We have a work party scheduled for 9:30 AM on Thursday June 21st. We will clear a seriously overgrown back yard of ivy and weeds for an elderly neighbor in Berkeley. If you enjoy nature, and getting your hands dirty and helping others, contact George at (510) 644-8979 ext. 105, or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Is it legal to have this much fun?
The volunteers from Lawrence Berkeley Lab spent their Saturday making improvements in the South Berkeley Senior Center.
They sanded and painted railings, applied energy efficient film to windows, and generally brought their great energy and sunny dispositions to the Senior Center.
Led by House Captain Alice La Pierre, Yingying, Rodney, Jennifer, Bruce, Julie, Katherine, Laura, Marty, Sara, and Tadotoshi all cheerfully accepted every task they were given. While making life better for Berkeley Seniors, they also got to eat good food, have fun and go home with a famous Rebuilding Together Tee-Shirt! Thank you team, for a job well done!
Learning a new skill. The fine art of applying energy efficient metalic film to windows can be frustrating. Getting those pesky corners to line up perfectly requires patience and a good sense of humor!
Volunteers made a big difference working on Ethel’s house!
Led by the super competent Moe Wright of BBI Construction, the members of the First Congregational Church of Berkeley showed up big-time to help out a neighbor in need. The Church members literally moved boulders, while cleaning out Ethel’s back yard. The plumbing got fixed, so Ethel’s family now has hot water! The leaky roof was fixed, gutters installed, new lights and smoke detectors put in, as well as a new back door and railing. This was a herculean project for Moe and the gang, but they were clearly up for the challenge!
Rebuilding Together East Bay-North (RTEBN) was featured in the March 2017 issue of Marketplace Contra Costa Magazine. Click on the image below to view the full size and read the article:
Our 2015-2016 clients are composting! Thanks to a generous grant from StopWaste.org, each homeowner received a new, lightweight compost container suitable for using on their countertops, along with individualized instructions on what can be composted.
These lightweight containers make it easier for our seniors to carry their compost to the greenwaste bins.
Thanks to a generous grant from StopWaste.org. Rebuilding Together East Bay-North has been able to provide our homeowners with shiny new counter-top compost containers! These new containers are light, and easy for our seniors to carry out to their greenwaste bins. And, StopWaste.org provided free training to our homeowners, showing them that even things like the wrapper on a stick of butter can be composted. Now our clients are experts at making the world a little greener.
20 Years of Service to Rebuilding Together East Bay-North
Laurie Harris, has been a volunteer with Rebuilding Together since the early 1990s. She co-captained a project in 2009 and has been a captain for many years since then. She has 28 years’ experience in masonry restoration and a certificate in Construction Management from UC Berkeley Extension. She is a Long time Berkeley resident and graduated from Berkeley High School. Of her volunteering with Rebuilding Together East Bay-North (RTEBN) she says: “I do enjoy the pandemonium of a large RTEBN project; it is never boring!” “And, going back to the very first time I volunteered, it is the profound expression of gratitude and happiness that this program brings to its recipients that keeps me coming back year after year!”
*Pictured: Homeowner Dorothy Smith and House Captain Laurie Harris at NRD 2015*
Thank you to all those participants who made this year’s National Rebuilding Month a success! We couldn’t have done it without your generosity and your willingness to give back to the community. We very much appreciate the assistance with improving the lives of local low-income seniors, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
We completed a total of 19 projects during the month and accomplished tasks like debris removal, exterior and interior painting, hot water heater installation, working on decks and steps, and a seismic retrofit. This year in particular, we went above and beyond our usual scopes of work and dove into more intricate and laborious repairs and modifications. A special shout out to our skilled volunteers who allowed us to accomplish such tasks.
Words cannot express our sincerest gratitude for the donations, time, and dedication of all of our sponsors, donors, and volunteers as well as the staff who make this work possible. We enjoyed having you and hope to see you all again!
Executive Director, Marie Hubbard and long-time volunteer Michael McDowell got a spot on KPIX’s Bay Area Focus!…