Friday, January 31, 2014

Announcing the 2014 Hearts Rebuilding Homes Campaign!

Give the gift of a warm and safe home!

Looking for a creative and meaningful Valentine's Day gift idea this year? Between February 1st and February 14th, we will be asking our supporters to give the gift of a warm and safe home to a homeowner in need by making a donation to our organization in honor of their loved ones through our 4th annual Hearts Rebuilding Homes Valentine's Day campaign!

Thanks to the generosity of our 2013 Hearts Rebuilding Homes donors, we were able to help four families in need. This year we hope to raise at least $5,000 to help four deserving homeowners on our waiting list (see their stories below). We are excited to celebrate the fourth year of our beloved Valentine's Day campaign, starting on Friday, February 1st. We hope you will consider joining us!

If you would like to support this fun campaign, you will have fourteen days to make a donation online (or by mail) to Rebuilding Together Seattle in honor of your Valentine. After receiving confirmation of your donation, we will mail a special card to your Valentine, notifying them of your donation. Later in the year, we will send an email greeting to all donors and card recipients to let them know about the families we were able to help with your support. 

Please make your donation by February 11 to ensure that your Valentine gets their card in time!

Here are four families on our waiting list who need your support this Valentine's Day:

Ernesto and Perpetua live in Rainier Valley with their teenage son and adult daughter, who has developmental disabilities. Perpetua works part-time work as a nurse and Ernesto is wheelchair bound due to post-polio effects. The family needs a ramp built off their porch so Ernesto can safely exit his home, new grab bars installed and other accessibility improvements around the home. 

Kitisha is the single mother of two and temporary guardian of her nephew, living in Renton. Her family needs new windows in the kids’ rooms, flooring throughout the home, exterior siding replaced, new back stairs, and plumbing work to allow the family to use both bathrooms again. 

Leroy is a 74 year old Army veteran who lives alone in Wallingford. He has limited mobility and is on an oxygen tank due to his COPD. Leroy needs his ramp rebuilt, a couple windows repaired, his kitchen ceiling patched, and lots of clean-up and repair of his bedrooms which were damaged by harmful tenants.

Patricia and Bruce, both in their early 80s, have lived in their Lynwood home for nearly 30 years. Recently, Patricia and Bruce have been dealing with health issues that make it difficult for them to get around their home. They need a wheelchair ramp, grab bars in the bathroom and secure handrails down the stairs, as well as some weatherization repairs to keep them warm through the winter.

Please visit or email Paige Schultz at to learn more about Hearts Rebuilding Homes.

Give the gift of a warm and safe home to a homeowner in need this Valentine's Day!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Volunteer of the Month: Anne Timmermans!

Rebuilding Together Seattle is so happy to recognize Anne Timmermans (above, left) as our Volunteer of the Month! Anne has been a volunteer with Rebuilding Together for nearly 5 years and currently serves on the leadership board for the Young Professionals Society. Anne has been instrumental in the planning for the first ever YPS fundraiser, Sip & Support, on January 25. She has also participated in or lead numerous volunteer projects over the years with the Young Professionals Society. Here is what Anne had to say about this honor:

How did you first get involved with Rebuilding Together Seattle?

Gayle Roberts (Current RTS Board Member) recruited me back in 2009 or 10 as a grad student at UW in the CM department for an RTS project at a high school with the Seattle Sounders, the school’s kids and staff. Anne Quigg, a former RTS Board Member, and I planned the landscaping portion of the day, and we had a great time .

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with RTS?

Working with the homeowners to identify what they really need, and addressing issues with their homes that really impact their daily routines. I try to make sure we address how they get around their homes safely first before we advance with advance with any other planning.

What about the RTS mission are you most drawn to?

I think a lot of the times, we get so busy with our own lives and routines, that we forget a lot of people don’t live as nicely as we do. And, sometimes people just don’t have the basics of warmth, safety, and comfort. A lot of the projects I’ve helped on have made simple, effective changes that have had huge impacts on the homeowner’s lives.

Can you share about a particular project or homeowner that was especially meaningful to you?

The last YPS project in August happened to end up being my favorite homeowner to date, Alton Moton. Matt Macomber and I spent a lot of time doing site visits and pre-work at his house to make sure the YPS day went smoothly. He was just a gem and so nice to talk with whenever we stopped by. I could tell all of the YPS volunteers and our efforts really changed his life.

What are you doing when you aren’t volunteering with Rebuilding Together Seattle?

I just started a new job at Jacobs Engineering a few months back and that keeps me insanely busy during the work week. I am on the Construction Management Board of Directors as the Secretary for the Pacific NW, and anything after that goes spending anything else with friends and family and sometimes sleep.

Thank you, Anne, for all your hard work being an advocate for Rebuilding Together Seattle. Meet Anne and the other YPS leaders at Sip & Support on January 25 at Wine World in the U District from 6pm to 9pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Gearing up for Sip & Support with the Young Professionals Society!

We are so excited for the first ever Young Professionals Society fundraiser, Sip & Support! This year's event will be held at Wine World & Spirits in the University District on January 25 from 6 to 9pm. The evening will feature wine and beer tasting from the knowledgeable guides at Wine World, Bocce Ball on an indoor court, a small silent auction, exciting raffles, and information on the work of the Young Professionals with Rebuilding Together Seattle.

All of the event proceeds will go to support the volunteer projects of the Young Professionals Society year round, including their Spring Rebuilding Day project in April.

Event Info

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2014
Time: 6:00 - 9:00pm
Venue: Wine World & Spirits Ballroom
400 NE 45th St Seattle, WA 98105
Cost: $35 in advance, $40 at the door

Silent Auction Preview

The Seattle Experience
- 2 Space Needle Tickets
- $50 Eltana Wood-Fired Bagels Gift Card
- 6 Bags of Organic Green Mountain Coffee

Butter London Gift Pack
- 15 Nail Laquers
- Manicure/Pedicure Gift Set

Wine Date for Four
- 4 Wine Tastings at Novelty Hill-Januik
- 2 Brick Oven Pizzas from the Novelty Hill-Januik Kitchen

SaltWorks Bamboo Salt Sampler Box Set

Donedei Wines Vertical Set
- 3 Bottles 2007 Merlot
- 3 Bottles 2008 Merlot
*2 sets available*

Seattle Sounders Fan Package
- Autographed Sounders Soccer Ball
- Sounders Hat and Scarf

Chef John Howie Restaurant Tour
- $50 Gift Card to Seastar
- $50 Gift Card to John Howie Steak
- $50 Gift Card to Sport

Nordstrom Shopping Spree
- $200 in Nordstrom Gift Cards

Handmade Earrings and Necklace

Eyelash Extensions from Bella Direct

WSU Cougar Fan Gift Package
- Handmade Cougar-Themed Fleece Blanket
- Cougar-Themed Candy and Popcorn

UW Husky Fan Gift Package 
- Handmade Husky-Themed Fleece Blanket
- Husky-Themed Candy and Popcorn

Raffle Prize

-VIP Tour, Tasting for 12 
-Bottle of 'Counter Gin'
-Bottle of 'Batch 206 Vodka'
-Bottle of 'Mad MintVodka'
-Bottle of 'See 7 Stars Moonshine'

You can purchase event tickets in advance online for $35 or at the door for $40 until we sell out. Come support the Young Professionals Society while meeting new people, bidding on fun local products, and trying exciting new wines. We hope to see you there! 

Thank you to Wine World & Spirits and BlackRock Investment Management for their support of this event!