The Grille at Flower Hill, a local restaurant and Gaithersburg favorite, will be sponsoring a fundraiser this Thursday evening, April 7, starting at 6 PM to support the service project being hosted later this month by Rebuilding Together Montgomery County’s AmeriCorps service members. The Grille will generously donate 10% of all dinner sales between 6 PM and 9 PM to RTMC to help pay for the cost of the materials RTMC’s service members will need to repair a local nonprofit facility.
To successfully complete their service term, AmeriCorps service members are required to plan, develop, and execute a community service project that helps address a social problem facing the community. This year, RTMC’s service members Claire Durst and Lianna Harbeson will be leading a group of volunteers from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in repairing a facility operated by Lead4Life, a local nonprofit dedicated to reducing the number of youth entering the juvenile justice system, the number of out-of-home placements, and the youth recidivism rate. This project will not only create a more vibrant and welcoming space for Lead4Life’s clients, it will allow Lead4Life to focus its resources on what it does best, serving at-risk youth throughout Montgomery County.
“The work done by RTMC and its AmeriCorps service members is critical to improving the lives of some of our most vulnerable neighbors here in Montgomery County,” said Aaron Gonzales, Director of Development at Rebuilding Together Montgomery County. “This work is only possible through the help and support of civic-minded businesses like The Grille. Bill Moore and his team at The Grille never cease to amaze us with their dedication to giving back to the communities in which they live and work, and we can’t thank them enough for the support they are providing to our AmeriCorps service members.”
If you would like to help support this wonderful project, please join us at The Grille, located at 18257 Flower Hill Way, Gaithersburg, MD 20879, this Thursday anytime between 6 PM and 9 PM. You will be providing much needed support to a wonderful cause and enjoying some of the best food in town in the process.
Rebuilding Together Montgomery County extends its congratulations to longtime partner Trunnell Electric for being honored by the Washington Business Journal with a 2016 Family Owned Business Award. On behalf of Trunnell Electric, WBJ event sponsors Cardinal Bank will be making a $500 grant to the Trunnell’s charity of choice: Rebuilding Together Montgomery County.
“We are ecstatic about Trunnell’s award and grateful for both Trunnell and Cardinal Bank for their investment in Rebuilding Together Montgomery County,” says executive director Christina Betancourt Johnson. “Trunnell’s long-standing engagement with RTMC is only one facet of their multi-dimensional commitment to our community and we’re proud to call them partners.”
Trunnell Electric is a family owned business that has been around for eighty years, opened in 1936, under the direction of brothers, W. K. Trunnell and Leroy B. “Dutch” Trunnell. They made a name for themselves providing services to Montgomery County and Washington DC. The company is now owned and run by the 2nd and 3rd generations of the Trunnell family. In 1946 they opened a showroom on Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, becoming a part of the community. Over the years the company grew as Montgomery County expanded and through the mid-1960’s became responsible for the electrical wiring of over 65% the new homes built in Chevy Chase, Bethesda and the Upper Northwest in the District. During that time Trunnell Electric also added commercial clients to their extensive list of customers served, eventually this lead to a move to Rockville. Trunnell Electric has been a mainstay in the community ever since and the family looks forward to providing excellent service for many years to come.
Gaithersburg, MD (October 2015) –The 23rd annual RTMC Golf Classic kicked off with abundant sunlight, stunning greens, and enthusiastic golfers. Participants were again welcomed by the Redskinettes to the beautiful Whiskey Creek clubhouse to register, collect a gift bag, and mingle with other local professionals. Despite a dramatic weekend, courtesy of Hurricane Joaquin, the sun came out in force to make for a wonderfully crisp autumn day of golf.
Golfers tried their hands at sinking a hole-in-one for a Ford pickup truck, played alongside Re/Max long-driving champion and former Pittsburgh Pirate Bob Bradley, and competed for course glory with best putt, straightest drive, and closest to the pin contests. Lunch, provided by Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge, fueled the players with an exquisite buffet, and a delicious dinner menu provided by Whiskey Creek’s excellent chefs helped closeout the event.
For 17 years the Annual Golf Classic has helped raise critical funds to ensure that RTMC, a nonprofit housing organization, can continue to serve Montgomery County’s most vulnerable residents. This year the tournament generated more than $49,000 to help us help those most in need!
Congratulations to our top three teams!
1st – Jones Lang LaSalle (Chris Coccaro, Danny Sheridan, David Anderson, & Art Lafionatis) 2nd – McGladrey LLP (Bob Billig, Kevin McGovern, Joe Salisbury, & George Magas) 3rd – ARC Document Solutions (Dennis Dillon, Jeff Phifen, Mike Price, & Kevin Price)
RTMC would like to thank all of our sponsors who helped make this year’s tournament a great success:
Lerch, Early & Brewer
Main Street Homes
Petitt Family Charitable Foundation
Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge
Hole In One Sponsor
Hole And Tee Sponsors
Mister, Burton, & French
Meridian Construction Co.
