Rebuilding Together Seattle to Rebuild 18 Homes During National Rebuilding Month this April
In our community, Rebuilding Together Seattle will host nearly 700 volunteers to repair 18 homes throughout the City of Seattle during National Rebuilding Month. A number of local organizations and companies are participating through event sponsorships, in-kind donations, and volunteer support. This includes top event sponsors Booz Allen Hamilton, Clark Construction, Exxel Pacific, KPFF, and the Center for Spiritual Living.
With the first project kicking off this Saturday, Rebuilding Together Seattle and volunteers from KPFF will work together to perform a number of health and safety-related repairs on the home of Pammyla Hubbard. Pam is 69 years old and lives with and cares for her mom Viola, who is 93. Pam currently makes a limited income by selling handmade dolls, but has found it hard to continue due to decreasing mobility in her hands. Pam wishes to convert her basement living space into a classroom, so that she can teach students how to make their own dolls and pass along her craft. This Saturday, volunteers from KPFF will work to make Pam and Viola's 60-year-old home more safe, healthy, and accessible through a number of focused repairs. In doing so, the group hopes to help Pam realize her dream of becoming an art teacher and achieve financial security.
Throughout April, Rebuilding Together affiliates and volunteers will serve veterans, older adults, families with children and victims of disaster by providing them with a variety of critical, safe and healthy home repairs, including: flooring repairs and replacement, weatherization repairs, roof and handrail replacements, accessibility modifications, painting, landscaping and other major home rehabilitations. The repairs are provided free of charge to neighbors in need, who are often faced with diminishing resources and must choose food and medicine over critical home repairs. Over time, neglect of maintenance can lead to crumbling foundations, dangerously sagging roofs and windows and doors that can't be securely shut.
"What began as a grassroots effort to repair homes and revitalize communities is now a nationwide movement to ensure everyone can live in a safe home and community," said Caroline Blakely, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. "Through the work of our dedicated rebuilders we are able to positively impact the lives of our neighbors in need during the month of April and throughout the year."
National Rebuilding Month will culminate on National Rebuilding Day, Saturday April 27, and will engage volunteers to complete repairs on homes, nonprofit facilities and community spaces to bring immediate, transformational change to neighborhoods across America on the same day.
National Rebuilding Month originated in 1973 in Midland, Texas with volunteers helping neighbors rebuild their homes. The group founded Rebuilding Together, at the time "Christmas in April," and gathered around a month of service each year in April. The mission then grew beyond the idea of providing service one month per year to bringing volunteers together to provide neighbors in need with critical repairs year-round.
Hannah Colston, Rebuilding Together Seattle