Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Over 1,000 volunteers to restore 26 homes in one day

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
CONTACT: Margie Thirlby, (206) 992-5512
Website: www.rtseattle.org

Over 1,000 volunteers to restore 26 homes in one day

Rebuilding Together Seattle celebrates 23 years of free home repair services

Seattle, WA – On Saturday, April 27, from 8 AM to 4 PM, Rebuilding Together Seattle (www.rtseattle.org) will celebrate its major program event, Spring Rebuilding Day, where over 1,000 volunteers will restore 26 homes in one day at no cost to the individuals served, providing over $500,000 in market value home improvement projects.  With a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person, Rebuilding Together Seattle provides low income homeowners and nonprofit facilities with free critical repairs, modifications, and energy-efficient upgrades.

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 3,000 projects on April 27th with 50,000 volunteers.  Locally, Rebuilding Together Seattle has identified 26 homes in the greater Seattle area, where volunteers will perform a range of repairs to benefit the elderly, disabled, families with children, and veterans in need.  In addition to the 26 home restoration projects, volunteers will also clean up a neighborhood park (Beer Sheva) and a local school (St. Paul School) in South Seattle.  

Top sponsor group, Greenpoint Technologies, will repair the home of *Suzette*), a Hurricane Katrina evacuee caring for her 11 year old son in White Center (8629 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106). Volunteers will repair the kitchen and replace appliances, paint the home and replace doors throughout, complete well-needed yard work and cleaning, and install a flashing doorbell and smoke alarms to assist Suzette, who is *deaf*.   Top sponsor group, Wells Fargo, will restore the home of Kim, a single mother with three young boys living in her home in Columbia City (5315 48th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118). Kim, whose family went without heat last winter, will receive new appliances, weatherized windows, much-needed bathroom repairs, and general cleanup and yard work.

More than 50 local organizations and companies are participating through event sponsorships, in-kind donations, and volunteer support, including other top event sponsors: Van Ness Feldman, Booz Allen Hamilton, Perkins Coie, Stratos, and The Center for Spiritual Living. 

To get more information on Spring Rebuilding Day (including additional sites and addresses) please call the Rebuilding Together Seattle office (Monday through Friday) at 206.682.1231. This event will offer exceptional visuals and homeowner interviews; all media are encouraged to attend.  Best visiting hours for most sites are from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, and from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  To discuss site locations, client stories, and media visits on April 27th, please contact RTS Executive Director, Margie Thirlby, at 206.992.5512 (cell) or email mthirlby@rtseattle.org.

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.  Rebuilding Together Seattle was established in 1989 and is part of the national Rebuilding Together organization (www.rebuilding together.org) with just under 200 affiliates nationwide.  To learn more about Rebuilding Together Seattle, please visit www.rtseattle.org or call 206.682.1231.


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