The Grille At Flower Hill
Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen And Bath
Drink More Water, Inc
The George L. Shields Family Foundation
Whiskey Creek Golf Course
Charity Golf International
Whitetail Ski Resort
Stone Manor Inn
RTMC Volunteers and Staff
Ms. Harper, a single mother with three adult children, had lived alone in her home for several years. As a result of several unexpected events, Ms. Harper’s home went from a household of one to a household of 6-10 family members at various times throughout the last several years. Despite her steady job, she has struggled financially to maintain a healthy and safe home for her family.
Normal wear and tear and the inability to invest in adequate home repairs caused her house to deteriorate quickly.
In addition to several HVAC problems and critical plumbing issues, the home had loose faulty handrails, unsafe doors and latches, and cracked walls. New paint also was badly needed for the and heavily soiled walls and ceilings.
With very few places to turn, Ms. Harper reached out and to RTMC was able to answer her call for help. Help came from a few great student volunteers and their dads, along with a sizeable donation of in-kind labor (skilled and unskilled) and materials from CM Conlan Contractors & Builders, RTMC was able to answer her call!
Bringing with them an energetic team of skilled workers and committed father-and-daughter volunteers, Caroline Conlon and her father, Chris, helped to make critical repairs and upgrades for this deserving mother in Germantown, Maryland. (Caroline Conlon is a junior at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. Chris Conlan, Caroline’s dad, is President and CEO of CM Conlan Contractors & Builders.)
Below is a short excerpt from a story written by two of the Stone Ridge volunteers, Lexi Catalano and Caroline Conlan, documenting their experience as RTMC volunteers.
“Volunteering for Rebuilding Together Montgomery County was such a rewarding experience and it will last in all of our hearts forever. With the help of the student volunteers and our fathers, we were able to spend a full day, laughing, working and learning the importance of service…
Our volunteer day mainly consisted of repainting stained walls, removing carpeting, landscaping, and painting baseboards and doors, all of which were memorable events that incorporated the work of the whole volunteer team.
We arrived at the build site early in the morning, a team of thirteen girls and seven dads, all ready and willing to help out. Although many of us had little prior experience in home renovation, we quickly organized into teams, received our instructions, picked up our paintbrushes and rollers, and began to work. The project seemed daunting at first… However, with the determination of our volunteers, the cooperation of everyone involved, and even help from the house’s residents, we discovered that a small number of people really can make a big difference…
Often times, at the end of a build, the resident of the home will express his or her gratitude by saying “thank you” to the volunteers, but it is the volunteers who should be thanking the residents. They provide us with a unique opportunity to come together and serve the homes and the hearts of others… In the midst of our hectic lives, we often take for granted our greatest blessings, such as the place in which we live…
When we take time to give back to those in need, we give of ourselves to others, creating lasting memories that help us grow as individuals and as a community. In the end, as we packed our tools and looked over our work one last time, the most gratifying aspect of the entire build was knowing that our efforts changed a family’s life by transforming a house into a home.”
Below is a note from Ms. Harper to RTMC and the volunteers who worked on her home.
“I am grateful and thankful for the Rebuilding Together program.
When my children fell on difficult times , they had to return home as a result. They did not return home alone, but rather with their children. My household went from one to 6-10 people at any given time throughout the year. The past three to four years have been very challenging and overwhelming for us all and it’s been hard to keep things together in my home.
Because of your (RTMC’s) program, I am able to re-establish my home with a new-found sense of pride and ownership. CM Conlan Contractors & Builders and the girls from Stone Ridge did an amazing renovation job! They were all very kind, caring and thoughtful individuals.
Mr. Conlan and his daughter Caroline, and the entire crew, did some very special things in my home, including but not limited to replacing broken and outdated hardware in my kitchen and baths, replacing light fixtures, updating faulty showerheads, mounting multi-hook racks in the bathroom to accommodate my homes new residents, and installing new smoke detectors to protect my family from dangerous fires. They also replaced my entire back patio area for safer play and did beautiful landscaping work which makes me happy to come home!
I just want to say that the entire team of skilled professionals and volunteers were amazing and I thank you very much for allowing my family to be blessed in such an amazing way!”
While all volunteering provides a great and valuable experience for all, family volunteering provides very specific benefits, including:
• Teaching teens the importance of caring for others,
• Giving adults the opportunity to be positive role models,
• Providing your family with new skills,
• Introducing your family to new people in the community,
• Building a stronger family unit by developing shared memories, and
• Addressing the needs of our community’s less fortunate in a safe, friendly, and collaborative work environment.
