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Posted 22 June 2017
Rebuilding Together Seattle is a nonprofit organization that helps homeowners improve the safety and accessibility of their homes. The organization partners with local businesses and individual volunteers to assist low-income, elderly, or disabled members of the community.
For its 27th Annual Spring Rebuilding Day on 29 April, Rebuilding Together Seattle had nearly 800 volunteers that were able to help restore 22 family homes in the Burien-Shoreline area. Volunteers from BergerABAM, in collaboration with American Society of Civil Engineers, donated their time and skills to help restore two of these homes. The homeowners, Dorothy Fort and Mildred Hoskins, have both lived on this same street for nearly 50 years. Both homes were in dire need of safety feature upgrades and many other maintenance improvements.
The 30 volunteers were tasked with cleaning gutters, power washing siding, landscaping, electrical repairs, plumbing, repairing and painting walls and trim, constructing a ramp, and repairing water-damaged flooring. Many appliances were repaired or replaced, and the homes were outfitted with new fire extinguishers and smoke alarms. Several volunteers stayed late to make sure all projects were completed by the end of the day.
Rebuilding Together Seattle is just one of the 150 Rebuilding Together affiliates across the country and makes up the nation’s leading volunteer home repair organization. As a whole, the organization restores approximately 3,000 homes and nonprofit facilities nationwide each year.