Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC) announced today that nonprofit leader Maury Peterson has been named its new Executive Director. Peterson brings 25 years of domestic and international nonprofit, foundation and corporate philanthropy leadership experience to RTMC.
“Choosing the right person to lead Rebuilding Together Montgomery County is one of the most important decisions we make as a Board, and we are extraordinarily fortunate that Maury will be serving as our next Executive Director,” explained incoming Board President Nancy Floreen. “The Board is excited about the energy, passion, networks and national and international experience Maury brings to our organization, and we look forward to continuing our mission of repairing homes, revitalizing communities and rebuilding lives in Montgomery County. She added, “It is particularly important during this time of COVID-19 that we be in the strongest position possible to address the extraordinary need for safe and healthy homes.”
Peterson has a passion for and a long history of working with vulnerable populations.
“I am honored and humbled to join such a committed team and Board at Rebuilding Together Montgomery County. I look forward to building on the great work to provide free critical home repair, accessibility modifications and energy efficiency upgrades for Montgomery County’s most vulnerable low-income residents – seniors, veterans, individuals with disabilities and families with young children,” said Peterson.
Most recently, Peterson was the Executive Director at the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter in Bentonville, Arkansas. The Children’s Shelter is the largest shelter in Arkansas serving children who are victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect. She also work in Boston for 16 years as a nonprofit and corporate philanthropy leader. She served as Executive Director at Parenting Journey supporting at-risk families and spent nearly 12 years as head of the Grand Circle Foundation. During her tenure, she awarded $50 million in grants to schools and nonprofits in the US and in more than 30 countries. Peterson also held positions serving a variety of vulnerable populations in Mauritius, Switzerland, Rwanda and Zimbabwe, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University and a Master of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.
Maury Peterson can be reached at MPeterson@rebuildingtogethermc.org or 301-947-9400 ext. 100
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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
[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!
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.
“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.
What keeps Donohoe involved with Rebuilding Together Montgomery County and as a sponsor for National Rebuilding Day?
“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.”
As the coordinator for Donohoe, how do you explain National Rebuilding Day to prospective volunteers?
“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!”
What is your favorite memory of this year’s National Rebuilding Day?
“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.”
How does National Rebuilding Day compare to other volunteer events that Donohoe participates in?
“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.”
What do you think your volunteers gained from this experience?
“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!
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.