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Rebuilding Together repairing, modifying area homes

4/18/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley volunteers helped spruce up the West Akron home of Icey Gulley April 28, 2012, during the annual event. The volunteers were from Church of Our Savior in West Akron.
Photo: Scott Horstman
GREATER AKRON — Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley, an affiliate of Rebuilding Together Inc., is once again bringing the community together to help those in need.

On April 27, more than 250 volunteers representing various organizations will join Rebuilding Together to provide home repairs and modifications to 14 homes in Summit and Portage counties. As part of its 18th annual Rebuilding Day, homes in Akron, Green and Kent will be improved during this event, according to Rebuilding officials.

“It’s all about keeping our elderly and disabled neighbors safe, warm and dry,” said Rebuilding Executive Director Paul Holm. “Rebuilding Day captures the spirit of what America is all about. It brings together donors, corporations, civic groups, government and religious organizations to better the lives and homes of people who really need our help.”

According to organizers, more than $40,000 in volunteer labor and $30,000 in materials and contracted labor have been donated for the project.

Volunteers and donors include: the city of Akron, Dominion East Ohio, Nationwide Foundation, Lowe’s, Summit County and Summit County Executive Russell Pry, Akron Area Board of REALTORS®, the Home Builders Association Serving Portage and Summit Counties, Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, Church of Our Savior, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Home Depot, Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, First Congregational Church in Tallmadge, The Male Excellence Network from The University of Akron, Environmental Design Group, Fifth Third Bank, Metis Construction, Sherwin Williams, students from Kent State University, Spoonhower Orthodontics, Summa Health System and BJ’s Charitable Foundation.

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 clothes to local shelters, properly disposing of old household chemicals and performing basic weatherization tasks, all to limit the amount of debris sent to local landfills, according to event organizers.

“We believe in leaving the homeowner and the home better off than when we arrived,” said Holm. “Properly recycling or disposing of waste helps take care of everyone else at the same time.”

Many volunteer groups helped raise funds for this event through Rebuilding Together’s Bowl to Rebuild event March 9 and through other individual group events, according to event organizers.

“We could not continue this great tradition without the commitment and hard work of each of our volunteer groups. They are the true heroes of our community,” said Holm.

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 event organizers.

According to Rebuilding officials, Rebuilding Together is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing extensive rehabilitation and modification services to those in need at no cost. For details, visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.

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