partners.

  1. What keeps Donohoe involved with Rebuilding Together Montgomery County and as a sponsor for National Rebuilding Day? 
    1. “RTMC serves as a niche where we happen to have some expertise, so our home sponsorship is a natural fit. We appreciate that RTMC does an excellent job of vetting and assigning homes, providing project guidance and facilitating project support like dumpsters and Montgomery County dump trucks so that we can concentrate on our goal — to restore/improve the access, health and safety of our assigned project for the homeowner.”
  2. As the coordinator for Donohoe, how do you explain National Rebuilding Day to prospective volunteers?
    1. “Donohoe has been involved with RTMC for many years, dating back to when you were called Christmas in April. So, many of our employees are very familiar with NRD and are looking to sign up every April. To the newcomers, we simply explain that it’s the most fun you’ll ever have on the weekend!”
  3. What is your favorite memory of this year’s National Rebuilding Day?
    1. “I’m really touched by all of the people who have contributed to this year’s project. Our subcontractors, who showed up to work many days throughout the month were amazing! Rover from Owl Pest did a thorough job, ultimately ridding the home of mouse and carpenter ant infestations, and he was incredibly kind to our homeowners in the process. Daniel from RV Carey fixed toilets and manned the grill to make everyone had lunch (he washed his hands first!). The ladies from Palm Cleaners were angels who graciously cleaned the home from top to bottom, twice. Lisbeth and her paint crew from Precision Wall painted the entire home and guided our volunteers to get it done correctly. And to top it all off, Donohoe volunteers showed up ready to work on April 28th and 29th – everyone was in full force, willing and proactively painting, digging and scrubbing – they went above and beyond to put the finishing touches on the house. It is just so inspiring to witness so many of our friends and colleagues motivated to come together and help out.”
  4. How does National Rebuilding Day compare to other volunteer events that Donohoe participates in?
    1. “Since we are a commercial real estate company, we are capable of taking on some of the heavier projects vetted by RTMC, and for that reason, NRD tends to be the most intense volunteer event that Donohoe participates in annually. We make the greatest effort to do as much as we can to improve our assigned project and support the family. The value of the scope of work we complete typically comes in the $30,000 range and involves coordinating at least 50 Donohoe employee volunteers in addition to engaging subcontractors to assist with donations and skilled work over a four week period culminating on NRD.”
  5. What do you think your volunteers gained from this experience?
    1. “Our volunteers gain an opportunity to team-build while giving back to the community – and to take ownership and pride in the project they choose to contribute to onsite. During this year’s rebuild, Mrs. P took a moment to let everyone know how much our work is helping she and her husband. It is satisfying to know you’ve made a difference – and that it’s appreciated. At project completion, Donohoe volunteers have shared that they feel they’ve made a positive impact for Mr. and Mrs. P’s family, they’ve made connections with colleagues and that they are motivated to continue to volunteer.”

To view more photo’s from Donohoe’s National Rebuilding Day project, or to check out other groups project’s, please visit our Facebook Page. We hope you will join us for 2019’s National Rebuilding Day!

RTMC Executive Director Announcement

Mark McCaffrey named Rebuilding Together Montgomery County’s Executive Director

Rebuilding Together Montgomery County’s (RTMC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark McCaffrey as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective April 30, 2018.

Mark brings more than 15 years of working with local and national nonprofits and extensive experience in Montgomery County. He has represented the Town of Glen Echo as a council member, has served on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue and is a graduate of the Montgomery County Police Citizens Academy.

“We engaged in an extensive search and transition process, spending several months identifying the qualities and talents RTMC needs in its next Executive Director,” said Jeffrey Drichta, RTMC’s Transition Committee Chair. “Of the more than 100 talented candidates who applied, Mark stood apart with his lifelong commitment to public service, building organizations and obvious passion for the work of RTMC and the Montgomery County citizens we serve and call our neighbors. We appreciate all the hard work of the RTMC Board, Staff, supporters, as well as Raffa, P.C. who guided the search process that led to our promising hiring of Mark.”

Previously, Mark was the Chief Operating Officer of Capital Area Food Bank, where he helped lead a $40 million dollar rebuilding and relocation project, taking the organization from its 60-year-old building to a brand new state of the art distribution center, allowing the organization to reach hundreds of people with fresh, healthy food. He has also served as the Chief Operating Officer and acting Chief Financial Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and as a Regional Director with the American Red Cross National Capital Region. In addition to his nonprofit experience, Mark brings renovation expertise, having run a home-renovations business the past few years.

Brian Pettit, RTMC’s Board President stated, “Mark has demonstrated strong leadership in the past and the qualities that embody RTMC in the future. We’re excited about him joining the organization and look forward to welcoming him at his first official outing: National Rebuilding Day, which takes place on Saturday, April 28th.”

“It’s a great honor to be selected for the position, and I am following someone [Christina Johnson] who did great work in this role for the past five years,” said Mark McCaffrey. “My hope is that, through our work, we can reach more and more people, whether it’s working with returning vets or individuals aging in place, to help make their homes safe and healthy, and contributing to healthier environments in Montgomery County.”

RTMC has helped hundreds of vulnerable and low-income people in Montgomery County by providing critical home repairs, energy efficiency upgrades and accessibility modifications. To learn more about RTMC and National Rebuilding Day, visit: https://rebuildingtogethermc.org/.