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Rebuilding Together to improve nine area homes

4/17/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

GREATER AKRON — Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley, an affiliate of Rebuilding Together Inc., will bring the community together to help those in need April 26.

According to Rebuilding Together officials, during this 19th annual Rebuilding Day, more than 250 volunteers will join Rebuilding Together to make home repairs and modifications to nine homes in Summit and Medina counties, including homes in Green, Akron and Wadsworth. Rebuilding Together officials state these homes will get more than $40,000 in donated volunteer labor and an additional $30,000 in materials and contracted labor to make the needed improvements. The nonprofit organization serves homeowners that include low-income families, the elderly, disabled, members of the military and veterans and their families by providing home repairs, improvements or modifications.

The improvements this year, according to Rebuilding Together officials, are being made possible thanks to the support of volunteers and donors, including the cities of Akron and Green, The G.A.R. Foundation, Akron Community Foundation, Lowe’s, Summit County Executive Russell Pry, the Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors, the Home Builders Association Serving Portage and Summit Counties, Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, Church of Our Saviour, the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, First Congregational Church of Tallmadge, Environmental Design Group, Fifth Third Bank and the Medina County Board of Realtors.

“It’s all about giving back and helping our elderly and disabled neighbors who really need us,” said Rebuilding Together Executive Director Paul Holm. “Rebuilding Day captures the spirit of what our community is all about. It brings together donors, corporations, civic groups, government and religious organizations to improve the lives and homes of homeowners in need.”

According to Rebuilding Together officials, while onsite, volunteers will paint; declutter; landscape; repair flooring; install windows, gutters and down spouts; complete plumbing and electrical repairs; and more. In addition, the volunteers will apply “green” practices, including using lead-based paint precautions, recycling organic yard waste, donating used clothing to local shelters, properly disposing of old household chemicals, performing basic weatherization tasks and limiting the amount of debris sent to local landfills.

“We believe in leaving the homeowner and the home better off than when we arrived,” said Holm. “Properly recycling or disposing of unneeded clothes is beneficial to both the homeowner and the environment.”

According to city of Green officials, each year Green City Council allocates $30,000 for this program.

City officials announced this year that more than 30 city of Green employees, Council members, board and commission members and their families, as well as community volunteers, will donate time, materials and skills April 26 to make improvements to the home of an 85-year-old widow on Greensburg Road.

Volunteers in Green will install new exterior doors, kitchen cabinets, drywall, ceiling fans, fresh paint and a new deck and landscaping to the Greensburg Road home, which was built in 1904, according to city officials.

“Each year we are able to help several homeowners with repairs that they are unable to afford or require skilled labor they don’t have access to,” said Sarah Haring, community development administrator. “Our goal is to help these residents stay in their homes as long as possible.”

Currently, donations to help in Green are being accepted at http://rebuildingtogethersc.donorpages.com, then click on “Rebuilding Day 2014,” then “City of Green.”

Those interested in volunteering may complete a volunteer application online at www.rebuildingtogether-sc.org.

Members of other area communities also are invited to support this year’s efforts by donating to the projects. Information about each project can be found by visiting Rebuilding Together’s website at www.rebuildingtogether-sc.org and clicking the “Rebuilding Day 2014” link. The link connects to a list of the donors and the projects they are sponsoring, as well as information on how to donate.

In addition to work performed in local communities, more than 175 other Rebuilding Together affiliates are also participating in National Rebuilding Day, performing repairs on thousands of homes across the country, according to organization officials.

To find out more, how to refer a family or how to help, visit the website or call 330-773-4100.

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