Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Spring Rebuilding Day 2012 Sponsor Highlight: PEMCO Insurance!

PEMCO Insurance is on board for another transformative Spring Rebuilding Day! Last April, the group came together to help repair a Parkview Services home in Shoreline for residents with developmental disabilities. We are excited to see what is in store for PEMCO volunteers this spring!

Thank you, PEMCO Insurance!

RTS welcomes new Interns, Seung and Jenna!

RTS is thrilled to introduce our new Program & Development Interns, Seung Lee and Jenna Donohue!

Both current students at the University of Washington (Seattle), Seung and Jenna found out about our ongoing Internship Program through the UW Career Center and were recently selected through a competitive application process. RTS is excited for Seung and Jenna to share their talents with our organization and impact our mission.

Let's get to know our Interns!


Where do you go to school? What are you studying/thinking about majoring in? What are some of your hopes for future career aspirations?

I am a senior at University of Washington, double majoring in International Studies and Economics. I am graduating this June, and for my future I would like to work in a field where I can aid underdeveloped countries and people in need, either through NGOs or the government.

Why do you believe in the mission of Rebuilding Together Seattle?

I believe in the the mission of RTS because aiding our own community's members to maintain a safe and healthy home is absolutely essential, especially in current economic situations. I believe RTS empowers the communities and volunteers to help others, because even with many good intentions, coordination is necessary to carry out projects, and RTS does just that. What RTS carries out is wonderful and makes my heart feel warmer, spreading hope and love throughout our community.

What are you excited about the most in regard to your internship position with RTS?

I am very excited to help plan for the Spring Rebuilding Day. Planning a big event such as the Spring Rebuilding Day will be a very valuable and rewarding experience for me. I am also excited to work with the wonderful staff and the handsome dogs at RTS.

Tell us a bit about yourself – what are some of your interests outside of school and work?

I love to travel and meet diverse people. I studied abroad in Spain last year, and traveled around in Europe and Turkey, which opened my eyes to the different cultures and gave me an unforgettable experience. I also like reading and doing jigsaw puzzles in my spare time.


Where do you go to school? What are you studying/thinking about majoring in? What are some of your hopes for future career aspirations?

I go to the University of Washington. I’m currently applying to the Foster School of Business, and am unsure of what I’m going to focus in. I am considering double majoring in Social Welfare. Although I am still exploring careers and opportunities, I am hoping to get involved with a non-profit organization and work within the business aspect of it. I really want to feel fulfillment from my future career!

Why do you believe in the mission of Rebuilding Together Seattle?

I believe that everyone deserves equal opportunities. Your home is somewhere where you should be able to relax, enjoy time with your friends and family, and not have to worry about other issues going on around you. I really think Rebuilding Together Seattle has an amazing mission, because once you feel secure in your living situation, you most likely will be more apt to pursue other things in life! It’s a great cause that truly has our city’s interests at heart.

What are you excited about the most in regard to your internship position with RTS?

This will be my first internship, and I am beyond excited to get involved with an amazing organization that shows me how a non-profit works! I think the opportunity to see behind the scenes, and personally offer help to make this organization work, is going to be very fulfilling and exciting. I think I can get a lot of learning experience and knowledge from this internship as well, which hopefully will help me in my career goals as I get older.

Tell us a bit about yourself – what are some of your interests outside of school and work?

At UW I have done cheerleading for two years, and I am also part of a sorority. I love being social and involved with my friends and family, and having family dinners and gatherings. Yet outside of that, I really love to be active. I enjoy running and exercising. I recently have acquired an interest for hot yoga, and I love to spend the summer on the water and camping. I also love to travel and see different parts of the world. I am hoping some day I have the opportunity to travel for an extended amount of time so that I can get a deeper look at different cities and people from different parts of the world!

Say hi to Seung and Jenna!
Seung: slee@rtseattle.org
Jenna: jdonohue@rtseattle.org

Monday, March 26, 2012

RTS to partner with Sounders FC in June!

Listen up, Sounders fans! RTS will be teaming up with the Seattle Sounders FC for a third year in a row this June!

Through the Sounders' United We Serve program (in partnership with Seattle Bank), Rebuilding Together Seattle will partner with the Sounders' players and fans, along with Wilcox Construction (our Project Management team) on Wednesday, June 27th, to support a family in need of essential home repairs.

In June 2011, RTS helped a family living in South Park with the support of Turner Construction. Stay tuned for 2012 project updates next month!

