Rebuilding Together Seattle Programs
Spring Rebuilding Day (National Rebuilding Day)
Rebuilding Together Seattle's largest program event is Spring Rebuilding Day, also know as National Rebuilding Day. Every year, on the last Saturday in April, Rebuilding Together Seattle partners with corporate sponsors and over 1,500 volunteers to repair 25 homes in one day. Approximately 4,000 homes are restored across the nation.
Team Build Program
The RTS Team Build program refers to group rebuilding day events that take place throughout the year, outside of Spring Rebuilding Day. Team Builds are carried out by community sponsors and volunteers and require funding to cover the costs associated with the rebuilding day.
Safe at Home Program
In the Fall of 2010, Rebuilding Together Seattle launched a new program to address homeowners' repair needs year-round. The Safe at Home program (formerly Year-Round Program) is volunteer-driven and achieved by individuals or small groups of volunteers. Typically, Safe at Home projects consist of safety-related repairs that often require skilled volunteers (carpentry, electric, plumbing, etc).
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
We partnered with Lowe’s and Carter’s Kids on August 28th and 29th to revitalize the South Beacon Hill neighborhood. This was one of seven community revitalization projects of the year that Rebuilding Together, Lowe’s and Carter’s Kids are hosting across the country in an effort to promote and sustain affordable, safe housing and healthier communities for youth.
More than 100 volunteers from around the region volunteered their time and skills during the two day event. The critical repair work benefited five local families and included replacing plumbing, roof work, repairing exterior and interior walls and updating utilities. All of the renovations completed provided the families with a higher quality of life and will allow them to remain in their homes longer. Volunteers delivered 100 weatherization kits to local area residents as well and provided their expertise on how to make simple updates at home that save money and energy.
In addition, through the support of Seattle Public Schools, we partnered with Carter’s Kids, a non-profit started by Carter Oosterhouse of HGTV to build a brand new playground to benefit the pre-school children at Tiny Tots Development Center and the entire South Beacon Hill community.
Alma, one of the program recipients, said, "Thank you so much for the time, energy, and care you shared with me and my children. The projects you all did increased both the beauty and safety of our home. All of the improvements were such a blessing and they were things that I would not be able to afford to do any time soon. Also, the time my children and I were able to spend as a family working on our home together with the volunteers was priceless. THANK YOU!"
Tiny Tots Development Center shared this story with us after the playground was built: "One of our students came running in last week, very excited about the new playground. He told his mother, "Mom, I had so much fun on the new playground at Tiny Tots, can I come every day and play?"