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Outstanding Volunteer Awards 2015

We are continually overwhelmed by the generosity of our volunteers - without them we would not be able to make such a difference in our community. They come from all types of backgrounds, but with one mission: to change lives and communities for the better.

Nominate a Friend for an Outstanding Volunteer Award!

Do you know an outstanding individual that has donated their time to volunteering for Rebuilding Together Dutchess County? We have three opportunities for you to nominate them and recognize their selfless efforts:

1. The Ron Stein Volunteer of the Year Award The intent of the Ron Stein Volunteer of the Year Award is to recognize an individual or individuals who have made significant contributions to the organization through their volunteer service. Nominees have provided an exceptional level of support, activity, commitment and/or leadership over an extended period of time.

2. The Tradesperson of the Year Award The intent of the Tradesperson of the Year Award is to recognize a person or team who has provided a high level of support or activity to the organization through their trade or special skill.

3. Rookie of the Year Award The intent of the Rookie of the Year Award is to recognize a person or team that has been involved with Rebuilding Together Dutchess County for the first time in the last 12 months and who has demonstrated great enthusiasm, skill, and devotion to their respective project.

Please download the nomination forms using these links: Volunteer of the Year Award | Tradesperson of the Year Award | Rookie of the Year Award, and submit via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or mail to PO Box 3695 Poughkeepsie, NY 12603, before 8/21/2015. Award recipients will be recognized at the 9th annual Night of Comedy this fall.

Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation Awards RTDC $5,000 Grant

6/18/15 - The Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation recently awarded a $5,000 grant to Rebuilding Together Dutchess County in support of a new home repair project in Dutchess County.

For the past 23 years, Rebuilding Together Dutchess County, along with 12,500 volunteers have completed over 450 home repair projects. The investment has added a market value of $5 million into communities throughout Dutchess County.

This month, Executive Director Christina Boryk was presented with an Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation $5,000 grant in support of our Rebuilding Day Program initiatives. Ulster Charitable Foundation is a longstanding supporter of our work to provide safe and healthy homes and we are excited to continue our partnership again this year!

“With every home repair project they complete, Rebuilding Together Dutchess County helps preserve affordable homeownership, stabilize properties and their values, allow seniors and disabled individuals to live independently in their homes and much more,” said MaryRose Warcholak, Executive Director of the Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation. “We applaud their accomplishments and are happy to lend our support with this grant.”

PHOTO CAPTION: MaryRose Warcholak (right), Executive Director of the Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation, and Ronald K. Myers, (left), Charitable Foundation Treasurer, present the Foundation’s $5,000 grant check to Christina Boryk (center), Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Dutchess County, at Ulster Savings Bank’s 180 Schwenk Drive, Kingston headquarters.

What Motivates a Lifelong Volunteer?

In just two days, over 150 volunteers will descend onto Dutchess County neighborhoods to transform homes and lives in celebration of our national call to service, National Rebuilding Day (NRD). The volunteers in Dutchess County are just one fraction of the tens of thousands that will be working across the nation to help homeowners and communities in need this Saturday, April 25th.

Bill Markey (pictured) is a volunteer that has been an integral part of our Rebuilding Together family for over 20 years. In the early 1990’s, he rolled up his sleeves as a volunteer at a Rebuilding Day project and has stayed involved with Rebuilding Together through many capacities since; as a Board Member, through Handyman projects and by volunteering on Rebuilding Days.

Bill’s positive attitude and unwavering devotion to his community makes him an outstanding volunteer. When asked what keeps him coming back year after year, his response was straightforward, simply helping homeowners remain comfortable and safe in their own home. “You meet so many great people and you are giving the homeowner a freedom or opportunity they wouldn't have had,” Bill told us recently. It’s this dedication that makes Bill a true example of our mission: bringing volunteers and communities together to help our neighbors in need remain safe and healthy in their own home.

This Saturday, Bill will once again be a House Captain leading one of our NRD teams.  His team will be helping an individual who is like so many in our community; due to physical and financial restraints, she has difficulty keeping up with repairs to her home.

It’s not too late for you to support the efforts we are making to help homeowners in Dutchess County and have your gift matched $1 for $1 during the month of April! Your contribution will help us provide repairs to assist more homeowners throughout the year, including the 10 currently on our waiting list. Click here to make a donation.

