Monday, December 31, 2012

Thank you, Annual Giving Campaign donors!

As 2012 comes to a close, Rebuilding Together Seattle has a lot to be thankful for.  This month we are especially thankful for all of our individual donors who have made generous donations to this year's Annual Giving Campaign.  These donations are critical to supporting our programs year round, including our Safe at Home Program, which will provide at least 40 families with critical home repairs this fiscal year.  Thank you for making a difference! 


Alan Newstead
Amy and Bill Ferron
Amy Plumb (in honor of Jeremy Taylor)
Anonymous (in honor of Val Gorder)
Arnie and Katie Mondloch
Bettina Fletcher (in honor of Tim Brincefield)
Charlie and Becky Johnson
Charlie and Mikal Foushee
Dan and Lisa Gemme
David and Lisa Helber
David and Lisa McQueen
Gary and Angie Ballas
Gayle Roberts
Gemma Borg
George and Joanne White
Illis and Daryl Burke
Jacklin Foushee
Jean and Patrick Corr
Jim Robenalt
Joan Pratt and Lynne Berry
Jocelyn Minier
John Lell
Julia Schwab
Kathleen Kennedy
Magnuson Lowell, P.S.
Margie Thirlby
Mary and Mark Preuss
Mary and Tom Herche
Mary Jo Dedomenico
Mary Rademaker
Michael and Sandra Gorman
Monte and Nan Szendre
Nolan and Alicia Bradbury
Paul and Deborah Slatt
Pete and Karen Wickstrand
Randy and Amanda Rademaker
Renee and Josh Hartnett
Richard Johnson
Russ and Nancy Schultz
Sarah and Joel Ihrie
Scott Taylor and Jane Gross
Tim and Betsy Lane
Tom and Mary Herche 
Tracey and Elizabeth Steig
Val and Greg Gorder

It's not too late to give!  Our Annual Giving Campaign goes through the end of this fiscal year (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013).  Make a quick donation online today to end the tax year on a great note!  You can also mail a check (made out to "Rebuilding Together Seattle" to 811 Harrison St, Seattle WA 98109.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Thank you, Van Ness Feldman Gordon Derr donors!

In November, Van Ness Feldman GordonDerr law firm launched a special campaign with Rebuilding Together Seattle (RTS), asking their community to make donations to RTS that would all be matched by their firm (up to $250.00) to support the RTS mission.

To date, members of the Van Ness Feldman community (along with the RTS Staff and Board) have contributed $9,225.00 to RTS!  After the donations are matched, RTS will receive over $17,000 to help homeowners on our waiting list in need of essential home repairs.

Rebuilding Together Seattle sends a BIG thanks to all of our holiday match campaign donors for their support.  We also thank Van Ness Feldman for their incredible generosity to our organization.  In the Spring 2013, Van Ness Feldman Gordon Derr volunteers will utilize some of the funding to complete their first rebuilding day project with RTS to  help a deserving homeowner in need.  A win win for all!


Ann Bailey
Gary and Angie Ballas
Mary and Greg Blazek
Nolan and Alicia Bradbury
Bruce Brandsness
Julie Brandsness and Rick Griese
Linda Brown
Peter L. Buck
Bucklin/Evens PLLC (c/o Kerry Bucklin)
Nancy Cahill
Brent Carson
Clothier & Head P.S.
Stew Cogan and Nona Hasegawa
Michelle Connor and Mark Levensky
Lori Cora
Jay and Gaynelle Derr
Kati Dunn
Peter Erickson
Mary Fairhurst
Alix Foster
Marjorie Frost
Tom Frye
Dan and Lisa Gemme
G-Logics, Inc
Adam Gravley
Mary Hotchkiss
Nancy Hovis and Janine Johnson
Sarah and Joel Ihrie
Cristina Jorgenson
Ariane and Darren Justus
KBA, Inc. c/o Kris Betty
Lyn Keenan
John Koreny
Christopher Libby
Livengood Fitzgerald & Alskog, PLLC
Bo McFadden and Sharon Davidoff
Patricia McShea
Arnie Mondloch
Mundy Jo Holdings
Laureen Nicolay
Offices of Sharon Rice, Hearing Examinder, PLLC
Steve Parkinson
Sandra Lynn Perkins and Jeffrey Karl Ochsner
Plauche & Carr LLP
Kenneth Raedeke
Gayle Roberts
Schacht Aslani Architects
Russ and Nancy Schultz
Sabina Shapiro
Susan Shyne and Kirk Dawson
Susan Skillman and Philip Fenner
John and Shannon Stokke
Lorraine Taki
Margie Thirlby
Arthur Wahl
Thomas T. White Jr.

