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Fundraiser planned for Rebuilding Together

1/31/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley volunteers worked on the home of Icey Gulley in West Akron for last year’s Rebuilding Day April 28.
Photo: Scott Horstman
FAIRLAWN — Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley, an affiliate of Rebuilding Together Inc., will present its Bowl to Rebuild event March 9 at Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn.

According to Rebuilding Together officials, it is a nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing extensive rehabilitation and modification services to those in need at no cost to those served. With the help of volunteers, skilled trades people, the support of local businesses and major corporate partners, Rebuilding Together affiliates work to make life better for thousands of low-income homeowners and the communities in which they live by completing 10,000 projects yearly through Rebuilding Day.

Bowl to Rebuild is a fundraiser that supports Rebuilding Day, which is scheduled to take place April 27. On that day, more than 450 volunteers are expected to assist 12 to 15 income eligible seniors, veterans and disabled people with repairs to their homes that they could not otherwise afford, according to Rebuilding Together officials. The goal for the Bowl to Rebuild event is to raise $35,000 to assist in Rebuilding Day.

“We understand that not everyone can pick up a hammer and help to rehabilitate homes,” said Rebuilding Together Executive Director Paul Holm. “Participating in the Bowl to Rebuild gives everyone a chance to help make a difference in the lives of many deserving homeowners we hope to assist on that day.”

The event was created three years ago to help volunteer groups raise money in support of their projects on Rebuilding Day, according to Rebuilding Together officials. The goal for each group is $2,500, with the funds used to cover expenses including paint, food, logistics, volunteer training and more.

Rebuilding Together officials state volunteers come together and donate tens of thousands of dollars in labor in addition to cash investments from local government and other sponsors. The market value of improvements made per house averages from $4,000 to $25,000, officials added.

According to Rebuilding Together officials, this year’s Rebuilding Day participating groups include: Westminster Presbyterian Church; Church of Our Saviour; Akron Area Board of REALTORS®; the Home Builders Association Serving Summit and Portage Counties; Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority; Dominion East Ohio; GPD Group; Summit County Executive Russ Pry’s office; the Male Excellence Network; Spoonhower Orthodontics; and others.

“We need volunteer teams who can help us raise the money needed to complete the projects we have on hand. It is a great opportunity to have some fun and make a difference here locally,” said Holm.

The Bowl to Rebuild event also includes a raffle for: an Orlando vacation for four; a high-definition TV with a Sony Playstation PS3 gaming package or home theater system; an Ohio sports package; and a Cedar Point staycation package with an overnight stay at a Cedar Point hotel and four tickets to Cedar Point.

Interested individuals can purchase tickets directly through Rebuilding Together without putting together a team by calling the organization at 330-773-4100 or through its website at www.rebuildingtogether-sc.org.

The deadline for team registrations is March 1, while donations for the raffle can be accepted through March 8 at 5 p.m.

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