If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering with us, please contact Emma Byrnes at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you or someone you know is interested in applying for RTMC’s home repair services, please complete our Homeowner Application or contact Emma Byrnes at email@example.com for more information.
County residents are invited to register for the Stepping On program, a free balance and fall prevention program that meets on seven consecutive Mondays, beginning August 3 in Gaithersburg. The two hour class meets from 10 a.m. to noon at the Benjamin Gaither Center, located at 80A Bureau Drive in Gaithersburg. Class will not meet on Monday, September 7 (Labor Day).
The evidence-based program will cover topics such as medications, home safety, vision, footwear and much more. Working in a small group, participants will build strength and increase knowledge of ways to reduce and/or eliminate falls through presentations by guest experts, discussion and exercise. Participants will practice balance and strength exercises for 10-15 minutes in each session.
The program is recommended for older adults who walk unassisted, use a cane indoors and out, or use a walker outside only; who have fallen one or more times; who limit their activities because of a fear of falling; who are cognitively intact; who speak English; who live in their own home or other independent living facility; or who are known to be at risk of falling. Participants must commit to attending all seven classes and, if possible, the final booster session in December.
The class is sponsored by Montgomery County Health and Human Services, Aging & Disability Services.
For more information or to register, call Phyllis Elperin at 240-773-8268.
Bethesda, MD (September 16, 2015) –This morning, Total Wine & More, America’s largest, independently owned retailer of fine wine, beer and spirits, celebrated the opening of its corporate offices in Bethesda, MD by holding a ribbon cutting celebration and awarding ten local nonprofits, including Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, with $10,000.00 for their work in local communities.
Total Wine & More’s co-owners, brothers David and Robert Trone, have a strong commitment to the communities where their stores are located and since the founding of the company have partnered with local charitable organizations that do outstanding work in their communities.
At David and Robert’s direction, and as part of the headquarters grand opening celebration, Total Wine & More asked its employees to nominate outstanding Montgomery County charitable organizations for special grants that would be distributed at its grand opening event.
As a result of the Total Wine & More employee letter below, RTMC was awarded a $10,000.00 gift made public at today’s event.
I would like to suggest “Rebuilding Montgomery County Together” non-profit organization [for this year’s grant awards]. I live in Montgomery County and since I have worked for TWM, my daughter has been diagnosed with Leukemia and we have been going through hard-times. She was in the hospital for six months and in order for her to come home, things needed to be done to the old house. I reached out to these people asking for help because I couldn’t afford to have these alterations done to my house (single parent caring for elderly mother and daughter) and they generously came to our house and removed mold, built railings (daughter is in wheelchair now), replaced furnace, etc all at no charge to us. I feel that this organization is an invaluable part of Montgomery County and I know personally just how they have helped me and my family when we needed it the most. Please, please consider this organization as they help many people who are in unfortunate situations.
Thank you for your consideration.
RTMC would like to thank the Trone family and Total Wine & More for their commitment to our community. We’d also like to thank Ms. Sorenson for her willingness to share her story and “pay it forward” with a grant recommendation. Because of her nomination, RTMC now has $10,000.00 dollars which can be invested to help other residents in need. Thank you!
“No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.”
On behalf of the staff and board at Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, I thank you for your countless hours spent nailing, drilling, cleaning, sweeping, painting, praying and supporting our homeowners in need.
Each client you serve enjoys the benefits of less stress, a safer and healthier home, and the security of knowing that they and family can remain living in their home for years to come.
On August 8th, at the Nationals Park, we were able to enjoy a beautiful night of baseball with our committed, extended RTMC family of volunteers. Though the Rockies rallied for 6-4 win over Nationals that night…we felt like we’d won because of the team effort you put forth on each and every home repair project completed this year.
Each of you play an integral role in ensuring that we keep our costs down while increasing our community impact. Together, we’re able to rebuild homes, restore hope, and revitalize communicates across Montgomery County.
We truly appreciate your dedication to RTMC and hope you recognize, as we do, the valuable role you play in building stronger homes and communities thorough your volunteer service.
Thank you for your commitment we hope that you’ll join us again next year!
-Christina B. Johnson, Executive Director at Rebuilding Together Montgomery County
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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On June 12th, volunteers from Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, JBG and the Sears Heroes at Home program completed home renovations for U.S. Army veteran Charles Sherman and his wife, Anne Colbert. Mr. Sherman and his wife have lived in their Gaithersburg, Maryland home for the past 15 years. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Mr. Sherman had to be moved into a long-term care facility. Ms. Sherman now bears the brunt of the responsibilities in the home and has been unable to make the much-needed repairs to the home.
Prior to the team’s home repair project, the Sherman family had been living without several working appliances (including a functioning stove, oven and dryer), navigating down broken and dangerous stairs, and functioning with inoperable electrical outlets in 50% of their home.
