Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Volunteer of the Month: David Kimelman

David, working on installing some insulation

David Kimelman has been on the Safe at Home team with Rebuilding Together Seattle for over a year now and despite his limited time he spends most of his Sundays helping out a homeowner in need. He is currently working on his fifth project and RTS could not be more grateful for his involvement. His commitment to helping those in need is inspiring.

Let's hear from David!

1. How did you get involved with RTS?

I had been looking for a way to give back to the community using skills I developed while remodeling an old Seattle house, but found it hard to identify something that would fit in with my limited free time. The RTS Safe at Home Program is perfect since I can work on my own schedule and yet still spend significant time contributing to others.

2. What do you enjoy most about working with our organization?
It is a great pleasure to see the joy I can bring people when I repair or improve something in their house that has been a big frustration for them. Whether it was fixing the decaying exterior of a mobile home or making an elderly woman feel safe when taking a shower by providing grab bars, it has been wonderful to see how it makes people feel better about their living situation.
3. What do others say when you share about your involvement with RTS?

People really like the idea of RTS since everyone can relate to things that they want fixed in their own house. I also find it very interesting that despite the great political divisions in our country these days, people from all sides of the political spectrum are impressed by what RTS is doing when I tell them about it.
4. What about RTS' mission are you most drawn to?

Providing people of lesser means the ability to have a well functioning and safe home. While everyone deserves this, the truth is that not everyone can afford it, and it is great that RTS brings together the people with the skills and the people who need the help.

The following photos are from David's first project, helping Scott, a single father, repair his siding, install insulation, paint the exterior, and rebuild his front steps. Check out these amazing before and afters!!



Thank you, David, for helping homeowners in need live in warmth, safety, and independence!

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