To learn more about how your company can support Rebuilding Together Seattle through your own matching campaign, please email

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Program Partner Highlights: GLY, Urban Steelworks, Cascade Pest Control, Seattle Bathtub Guy, & OutToday!

RTS Program Partner Highlights!

 Look out for this new monthly feature where we highlight program partners (in kind donors, outreach contacts, etc) that have gone above and beyond to help us meet our mission! 

This month would like to give a shout out to a few companies who have been so generous to donate their services to help us provide more home repairs to low-income homeowners! These companies include GLY Construction, Urban Steelworks, Cascade Pest Control,  Seattle Bathtub Guy, and OutToday Plumbing. We could not be more grateful for the time and effort they have spent helping to repair the homes of many deserving Seattle homeowners.

Thanks again to these extraordinary companies!

Monday, December 17, 2012

RTS Energizers: Joel and Jose, YPS Rebuilding Day

On Dec 8th, the RTS Young Professional Society worked on the home of a family living in Mountlake Terrace (with help from a Lowe's grant). Project Leader, Anne Timmermans, had a tough time choosing an RTS Energizer among all the great volunteers that day, especially considering the weather.  Anne's initial response to choosing an Energizer was "Besides everyone who stayed out in the rain????"

In the end, Anne decided that the award should go to a pair of new volunteers- Joel and Jose! According to Anne, "they were willing to do whatever and jumped right in during the rainstorm. They also had GREAT attitudes!" Plus, YPS needed a truck to pick up a stove for the family the following week and Joel graciously offered up his truck for the service. We hope they'll continue volunteering with us in the future!!

Joel (far left) and Jose (far right)
Congrats, Joel and Jose! 
Thanks for a great first project.

Friday, December 14, 2012

RTS Energizer: Bob Bynum, GLY Foreman

On Nov 30th, Rebuilding Together Seattle partnered with Lowe's, GLY Construction, and NAIOP to repair Lynda's home. The winner of the RTS Energzier Award goes to Bob Bynum of GLY Construction!

About Bob:

"A carpenter’s carpenter, Bob has a passion for building and is unrelenting in his pursuit of always doing things the right way (you can say he’s a little old school in that regard). Fueled by a quick wit and a steady infusion of Dr. Pepper, Bob is an invaluable member of the GLY team and always keeps things interesting. A complicated project is no match for Bob’s tireless work ethic and attention to detail." (written by Brad Kilcup, Project Leader)

Bob working hard at Lynda's house

Thanks, Bob!

Monday, December 10, 2012

The RTS Young Professionals Society helps out family in Mountlake Terrace!

Lowe's Energy Efficiency Grant, House #3:

On Saturday, volunteers from the RTS Young Professionals Society (YPS) spent the rainy afternoon helping out a family of five living in Mountlake Terrace. Homeowners, Val and Ryan live with their 9 year old son, Kayden, and Ryan's parents, Debbie and Rick. Volunteers replaced single pane windows, installed a new sliding door, performed interior and exterior weatherization and caulking, replaced old light bulbs with energy efficient light bulbs, and installed a new oven and stove.

This project was the last of three projects funded by a Lowe's energy efficiency grant that was awarded to RTS earlier this fall.

Great work, YPS!

YPS braves the rain
Getting rid of moss

RTS Board Member, Gayle Roberts, helping out
Homeowners, Val & Ryan
All smiles
Post service day brunch

And a big thank you to Lowe's for making this project possible!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Volunteers of the Month: Anne Timmermans & Michelle Holst

Anne & Michelle
This month we'd like to feature the amazing volunteer duo, Anne and Michelle! Our staff decided to feature these great volunteers for their leadership in planning one of the 3 house projects made possible through the Lowe's Energy Efficiency grant this fall.  As YPS President (Michelle) and YPS Service Chair (Anne), the duo took it upon themselves to turn the Lowe's project into an opportunity for the Young Professionals Society to do an additional service day. The project is scheduled for this Saturday, December 8th where YPS volunteers will be doing weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades and repairs for a family's home in Mountlake Terrace. Anne and Michelle have worked very hard to bring this project to fruition! Thanks, ladies!

