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‘Rebuilding Together’ is Making a Difference

‘Rebuilding Together’ is Making a Difference

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It all started after Hurricane Andrew wreaked havoc on South Florida in August of 1992. Out of the piles of debris arose a branch of a National Organization called “Christmas in April.” They rolled up their sleeves and began repairing homes that were in salable condition. Their name was later changed to “Rebuilding Together” thus becoming more “politically correct” therefore attracting a wider spectrum of volunteers. Today, on a national level, more than 100,000 volunteers have completed 10,000 projects. Last year the Miami Chapter repaired 44 homes all without cost to the owners. It’s about helping the elderly, the disabled, veterans and families with children who are in need of assistance in making their homes safe.

April 29th: Those who attended today’s function were amazed by the number of cars surrounding Live Like Bella Park in Leisure City. Close to the south entrance, a group of 37 bearded construction workers stood waiting for the starting call. This group, “The Bearded Villains,” is part of a National Club that can be found on the Internet (BV305.com.). Other groups comprised a workforce of over 200 “professionals” many with hammers, saws and a variety of other tools in hand. These guys and gals were chomping at the bit to tackle anything in need of repair from major roofing repair to making a home handicapped accessible. Landscaping, street repairs and even demolition of abandoned structures is included if necessary.

After gathering around the “snack tables” filled with coffee and high energy drinks, a short presentation followed. As our beloved Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava took to the podium. The crowd was introduced to the Officers from the National Headquarters of Rebuilding Together. For those who didn’t know, today is National Rebuilding Day with some 20,000 volunteer workers donating their time, money and materials “to improve and preserve affordable homeownership to the low-income homeowner by revamping neighborhoods.”

Funding of $220,000, for local projects, was obtained from a Community Development Block Grant. There have been other projects throughout Miami-Dade but today’s target was 16 homes in our own backyard. Before the workers were “set loose” a recipient of this wonderful program, Rose Marie Johnson was handed the microphone. If enthusiasm had not peaked by now Ms. Johnson’s words overflowed the cup of motivation with her appreciation.

The Bearded Villain Chapter stated that “It was an honor to participate in this year’s National Rebuilding Day. An event put together by the wonderful organization Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade. This event was to provide critical home repairs to low-income, elderly, veterans and disabled homeowners at no cost. So the BV305 was out in full force to tackle as many houses as possible. We painted planted trees, etc. Thank you to everyone that supported us, and to the brothers that were able to make it.”

Commissioner Levine-Cava released the herd of workers with her unbelievable energy. She arrived home late last night but never missed a beat from jet lag…how does she do it? In closing. this yearly event deserves the praise equal to the beloved “Habitat for Humanity” program, so members of the media, how come we have never heard about this “positive” organization on a State or National level?

Oh well, Thank Heaven for local news.

Credit: By Phil Marraccini from South Dade NewsLeader

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ABOUT REBUILDING TOGETHER Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade chapter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that preserves homeownership and revitalizes neighborhoods by providing free of charge rehabilitation services to the elderly, veterans, disabled and low-income homeowners. Through the support of corporate sponsors, local businesses and the hands-on work of volunteers, the organization donates approximately $250,000 in market value each year by focusing on home modifications, energy efficiency, and safety concerns. The organization is part of a network of more than 200 affiliates and is the nation’s leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. For more information, visit www.rebuildingtogethermiami.org.

Contact:
AmeriCorps Program Coordinator
Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc.
americorps.rtmiami@gmail.com
Phone: 305-200-5711

Need a storefront makeover? Wells Fargo running small business renovation contest

Want to spruce up your storefront? Small businesses in Little Haiti, Overtown and Liberty City can enter Wells Fargo Works for Small Business: Neighborhood Renovation Contest for a chance to win funding to do just that. Wells Fargo is launching the program in collaboration with Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit organization focused on rebuilding communities.

The contest runs through May 31 and businesses do not have to be a bank customer to enter. They do have to have an operating business in one of these ZIP codes: 33127, 33136, 33137, 33138, 33142, 33147 or 33150. No purchase or entry fee is required.

Four winners in Miami will be selected in the judged contest: one business will win up to $25,000 in business renovations and three businesses will each win up to $10,000 in business renovations. The contest rules, including full eligibility and application requirements, can be found at wellsfargoworks.com/renovation/contestrules.

“Wells Fargo has a long history of building strong relationships with small business owners and fostering economic development in each and every community we serve across America,” said Joe Atkinson, South Florida region president for Wells Fargo. “We are thrilled to present the Neighborhood Renovation Program here in Miami.”

Credit: By Phil Marraccini from Miami Herald

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ABOUT REBUILDING TOGETHER Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade chapter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that preserves homeownership and revitalizes neighborhoods by providing free of charge rehabilitation services to the elderly, veterans, disabled and low-income homeowners. Through the support of corporate sponsors, local businesses and the hands-on work of volunteers, the organization donates approximately $250,000 in market value each year by focusing on home modifications, energy efficiency, and safety concerns. The organization is part of a network of more than 200 affiliates and is the nation’s leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. For more information, visit www.rebuildingtogethermiami.org.

Contact:
AmeriCorps Program Coordinator
Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc.
americorps.rtmiami@gmail.com
Phone: 305-200-5711

UPS Foundation Awards Rebuilding Together Miami $5,000

UPS Foundation Awards Rebuilding Together Miami $5,000 to Provide Safe and Healthy Homes for Low Income Seniors in Miami-Dade County

Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade – an affiliate of the leading national nonprofit in affordable housing – was presented with $5,000 from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic program for UPS.

Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade will use this generous grant for their National Rebuilding Day event, on Saturday, April 29th. UPS employees along with hundreds of other skilled and unskilled volunteers will engage in a concerted effort to bring immediate, transformational change to Leisure City, FL. Volunteers will repair 16 homes and beautify Live Like Bella Park and surrounding public spaces.

National Rebuilding Day is the culmination of a year of planning, evaluating, training, organizing, and mobilization of hundreds of volunteers. It is embraced by community leaders and corporate community partners as a way to bring immediate impact to America’s communities in a single day.

Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade’s (RTMD) mission is to bring volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of homeowners in need. RTMD preserves home-ownership and revitalizes communities by providing critical home repairs to low-income, elderly, veterans and disabled homeowners at no cost to the homeowner.

The average age of homeowners is 69, average income is $19,200, and an average number of years in their home is 25.

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where it’s backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety and environment.

UPS employees are dedicated to improving lives and strengthening communities where they live and work, every day. UPS locations are encouraged to seek out and address critical issues in their local community. Employees are encouraged to join giving programs and are given time off to volunteer. In 2016, UPS and their employees, both active and retired, donated more than $116.6 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/ foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

Travis Renville, Director of Operations said, “We are grateful for The UPS Foundation’s continuous support. We look forward to continuing this great partnership to make a difference in the lives of low-income senior citizens and veteran homeowners in Miami-Dade County.”

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ABOUT REBUILDING TOGETHER
Rebuilding Together works to strengthen the lives of our most vulnerable communities by providing low-income homeowners with critical home repairs, accessibility modifications, and energy-eficient upgrades. We believe that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. As we help to stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods across the country, our lasting impact extends beyond each home. Learn more and get involved at RebuildingTogether.org.

UPS FOUNDATION
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more ef ciently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2015, UPS and its employees, active and retired.

Contact:
Donna Fales
AmeriCorps Program Coordinator
Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc.
americorps.rtmiami@gmail.com
Office: 305-200-5711