RTS Foster Pepper Rebuilding Day on KOMO!

RTS thanks KOMO News for their great work sharing our recent Foster Pepper Rebuilding Day. Thank you for recognizing our volunteers and sharing about our homeowners, Evelyn and Buford.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Foster Pepper Rebuilding Day

Today, Foster Pepper PLLC is sponsoring a rebuilding day in SeaTac to benefit Evelyn and Buford Neal.  Buford lost both his legs due to his time served in WWII and the Korean War and the repairs and updates provided today will make his mobility safer and easier within his home.  Repairs include widening doorways, replacing appliances and flooring in the kitchen, bathroom and living room, fixing up the yard and patio, replacing two toilets, and much more!  Over 30 employees from Foster Pepper came out for the day with the support of 20 Vulcan, Inc. volunteers, who also provided amazing project management.  Thank you volunteers!!

Group Shot!

Buford and Evelyn 

Working on the bathroom!

Enjoying the sun as the volunteers work in the yard.

Thank you Foster Pepper and Vulcan!! 

**Tune your televisions to Komo 4 tonight at 6 PM to catch the story on the news!!** 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring Rebuilding Day 2012 Sponsor Highlight: Junior League of Seattle!

Junior League of Seattle is gearing up for their 22nd Spring Rebuilding Day! As our avid RTS supporters may know, JLS actually helped establish Rebuilding Together Seattle back in 1989 and participated in our very first Spring Rebuilding Day in April of 1990. It will come as no surprise then that JLS is a very important sponsor for us and we are THRILLED to welcome them back for what will surely be another fantastic year.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

SRD 2012 Top Sponsor Highlight: ASCE

RTS is excited to highlight one of our most long-term Sponsor groups: The Seattle Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). ASCE began their partnership with RTS in 2001, and have been working with our organization every year since then!

In April, ASCE will celebrate their 12th year of Spring Rebuilding Day participation! Last year, ASCE was presented with the RTS Ambassador's Award for their contributions to RTS throughout the years. RTS is fortunate to have the financial and volunteer support of ASCE, and truly appreciates the individual contributions of their members.

Let's hear from ASCE!
1. How did ASCE first get involved with Rebuilding Together Seattle?

ASCE has been involved since 2011. Check out the story and vintage photos here!


2. Why does ASCE support Rebuilding Together Seattle?

We are fortunate to be able to contribute financially to help RTS underwrite projects in Seattle, but the main reason we keep teaming up with RTS each year is that our members enjoy giving something back to someone here in our community. It gives us an chance to get together and build a ramp, or fix a floor, or help clean up a backyard. For some of our members it is a chance to learn home repair skills, for others it is an opportunity to improve their planning and project coordination skills as we try to maximize the work we can do on one house in one day. In addition, teaming up with RTS allows our members a chance to interact with other builders and people in the Seattle area, thereby giving us a chance to let people learn more about civil engineers and ASCE.

3. Share a little bit about the rebuilding day experience for your team – what’s it like for your volunteers? What is your favorite part of the day?

We enjoy house projects that we can assign a large number of volunteers to - some outside, some inside, cutting, cleaning, painting, building, running to the hardware store for more materials, and hauling off debris. As the day winds down, it is always nice to look at the project and see all that we accomplished in just one intensive day! I think our volunteers find great satisfaction in this.

4. Do you have a favorite memory with Rebuilding Together Seattle?

One of my favorite jobs was the house we built a new retaining wall and new steel fence on Capital Hill. Lots of people needed on that project to dig out and the old wall and replace it with a nice new concrete block wall!

Photos from Spring Rebuilding Day 2011 (photographs by Ray Loyola):

Thank you, ASCE, for your great partnership! We can't wait to see your team in action on April 28th!

Monday, March 19, 2012

SRD 2012 FREE t-shirt contest!

That's right! We're having our first ever Spring Rebuilding Day (SRD) 2012 FREE T-shirt contest. Our t-shirts are printing today in the factory (Kotis Design) and will be arriving later this week! Now we're going to give away one t-shirt to one lucky volunteer! This person will be the first person to own a SRD t-shirt (most of our volunteers will get their t-shirts on April 28th!).


Send an email to Claire Oatey at coatey@rtseattle.org (by this Friday, March 23rd) with an answer (in 100 words or less) that answers the following question:

"Why do you believe in the mission of Rebuilding Together Seattle?"