As the final touches are made for National Rebuilding Day this Saturday, we invite you to join us in thanking all of our dedicated volunteers for their commitment to bettering the lives of our neighbors in need!

National Rebuilding Day 2015 Homeowner Spotlight: Patricia

We are less than a week away from National Rebuilding Day! On Saturday, April 25th, right here in Dutchess County, over 150 volunteers will complete critical repairs on 8 homes in a single day, including Patricia’s home.

Patricia is a 74 year old resident of Pleasant Valley. The pride she takes in her home is apparent as soon as you enter; she has filled the entrance hallway with photos of her children, and proudly displays the American flag she received in honor of her deceased husband’s service in the US Marine Corps. Her limited income has prevented her from being able to afford critical upkeep of her home. As a result, the roof has begun to leak, causing the elderly homeowner to constantly worry. When she learned about RTDC, it was her last resort. “I heard about Rebuilding Together from the Office for the Aging. It was so hard to ask for help, but I was worried about losing my house,” Patricia told us. Through our Rebuilding Day Program, Patricia will be receiving a roof replacement, and volunteers will also provide energy efficiency upgrades, repairing flooring that is a tripping hazard, and install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure her health and safety for many years to come.

While we are excited to help Patricia, there are 10 more homeowners on Rebuilding Together Dutchess County’s waiting list who still need our help.  Please consider making a gift of $25 today – the cost of purchasing one grab bar – to help homeowners like Patricia remain in homes that are safe and healthy. During the month of April all contributions will also be matched $1 for $1 up to $6,000, thanks to a generous matching gift initiative from our board. Make your gift today and DOUBLE your impact!

Thank you for helping us to serve more of our neighbors in need. Together we can reach our goal of a safe and healthy home for every person!

Press Release: RTDC to Participate in National Rebuilding Month

9 Dutchess County Homeowners to receive cost-free home repairs

Poughkeepsie, NY 4/16/2015 – Rebuilding Together Dutchess County, a nonprofit with a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person announced that April 2015 marks its 24th annual National Rebuilding Month. National Rebuilding Month is the organization’s nationwide call to provide safe and healthy homes for America’s low income homeowners and families across the country during the month of April, punctuated with the annual National Rebuilding Day on April 25th, a culmination of months of planning.
This year, more than 50,000 volunteers will serve at over 1,700 affiliate-led rebuild projects during the month of April. Rebuilding Together Dutchess County will complete 9 projects during National Rebuilding Month 2015, bringing together over 150 volunteers to serve low-income homeowners and communities in need including a single mother who lives at home with her disabled adult daughter, an elderly woman who has lived in her 1940’s home for almost 50 years, and a 74 year old widow of a US Marine. Renovations will include general weatherization efforts, roofing, gutter, flooring, plumbing and electrical repairs, and installation of windows, doors, grab bars, handrails, and smoke detectors.
National Rebuilding Month is embraced by community leaders and national corporate partners as a way of bringing immediate, large-scale impact to communities across America in a single month. Local sponsors include Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Central Hudson, Dutchess County, First Niagara, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Leadership Dutchess, Meyer Contracting Corp., Poughkeepsie South Rotary, Poughquag United Methodist Church, Sholes and Miller, TD Bank, and Walden Savings Bank, and national sponsor Sears Holding Corp.
For over 20 years, Rebuilding Together Dutchess County has brought volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of the growing population of low-income homeowners in need, completing over 450 critical home repair projects.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are 5.2 million homeowners who live in deteriorating, physically inadequate homes that threaten their wellbeing. Therefore, the demand for Rebuilding Together’s services continues to grow as limited income homeowners, faced with diminishing resources, must choose food and medicine over critical home repairs, choices that, over time, lead to crumbling foundations, dangerously sagging roofs, and windows and doors that can’t be secured for their own safety.
“April is an exciting time for Rebuilding Together. As we celebrate National Rebuilding Month, we are reminded of our history as Christmas in April as well as the tremendous impact we can have on our community when we all work together to help our neighbors in need,” said RTDC Executive Director Christina Boryk.