Working side by side, volunteers painted the entire exterior of the house and reframed a new front and back staircase so that family members could enter and exit the home safely. Thanks to the generous investments made by both JBG and Sears, RTMC was able to make extensive electrical repairs throughout the home. RTMC was also able to purchase and new appliances for the Sherman family. These home repairs not only improved the home but improved the quality of life for the Sherman family.
Ms. Colbert was overwhelmed by the volunteer’s generosity and deeply touched by the reality that complete strangers cared about her and her family’s living conditions. “I can pick up a broom and clean my home, but fixing these long-overdue repairs is something else entirely. I mean, your team is providing me and my husband with something that we simply could not provide ourselves. This is huge for us. I feel good, and blessed and humbled by what you’re doing for me and other people in our community. Thank you, thank you, thank you,” said Ms. Colbert to the volunteers as they completed a long day’s work on her home.
Rebuilding Together joins the Sherman family by thanking the JBG Companies and the Sears Heroes at Home program for their engagement as we repair homes, renew hope and revitalize neighborhoods across Montgomery County.
ADDITIONAL INFO ABOUT THE SEARS HEROES AT HOME PROGRAM:
This spring marks the eighth year of Sears Heroes at Home, which has raised more than $18 million for veteran homeowners nationwide. The Sherman home renovation is one of the hundreds of projects that are made possible through generous customer donations both in-store and online at Sears. Now through Aug. 1, Sears is encouraging Shop Your Way members and customers to give back to the men and women who served our country by donating to Heroes at Home at their local Sears store or via online at a link at sears.com/heroesathome.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery interval=”3″ images=”21722,21730,21714,21725,21718,21719,21720,21721,21723″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” column_number=”2″ type=”qode_gallery” grayscale=”no”][/vc_column][/vc_row]
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]RTMC’s committed volunteers do great work, but every now and then, one of our volunteer teams goes above and beyond the scope of work to pull off what we’d classify as an “extreme home makeover”.
This National Rebuilding Day, the Neelsville team did just that- completely upgrading the living conditions for one homeowner living in Poolesville, MD, Ms. A. Scott. In a heartfelt letter to his volunteers, house captain Craig Arold delivers a short summary and heart-warming thank you to his project team volunteers.
Please read below and check out the pictures to see the life-changing transformation that this team made for Ms. Scott.
“Team Neelsville & Friends: What a great month we had in Poolesville completing our 12th annual Rebuilding Together project! For those of you that have participated in past projects, you certainly know that this one was quite transformational. Not only was the house structure and appearance dramatically changed, but more importantly, it had a huge positive impact on the living conditions of our resident, Ms. A. Scott. Her life is now changed through this experience and so are ours.
Many of you saw up close how the rotted exterior structure left places on the siding where the only thing separating Ms. Scott’s bedroom from the cold weather was the interior wall paper. After we removed the siding, you also saw how most of the front wall structure was disintegrated. Those of you that put on suits, masks, and goggles to brave the dirty job in the crawl space saw that all of the insulation under her bedroom and the front of the house was completely gone, leaving the entire floor exposed to the cold. The interior crew saw how years of a leaking roof left the ceilings falling down in almost every room.
Consider the past few long, cold winters, and imagine what Ms. Scott must have been thinking and praying about when she went to bed at night and when she got up each morning. Now think about God’s grace.
Think about how your financial contributions to Neelsville Presbyterian Church helped support the Rebuilding Together (RT) organization and has allowed us to sponsor a house each year. How that RT team diligently evaluates applicants and assesses their needs. And finally, how the RT team assigns big projects to a team that knows how to get things done. All of this is God at work through every hand that touched this project. The included pictures tell the rest of the story.
God bless each of you for your commitment to this mission!
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After a rigorous application and review process, Maryland Nonprofits has awarded Rebuilding Together Montgomery County with the Standards for Excellence Full Accreditation. This Accreditation and Seal for Excellence demonstrates that RTMC has achieved the highest level of nonprofit ethics and accountability in all areas of management and governance, reviewed by both anonymous peers and Maryland Nonprofits staff. The third party review of RTMC’s policies, procedures, and practices also reinforce to our donors and partners that Rebuilding Together Montgomery County is committing the needed resources to expand capacity, manage infrastructure and advance its work across Montgomery County.
Christina Betancourt Johnson, RTMC executive director notes, “undergoing the Institute’s rigorous review process was no small feat. It allowed us to take a step back from the day to day operations and really identify the areas in which we’d grown and excelled. It also helped us identify areas of opportunity for the organization, which in my mind, is critical for mission advancement.”
For more about the accreditation and recognition process or program, please visit the Standards for Excellence Institute.