Our office will pick our favorite response and share the winning quote (along with the runners up) with our community to announce the winner next week!

T-shirt sizing: S - 2XL

Thank you for your participation!

RTS visits Kotis Design for SRD 2012 T-shirt printing!

Today Rebuilding Together Seattle visited Kotis Design's t-shirt printing factory in Tukwila to see our Spring Rebuilding Day 2012 t-shirts being printed live!

Check out the action!

Thank you, Zach and Jessica (Kotis Design), for the tour!

Stay tuned for a special t-shirt contest we'll be announcing later today!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

RTS Thanks InterConnection!

RTS sends a BIG THANKS to InterConnection.org for helping us remove used software from our office! On Monday, InterConnection came to our office and hauled away a truckload of used computers, keyboards, printers, and more!

Thank you, InterConnection, for helping us with this project and for all you do meet your mission!


Our mission

Our mission is to make information and communication technology accessible to underserved communities around the world. We accomplish this mission by providing high-quality refurbished computers to non-profit and non-governmental organizations.

InterConnection is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

As a national organization that refurbishes and ships computers and laptops worldwide, we are focused on reuse instead of recycling, and are committed to the highest standards for clean, green computer recycling and disposing of parts and peripherals.

What we offer

  • Computer training and education to low-income volunteers. Low-income volunteers gain valuable hands-on computer hardware training in our Seattle Learning Center while refurbishing second-hand computer equipment so we can ship it to underserved communities worldwide.
  • Low-cost computers to non-profit and non governmental organizations around the world. Providing computers helps organizations struggling to make a difference with access to communication and resources.
  • A way for people and businesses to safely and charitably dispose of their used computer equipment. We make it easy, too.

How we help the environment

  • Promote reuse as an alternative to recycling. We extend the life of working computers by refurbishing them for reuse.
  • Provide safe disposal for toxic materials contained in computer equipment. Equipment that can't be refurbished for reuse is recycled according to stringent environmental standards.
  • Keep computer parts and equipment out of landfills. We work with local recycling experts to ensure that no parts or equipment end up in landfills.
VISIT: www.interconnection.org

SRD 2012 Top Sponsor Highlight: Howard S. Wright

Introducing one of our top Spring Rebuilding Day 2012 sponsors, HOWARD S. WRIGHT!

Howard S. Wright will be joining us for their third year of partnership in April. We are thrilled to have their team involved. In 2011, Howard S. Wright helped Ruth, an elderly and disabled homeowner living in Ballard. In 2010, the group helped Wesley, a disabled homeowner living in South Seattle, creating one of our most inspiring homeowner stories of the year. We are excited to see Howard S. Wright's impact this year!

Let's hear from Howard S. Wright!

How did Howard S. Wright first get involved with Rebuilding Together Seattle? How many years have you participated?

A number of our employees wanted to work together with some of the unique skills that we possess and give back to the Seattle community to those most in need. This will be our third year of group participation and sponsorship.

Why does Howard S. Wright support Rebuilding Together Seattle?

It is an opportunity to help others. Also it is a great team building experience for our employees.

Share a little bit about the rebuilding day experience for your team – what’s it like for your employees/volunteers? What is your favorite part of the day?

Our team works hard, sweats a little and smiles and laughs a lot. It brings much joy to provide our people, tools, materials, and expertise to help those that are unable to help themselves. Two of our most memorable projects were constructing wheelchair ramps for people confined to a wheel chair. Providing them access to the outdoors, and freedom to do the things in life they enjoy cannot be put into words.

Do you have a favorite memory with Rebuilding Together Seattle?

Just seeing the joy in peoples faces at the end of a successful day of hard work stays with us for a very long time. Specifically seeing the smile on Wesley's face (our homeowner from 2010) and the thank you letter received from Ruth (our homeowner from 2011) is our favorite memories.

While helping Wesley for the day, we sent his dog to the groomer! Wesley’s best friend looked like a million bucks and the joy in Wesley

A l’s eyes was priceless!

Thank you, Howard S. Wright!

Dear Volunteers with Rebuilding Together Seattle:

How can I ever thank you enough for all that you did for me in April?

I appreciate so very much. I'm so happy every day looking around at all the

things you did for me, especially the ramp, so now I can get down to the

public sidewalk with my power chair. May God bless each and everyone of

you and meet all your needs. Thanks again,

Ruth Andrews