Rebuilding Together, the leading national nonprofit organization with a mission to repair the homes of people in need and revitalize our communities, will host its annual National Rebuilding Month this April. Last year, over 30,000 volunteers donated 230,000 hours throughout National Rebuilding Month.

In our community, Rebuilding Together Peninsula will host volunteers on Saturday, April 27 to repair two IHSD Head Start program sites in East Palo Alto and the Serramonte Child Development Center in Daly City. This will be the fourth year IHSD and Rebuilding Together Peninsula will be partnering together to provide facility upgrades for community programs targeting low-income communities. Cooley LLP, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, PC, and the WSGR Foundation, and Webcor are providing the volunteers and corporate sponsorship funding to support these projects. All of these companies have been longtime sponsors of Rebuilding Together Peninsula’s National Rebuilding Day program.

Last year, Genentech sponsored the South San Francisco build. In 2017, various rotary clubs, including Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto, Palo Alto University Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Peninsula Sunrise, Rotary Club of Woodside/Portola Valley sponsored the work at our Fair Oaks site, and Cooley LLC and First Five of San Mateo County was the sponsor at our Menlo Park site. In 2009, Kaiser Permanente sponsored our Half Moon Bay site.

This April, Rebuilding Together affiliates and volunteers will serve veterans, older adults, families with children and victims of disaster by providing them with a variety of critical, safe and healthy repairs, including: flooring repairs and replacement, weatherization repairs, roof and handrail replacements, accessibility modifications, painting, landscaping and other critical health and safety repairs. The repairs are provided free of charge to neighbors in need, who are often faced with diminishing resources. From Sunnyvale to Daly City and out to the San Mateo County coastside, Rebuilding Together Peninsula will provide these critical repairs for 31 homes and 10 community facilities, with the support of approximately 1500 volunteers.

“For thirty years we’ve been repairing homes and revitalizing communities,” said Melissa Lukin, Executive Director of RTP. “Through partnerships with dedicated sponsors and volunteers we help low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly, live in safe and healthy homes, age in palace, and pass along their homes to the next generation.”

National Rebuilding Month will culminate on National Rebuilding Day, Saturday April 27, and will engage volunteers to complete repairs on homes, nonprofit facilities and community spaces to bring immediate, transformational change to neighborhoods across America on the same day.

National Rebuilding Month originated in 1973 in Midland, Texas with volunteers helping neighbors rebuild their homes. The group founded Rebuilding Together, at the time “Christmas in April,” and gathered around a month of service each year in April. The mission then grew beyond the idea of providing service one month per year to bringing volunteers together to provide neighbors in need with critical repairs year-round.

For more information on National Rebuilding Month on the Peninsula, please visit rebuildingtogetherpeninsula.org and follow #RTPeninsula on social media.