Let's get to know Anne & Michelle:

How did you get involved with RTS?

Anne: About 3 years ago Gayle Roberts (Board of Directors) came to speak about RTS in one of the graduate construction classes I was in. There was an upcoming RTS & Sounders project at a high school, and my friend and I signed up.
Michelle: During high school I volunteered on a Rebuilding Together project (Christmas in April) and enjoyed the experience so much that I sought out RTS after I graduated from college.  With a quick email, I was in and helping out at the YPS quarterly service projects.

What do you enjoy most about working with our organization?

Anne: It's insanely rewarding on all levels. It's rewarding to do things for well-deserving homeowners, it's rewarding to work with great volunteers, and it's rewarding to have such great RTS staff.
Michelle: I love the feeling of accomplishment at the end of a service day. Spending the day surrounded by such a fun group of fellow YPS and RTS volunteers and getting to meet and help out deserving homeowners makes me very happy.

What do other volunteers say about RTS? 

Anne: That we are awesome.
Michelle: Lots of volunteers I've talked to after service projects are uplifted by the day's work. The most common thing I hear is, "When are we doing this again?!".

Why do they want to volunteer their time?

Anne: Because we are awesome.
Michelle: If they're anything like me, I'd imagine they are drawn to the experience. There's a big difference between donating money and donating your time. By doing some yard work, painting, construction or maintenance, you may learn something new AND you see the physical difference that you and your crew have made in real time. Plus, the volunteers are top notch people! Who could pass that up?

What about RTS' mission are you most drawn to?

Anne: Helping out well deserving homeowners who never thought they be in a situation where they needed help.
Michelle: Helping others live in warmth, safety, and independence. Everyone deserves these basic humane qualities of life and I feel honored to lend a hand up to those in my community who need it most.

{Check back in on Monday for updates on Saturday's project!}

Way to go, Anne & Michelle!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Rainier Beach senior receives help from Lowe's, GLY Construction, and NAIOP!

Lowe's Energy Efficiency Grant, House #2:

This past Friday, November 30, volunteers from GLY Construction and the Washington State chapter of NAIOP worked to restore Lynda's home, an elderly and disabled resident living in Rainier Beach. Volunteers installed handrails at the entryway stairs, installed new linoleum kitchen flooring, replaced the toilet, provided weatherstripping and a lock set at the west entryway, fixed a plumbing leak, replaced windows, and installed an energy efficient refrigerator!

Lynda and some of the volunteers

Brook and Brad (Project Leader)- DEMOLITION!

Kitchen floor (BEFORE)
Kitchen floor (AFTER)
Building new steps
Working on the toilet
Post demo and reconstruction of back porch!
*Photos by Laurie Ascanio, GLY Construction*

Thank you Lowe's, GLY Construction, and NAIOP for making this possible!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Youth Program Spotlight: Sophia & Selina!

Two of our Youth Program members have gone above and beyond volunteering in October and November!  Both Sophia and Selina began volunteering at RTS right after the interest meeting in October and they have been consistent and hardworking.

Sophia is a student at Holy Names and volunteers in two different capacities at RTS.  Every week, Sophia helps with client outreach for 2 hours.  She calls different organizations around Seattle and tells them about our programs.  Soon, she is planning on visiting a few food banks in person to share more about the services we offer.  Sophia is also a member of the Youth Program's first project planning team.  Sophia and two other students have begun the process of selecting a house project to complete with Youth Program volunteers!

Selina is a student at Holy Names as well and spends 2 hours a week making sure our warehouse is clean and organized!  She has also helped with various projects around the office, including prepping for our Annual Appeal Campaign.  The RTS Staff has really enjoyed getting to know these two volunteers and we greatly appreciate everything they've done to help RTS run smoothly.


Thank you Sophia & Selina! You girls rock!