I applaud Rebuilding Together SF, a small organization that makes a big difference to San Francisco's neighborhoods...
San Francisco, California (PRWEB) April 28, 2012
The new two day series will draw upon RTSF’s 23 years of mobilizing volunteers to revitalize homes and facilities in San Francisco’s underserved neighborhoods. For the first installment of the “Rebuilding Day” series on April 28, RTSF is expected to assemble over 1,100 volunteers to work across 10 homes and 11 community facilities.
“This year we received nearly twice as many applications as last year –with major facilities like Swords to Plowshares and homeowners in Visitacion Valley, Portola, and Excelsior seeking our help. This need combined with the overwhelming support of volunteers and sponsors allowed us to expand the program into two days and double our impact in the SF community.” - Karen Nemsick, Executive Director
The impact of Rebuilding Together San Francisco on the City has not gone unnoticed, especially around City Hall. "San Francisco is committed to providing affordable housing. Some of this will come through new housing, but a lot of what makes a city affordable is already here in the form of existing housing stock,” says Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “I applaud Rebuilding Together SF, a small organization that makes a big difference to San Francisco's neighborhoods, for restoring existing homes and bringing neighbors and neighborhoods together."
Some of the facilities and homes that will be revitalized on April 28 include:
Ms. G – Since the passing of her husband, a Local 6 electrician, Ms. G has struggled maintaining her home of the last 43 years. On April 28, Rebuilding Together San Francisco in partnership with in-kind sponsors and volunteers carried out several repairs to help Ms. G move forward with her life.
Swords to Plowshares - This community-based, not-for-profit organization provides counseling, employment and training, and housing and legal assistance to veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. On April 28, volunteers painted the exterior façade, replaced reflective film on front windows, painted the ground floor interior lobby, and brightened the space overall.
The Potrero Hill Neighborhood House (PHNH) - With a staff of twelve and fourteen volunteers, PHNH run various programs focused on several areas including empowering youth, combatting substance abuse, and helping citizens find employment. This facility received a major makeover on April 28 when volunteers painted the interior great room, hallways and entryway, updated the landscaping around the front of the building, and updated electrical and plumbing.
Full list of homes and programs can be found here.
Since the first “Rebuilding Day” event in 1990, Rebuilding Together San Francisco has renovated 271 community facilities and provided extensive repairs to 646 residential homes throughout San Francisco.
In addition, 50 San Francisco public and private K-12 schools have received maintenance repairs that significantly improved the learning and working spaces for students and staff. On Rebuilding Day, RTSF plans on returning to many of these schools, including Daniel Webster Elementary School. In 2008, Daniel Webster was on the verge of closure until RTSF volunteers provided repairs that revived the school’s attendance.
With nonprofit organizations across the United States struggling, Karen Nemsick, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together San Francisco, emphasized the importance of community engagement: “What we have found at Rebuilding Together San Francisco is that our volunteers, many of whom have been with us for years, are not phased by any financial barriers and are determined to continue improving homes and community facilities around the City.”
Community engagement is a key factor in the organization’s unique operating model that combines volunteerism and in-kind donations. Since the first “Rebuilding Day Event,” RTSF has SF has partnered with local companies to contribute $3.5 million dollars to neighborhood revitalization activities estimated to carry $10 million dollars in market value.
About Rebuilding Together San Francisco:
Rebuilding Together San Francisco mobilizes teams of volunteers to revitalize neighborhoods via home repair and community facility renovations. By using and re-using resources in our community, we’re able to provide these repairs free of charge to low-income homeowners and nonprofit organizations and schools.
RTSF is a local affiliate of Rebuilding Together; a national organization that includes 195 affiliates serving 500 communities nationwide, and mobilizing thousands of volunteers each year.