National Rebuilding Day
National Rebuilding Day:
Annually on the last Saturday in April, National Rebuilding Day inspires organizations and volunteers to grab their tools and get to work. Thousands of volunteers gather together on this day and over the weekend to offer much-needed repairs for needy families in local localities.
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Why National Rebuilding Day?
This day brings local communities together by assisting with the rehabilitation of individuals in need’s homes. The majority of homes in the United States were built before 1980 and require regular repair. The issue is that most low-income homeowners cannot afford to perform home repairs. Despite its origins in Chicago, National Rebuilding Day is open to any community looking to be good neighbors and willing to assist with any repairs.
Rebuilding Together is a non-profit organization in the United States dedicated to sustaining affordable homeownership and regenerating neighborhoods by providing free house repairs and improvements to neighbors in need. Rebuilding Together has numerous tailored initiatives that cater to the needs of various homeowner populations, including veterans, the elderly, the disabled, and catastrophe victims. Through community center repair, playground construction, and partnerships with organizations focused on energy efficiency, sustainable community gardens, volunteer participation, and homeowner education, Rebuilding Together’s work has an influence on the surrounding community as well.
Annually on the last Saturday in April, RTP collaborates with community sponsors and roughly 2,000 volunteers to renovate 40 low-income residences and 20 community buildings. Every project is distinct in its own right, with its own history, the scope of work, and the dedicated volunteer team. Yard cleanup and painting are examples of projects, as are professional plumbing, window, electrical system, and flooring repairs – and, in some circumstances, roof replacement.
How Can We Observe National Rebuilding Day:
Grab a hammer and start to work on the following ideas:
- Volunteer with groups in your town to help build or rebuild homes.
- Are you not handy with tools? Instead, provide goods to rebuilding efforts. Consider making a donation to a cause that helps individuals maintain their homes safe and healthy.
- Use the hashtag #NationalRebuildingDay or #RebuildingDay when posting on social media to help create more volunteers and enthusiasts.
Interesting Facts On National Rebuilding Day:
Here are some very interesting and engaging facts about the day to make you more enthusiastic:
- National Rebuilding Day is a day when affiliates plan actions to honor the organization’s objectives and draw national attention to the problem of America’s low-income homes. Community leaders and major corporate sponsors have embraced the day as a means to make an impact in America’s neighborhoods in a single day.
- Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Rebuilding Together created the Gulf Coast Operations program and pledged to repair 1,000 houses throughout the Gulf Coast. Rebuild 1000 is carried out in collaboration with its Gulf Coast affiliates, sponsors, and hundreds of volunteers.
- Veterans Housing at Rebuilding Together was developed to satisfy the needs of veterans from past and present wars. Rebuilding Together addresses the gaps in modification and repair services that retired, and active-duty service members struggle to satisfy.
- The Rebuilding Together CapacityCorps AmeriCorps program is a National AmeriCorps program with 70 full-time AmeriCorps members serving in 30 Rebuilding Together affiliates across 23 states.
- Through volunteer recruiting, client outreach, low-income homeowner repairs, new project implementation, community partnership creation, and program expansion, Rebuilding Together CapacityCorps members help Rebuilding Together affiliates serve more low-income homeowners.
- To date, sponsors and volunteers from National Rebuilding Day have assisted in the rehabilitation of approximately 1,900 houses throughout Chicago.
History of National Rebuilding Day:
A small group of citizens in Midland, Texas, recognized a rising need in their community in 1973. Homes in their neighborhood had fallen into disrepair, and their neighbors couldn’t afford to renovate them themselves. The group gave their time and skills to help their neighbors rehabilitate their homes. Recognizing the potential impact of their effort, the group founded Christmas in April with the intention of undertaking repair and rehabilitation work in their neighborhood each April. The group’s positive work spread slowly at first, but it eventually gained national prominence. The mission expanded from delivering service once a year in April to bringing together partners from all walks of life to aid the neighbors every year. In 1988, they established a national headquarters and changed their name to Rebuilding Together.
Rebuilding Together is now a leading non-profit community redevelopment organization.