More Than 1,500 Volunteers To Provide No Cost Home Repairs To 25 Homes For National Rebuilding Day

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Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada and hundreds of community volunteers join forces for an all day event to make the homes and lives of low-income homeowners safer and more accessible.

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Volunteers complete a landscaping project on National Rebuilding Day-2011

Every homeowner wants to live in a house that feels comfortable and safe.

On April 28, Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada (RTSNV) and 1,500 local volunteers and community sponsors will come together to provide critical repairs and modifications to 25 homes in support of National Rebuilding Day.

Repairs and renovations will be made to the homes of low-income families in neighborhoods throughout the city, including Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson. Approximately 50 to 60 volunteers will work make repairs ranging from interior and exterior paint, bathroom and kitchen repairs and renovation, and landscaping. “Every homeowner wants to live in a house that feels comfortable and safe,” said Cynthia Baca, Executive Director for RTSNV. “Proudly, the work we do, along with our volunteers, community partners and event sponsors, is important to help rebuild communities and allows families to remain in their homes.”

Event sponsors not only financially support the event, but also mobilize their employees, who volunteer to provide repair support at various skill levels from exterior clean-up and painting to small exterior repairs. Emergency repairs such as roofing, electrical, and plumbing are performed by licensed contractors paid by RTSNV. Donated materials and volunteer labor will bring the days investment on each home between $10,000 to $40,000.

While National Rebuilding Day is RTSNV's signature event, the organization, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, offers year round repairs at no cost to qualified low-income homeowners. “We are truly grateful to the volunteers who give so selflessly in support of our mission,” said Therese Elliott, Director of Program Development for RTSNV. “We could not do this without our sponsors, who not only have supported us financially, but also lead teams on National Rebuilding Day and throughout the year.”

National Rebuilding Day, the culmination of the month-long call to service (National Rebuilding Month), is celebrated annually on the last Saturday in April. The nationwide event highlights the time and expertise that is dedicated year-round to rebuilding property values and stabilizing communities, while bringing national attention to the plight of America’s low-income homeowners, and the communities where they live.

Since 1994, Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada (RTSNV) has renovated and rehabilitated more the 6,500 homes throughout Southern Nevada. RTSNV is the local affiliate of the nation's leading nonprofit working to rebuild property values, preserve affordable homeownership and stabilize communities. For nearly two-decades, the organization has been at the forefront of ensuring that low-income homeowners are given the opportunity to live in safe and healthy homes. Their goal, with time and community support, may help lower the abandoned home rate and urban blight caused by foreclosures in Nevada.

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