Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spring Rebuilding Day 2013 T-Shirt Color VOTING CONTEST!


It's that time of year again! Rebuilding Together Seattle is busy making preparations for our 23rd Annual Spring Rebuilding Day!  We have 28 projects underway, all of which will all take place on Saturday, April 27th!

One fun part of planning for Spring Rebuilding Day is making plans for our official volunteer t-shirt! Each year we ask our volunteers to vote on the color.

Last year's t-shirt (by Kotis Design):

Due to the great popularity of our t-shirt design last year, we will be using the same (front side) design this year, but with a different color!  Here are our 2013 color voting options:


 Coral Silk

 Antique Jade Dome


 Irish Green

VOTE TODAY! Spring Rebuilding Day volunteers may visit our quick survey to vote on their color of choice!  This will be a short and sweet voting contest!  All votes must be submitted by Monday, April 1st at 5:00 PM!

Questions? Email  Happy voting!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Woodinville High School students help residents at Parkview group home

This past Saturday students from Woodinville High School and many of their parents volunteered their time to help make the lives of the residents with developmental disabilities a little easier in their group home.  The two students in charge, Dean and Conner,  worked closely with RTS Board President, Russ Schultz to plan the project.  The group demolished a rotting deck and fence, replaced old carpeting with hard flooring for easier wheelchair movement, touched up paint and completed a lot of yard work.

The volunteers demolished the unsafe and rotting deck...

 And built a safer step for the residents to exit to the yard!

The volunteers replaced old carpeting...

With flooring that is more conducive to wheelchairs.

Volunteers painted the hallways that had been scratched up from wheelchairs

 and gave the residents a nice place to enjoy the outdoors by cleaning up the yard.

Amazing work, volunteers!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Volunteers of the Month: Quinn, Sophia, & Kyle (Youth Program)

The Dream Team!
We had no problem choosing our Volunteers of the Month for February! Three high school students and members of the newly improved RTS Youth Program served as Project Managers for a home repair project for Vallerie and her family.  Quinn, Sophia, & Kyle worked together (with help from RTS AmeriCorps member, Jeni) to identify a project, recruit volunteers, identify a work scope, buy materials, and complete a successful Rebuilding Day!

"I was really impressed with Kyle, Quinn and Sophia and how they planned and executed the project for Vallerie. They all have different strengths that complemented each other very well and enabled them to work well together. Besides being responsible and respectful, they were also a lot of fun to work with. I enjoyed getting to know each of them throughout the process. They have made a great impact in Vallerie’s life and in mine."
(written by Jeni Goeke, AmeriCorps Program and Outreach Coordinator)

Let's hear from Quinn, Sophia, & Kyle!

1.  How did you get involved with RTS?

I got involved with RTS by hearing about it at school. (Quinn)

I became involved with RTS through my church when I volunteered with them on Spring Rebuilding Day last year. (Sophia)

I got involved with RTS through school. It was an option on the list of ideas. (Kyle)

2. What do you enjoy most about working with our organization?

What I enjoyed most about working with the organization was meeting new people and seeing the joy it gave the homeowner. (Quinn)

I enjoy working with the homeowners and seeing the transformation that can occur in one day. (Sophia)

I enjoyed getting to know the team I worked on and seeing a different side of life in Seattle. (Kyle)

3. What do other volunteers say about RTS?

Other volunteers say that RTS was a great/fun experience. (Quinn)

Other volunteers say that RTS is a great organization and my friends and family that I brought to the project were interested in volunteering with RTS again on other projects. (Sophia)
The other kids and people I worked with seemed to enjoy everything just as much as I did. (Kyle)

4.  Why do they want to volunteer their time?

They want to volunteer their time to help the community and the RTS organization. (Quinn)

They want to volunteer their time to give back to the community and because they think that it is a good use of their time and efforts. (Sophia) 
Mostly I volunteered because 1-senior project and 2-because I love doing projects like that. (Kyle)

5.  What about the RTS' mission are you most drawn to?

What I am most drawn to about the RTS mission is the helping of someone in need. (Quinn)

I am most drawn to the three main goals that RTS has: to help low income homeowners live in warmth, safety, and independence. I know first hand the importance of a home to a family and I feel blessed that RTS provides me with the opportunity to serve the community in this way. (Sophia)

The mission statement speaks for itself. I am always willing to help out those in need. (Kyle)

Quinn planting a tree
Sophia painting the kitchen
Kyle caulking the window

Thank you Quinn, Sophia, & Kyle! Fantastic work!

Interested in learning more about the Youth Program?
Email Jeni Goeke at