Where Have I Been! I Missed National Rebuilding Together Cleveland Day 2007

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Real Estate Agent with Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office

woman using a carpenter's sawFor years I have wistfully missed the Christmas in April program. Now it seems to have appeared in another form in Cleveland! I'm gleeful, yet sad that I had to find out about it after the fact.  

I don't know if this was the first time this event was held in Cleveland, but The Sun News and Ken Prendergast reported about last Saturday's Rebuilding Day 2007. The local organization is called Rebuilding Together Cleveland and it's an arm of a National Umbrella Group of the same name. (Minus the Cleveland part of course). The focus is to help low income homeowners with home repairs, painting, carpentry work, sprucing up of the yard. There were eight homes/homeowners who received volunteer assistance this year to the tune of about $50k worth of supplies and $20k worth of labor.

When I lived in Montgomery County Maryland I was active in the Rockville Kiwanis and we participated in a program called Christmas In April. Every year trades people and others volunteered their time and labor....every year I participated, the home picked belonged to a long time, elderly homeowner who was just not able physically or financially to keep up a home anymore. It was always a very gratifying experience and to this day I still wear my Christmas in April shirts when I work out in the yard. It always brings back good memories.

 When I tried to Google Christmas in April tonight, it seems as if it might have become Rebuilding Together. I can't find any mention of C I April past 2001. In any event, this seems like an outstanding  program.  Now that I know it exists, I will be looking to get involved myself next year!

When I explored the Rebuilding Together website, I saw that they have rebuilt over 2000 homes Nationally. They sponsor the National Rebuilding Day I mentioned above; and they have worked to rebuild 1000 homes in the Gulf after Katrina (Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction). They also have initiatives to assist Veterans who have housing issues. Locally, a mortgage lending company was involved as one of the co-sponsors of the event. I see on the National site that Fannie Mae is well represented.  Where have I been to not know about this program!

I can't wait to talk to Manager Mark and others in my Company and anyone else I can get involved to start preparing for next year!   Peace Out - 3C

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Jeff Belonger
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Carole... where have you been?  Maybe because it's baseball season?  What has happened to those Indians?

Seriously though....  it's good to see some of the major players getting involved.  I would be interested in more information on this. thanks for sharing this...

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Aug 03, 2007 05:01 PM #1
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Carole Cohen
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The Indians are in need of some Red Bull lol.  Hi Jeff. I think if you go to the National link above you might be able to see if they have a branch in your area. I'm going to call the reporter whose article clued me in -- he is a train guy! lol.  He can give me the skinny on the Cleveland end of it. Go Phillies! lol
Aug 03, 2007 05:14 PM #2
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Carole-  What a great thing for a community to do.. I;m going to check this out a bit more closely..
Aug 03, 2007 05:15 PM #3
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Carole Cohen
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Hi Kaye: I can tell you this was one of the most rewarding volunteer projects I've ever worked on (well, the earlier version of it).  I'm thinking to myself (well, who else would I be thinking too!) that this organization may have been involved with the NAR work done before our last convention?
Aug 03, 2007 05:20 PM #4
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Why wait until next year? Go knock something down and secretly rebuild it tonight! I'll have to check and see if there's anything for Las Vegas. This is something I'd like to participate in when the temps cool down.
Aug 03, 2007 05:22 PM #5
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Carole Cohen
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LOL John!  I'm laughing out loud for sure. I could take a hammer to my garage and it would probably only take a few whacks to get it to fall. It's a typical old garage if you get my drift. Wouldn't it be cool if there could be a blogging arm of volunteers in every community where this is done?
Aug 03, 2007 05:25 PM #6
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thanks... and the Phillies?  They always seem to tease me this time of year. They won 9 of their last games until a 3 game skid now. Sure, they have had some wicked injuries just in the last 3 days....  oh well.

Again, thanks, I will look into it. 

Aug 03, 2007 05:26 PM #7
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Contessa, I loved reading this and picturing you raking leaves while proudly wearing your T.  This sounds like such a great program to get involved with.  Thanks for the links.  I'm going to check them out.
Aug 03, 2007 10:01 PM #8
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Hi Carole - what a great community project this is.  We used to do something similar to this through our local Board of REALTORS, and it was very enjoyable to know you were helping people who really needed help on their homes.  We stopped doing it, but it would be a good thing to bring back I think.

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Hi Maggie: The one thing I remember is that as soon as the event is over for one year you have to start planning for the next year because so many different pieces of the puzzle are involved. How about an AR 'arm' of this? My brain is working overtime!

Ann: I would love to know how many communities are involved. I'll post a comment here during the week as I find out more information; things like who to contact directly at the organization, etc.

 

Aug 04, 2007 03:45 AM #10
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Carole, back in 1991 I was a member of the Middletown, Ct Exchange Club (it is a service organization like the Kiwanis, and we raise money to fund programs for abused kids) I helped start the Christmas in April program here in town.  It was a great experience to be part of the first one here, and each year we tried to increase the number of houses that we worked on that day.  It was amazing how many people from the business community came together to help on that day as well as amount of donations that we received.

I hope you are able to recruit a lot of your co-workers fro your event next year.

 

Aug 04, 2007 05:52 AM #11
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The business community impressed me too George; I had a lot of respect for the organizers, there is so much to coordinate on a project like that.
Aug 04, 2007 06:01 AM #12
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The business community impressed me too George; I had a lot of respect for the organizers, there is so much to coordinate on a project like that.
Aug 04, 2007 06:02 AM #13
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Its very positive that they are helping Veterans. Its a shame to see a veteran who has spend 10 years or more serving his/her country out in the cold.

I am a big Red Sox fan so there! They come in our area every summer. Your garage? would you say that it has this something rather charm?

Thanks for sharing.

Aug 05, 2007 08:38 AM #14
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We just got an email from you. My brother and I are in this blog world as partners together. Most of the time  it's via me, and others it's Richard. Our blog for Lake Tahoe is one in the same. Thanks for getting back in touch with us. We're subscribing...etc.
Aug 05, 2007 09:42 AM #15
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Thanks, Lloyd, I bet you could get a branch of this group going in your area too! My garage, the one that is still standing but 'bowed'? lol  
Aug 05, 2007 09:44 AM #16
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