Thursday, April 26, 2012

Local Charity to Celebrate 22 Years of Service by Restoring 22 Homes in one day

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
CONTACT: Margie Thirlby, (206) 992-5512

Local Charity to Celebrate 22 Years of Service by Restoring 22 Homes in one day

1,000 volunteers to help low income families in need of critical home repairs

Seattle, WA – On Saturday, April 28, from 8 AM to 4 PM, Rebuilding Together Seattle ( will celebrate its major program event, Spring Rebuilding Day, were 1,000 volunteers will provide $500,000 in market value home improvement projects in one day.  In an effort to help homeowners live in warmth, safety and independence, Rebuilding Together Seattle provides homes and nonprofit facilities with critical repairs, modifications, and energy-efficient upgrades at no cost to the individuals served.

Spring Rebuilding Day (also known as National Rebuilding Day) is part of Rebuilding Together’s national effort to preserve affordable housing and revitalize neighborhoods through renovation services.  Approximately 200 Rebuilding Together affiliates nationwide will complete over 4,000 projects in one day.  Locally, Rebuilding Together Seattle has identified 22 projects in the greater Seattle area where volunteers will perform a range of repairs including: electric work, plumbing, carpentry, gutter repair, landscaping, cleaning, debris removal, and security improvements.  Recipients of Rebuilding Together Seattle’s services include the elderly, disabled, families with children, and veterans in need.

Among the 22 projects, RTS will be assisting 15 elderly homeowners, more than 11 families with disabilities, eight nonprofit facilities, six veteran homeowners and their families, and three families with children.  Sponsor group, Wright Runstad & Company, will restore the home of Margot Massey, an elderly woman and widow of a veteran living in Southwest Seattle (2907 SW Cloverdale St, Seattle, WA 98126). Volunteers will replace appliances, make security and safety improvements, replace carpeting, complete essential plumbing repairs, and clean up the yard and garage.  Top sponsor group, Greenpoint Technologies, will repair a Parkview Services home for adults living with developmental disabilities (13736 Meridian Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133). Volunteers will replace the cook-top and oven, patch and paint the interior of the home, replace kitchen and bathroom flooring, clean the interior and exterior, and repair a damaged ceiling with new paneling. 

More than 40 local organizations and companies are participating through event sponsorships, in-kind donations, and volunteer support, including other top sponsors, Sears, Booz Allen Hamilton, Perkins Coie, and Wells Fargo.  Joining the 1,000 volunteers will be First Gentleman, Mike Gregoire, and Washington Department of Veterans Affairs Director, John Lee.

To get more information on Spring Rebuilding Day (including additional sites and addresses) please call the Rebuilding Together Seattle office at 206.682.1231. This event will offer exceptional visuals and homeowner interviews; all media are encouraged to attend.  To discuss site locations, client stories, and best time frames for media visits on April 28th, please contact RTS Executive Director, Margie Thirlby, at 206.992.5512. 

Rebuilding Together Seattle was established in 1989 and is part of the national Rebuilding Together organization with approximately 200 affiliates nationwide.  Rebuilding Together Seattle is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to bring volunteers and communities together to help low income homeowners live in warmth, safety and independence.  To learn more about Rebuilding Together Seattle, please visit or call 206.682.1231.


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