A new volunteer opportunity for St. James’s families
Rebuilding Together was on Saturday, April 28, 2018
Q: What is Rebuilding Together?
A: Rebuilding Together (formerly Christmas in April) is a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing with more than 40 years of experience. Together, with our corporate and community partners, we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities. Rebuilding Together Richmond is the regional affiliate and brings together over 1000 volunteers annually to provide much needed repairs to homes and community spaces in Richmond and the Tri-Cities.
Q: Why are Rebuilding Together Richmond’s services needed?
A: Sometimes, our neighbors fall on hard times, and become physically or financially unable to care for or repair their own homes. Rebuilding Richmond Together provides the skills and resources to help make those homes safe and livable again. Your volunteer efforts can make a difference in people’s lives.
Q: Who is eligible for Rebuilding Together services?
A: Low-income homeowners who are seniors or have a disability are eligible for our repair services. We also extend our services to community spaces and non-profit facilities in various neighborhoods.
Q: How are homes selected?
A: Various churches, neighborhoods, and community and service organizations refer homes to us. Homeowners must submit financial information for review and approval by the Rebuilding Together Richmond staff and board of directors. In addition, our program manager and construction field assistant conduct site visits to the homes to assess the level of repairs needed.
Q: What area does Rebuilding Together Richmond serve?
A: Since 1993, we have aided in the revitalization of over 40 neighborhoods in Richmond and the Tri-Cities by impacting close to 1,900 homeowners and hundreds of neighbors by repairing homes and community space facilities. Previous communities in the city of Richmond, including the Blackwell, Church Hill, Jefferson-Davis corridor, Bellemeade and Highland Park, Peter Paul and Greater Fulton communities.
Q: What repairs are done?
A: Repairs include carpentry, plumbing, electrical, roofing, painting, glazing, weather-stripping, grab bars, ADA wheelchair ramps, trash removal, cleaning and much, much more.
Q: Do the homeowners pay?
A: No. All repairs are paid for by dollar donations or in-kind donations from businesses, foundations, service organizations, clubs, associations and individuals — from neighbors who care — at no cost to the homeowners.
Q: Who volunteers?
A: Anyone can be a volunteer. Volunteers do not need to be skilled at home repairs. Our volunteers come from religious groups, businesses, schools, community service organizations, corporations, associations, and interested and concerned individuals. They represent all professions: secretaries, lawyers, truck drivers, doctors, judges, policemen, housewives, students, etc.