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Together, they rebuild: Volunteers fix homes of four local families

Poughkeepsie, NY – 10/2/2015 - Rebuilding Together Dutchess County will hold their Fall Rebuilding Day on October 24, as part of their Rebuilding Day Program. The non-profit will complete repairs for four local homeowners - of which three are veterans – with the help of over 100 volunteers.  This will increase the total number of homeowners served through the program this year to 15. In addition to one of their biggest events of the year, Fall Rebuilding Day also coincides with Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of community service.

Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (RTDC) works with volunteers to repair and modify homes for low-income homeowners at no cost to those served, allowing them to live independently in a warm, safe, and dry environment.  Sponsorship teams from Antalek and Moore Insurance Agency, Entergy, Hyde Park United Methodist Church, IBM, Lowe’s, and M&T Bank will volunteer to complete critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficiency upgrades. Other program supporters include Dutchess County, Home Depot and The Northeast Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

One of the four homeowners RTDC will serve is a Korean War veteran and his disabled son.  On Fall Rebuilding Day, volunteers will complete several critical repairs including: gutter repairs, window replacements, electrical upgrades, plumbing repairs, general weatherization, stair repair and the elimination of tripping hazards. The repairs on the home are focused on keeping the homeowner safe and healthy so that he can enjoy the freedoms he fought to protect!

“We are so pleased to be able to serve more of our neighbors in need this fall,” said RTDC Executive Director, Christina Boryk. “Every additional homeowner that we can help live in a warm, safe, and dry environment is a success for our organization, our partners, and our community and contributes to our goals of a safe and healthy home for every person while preserving affordable housing stock in Dutchess County.”

Rebuilding Together Dutchess County along with nearly 166 fellow Rebuilding Together affiliates across the country and the help of hundreds of thousands of volunteers rehabilitate and improve the homes of low-income Americans at no cost.  Recipients of services include the elderly, disabled, military veterans and families in need.

2015 Volunteer Awards

We are excited to announce the 2015 recipients of our annual volunteer awards – Volunteer of the Year Wayne Bunker, Tradesperson of the Year Don Veith of Veith Electric  and Rookie of the Year  Christina Piracci! The awards for outstanding volunteer service will be presented at our 9th Annual Night of Comedy.  Rebuilding Together Dutchess County is proud to honor three wonderful volunteers that help make our mission to create warm, safe, dry & independent homes possible. Wayne, Don and Christina embody the true spirit of RTDC and our vision of a safe & healthy home for every person.

Please join us on Thursday, October 22nd at Hammers, Nails, Laughs & Cocktails – our 9th Annual Night of Comedy at the Grandview to support the 2015 volunteer award recipients. Tickets are available to purchase here or by calling the RTDC office at 454-7310 before October 7.


Accepting Applicants for No-Cost Home Repair Programs

Poughkeepsie, NY 6/22/15 – Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (RTDC) is accepting applications for both minor and major home repairs through their Handyman and Rebuilding Day Programs. These services are provided at no cost to qualified homeowners and focus on ensuring that individuals can live independently in safe, warm, dry and healthy homes.

Income qualified Dutchess County homeowners, especially those who are elderly, living with a disability, military veterans or parents with school aged children are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted year-round. If you or a neighbor needs assistance, call RTDC today!

Since RTDC’s founding in 1992, over 12,500 volunteers have been engaged, assisting 450 Dutchess County homeowners with critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-efficiency upgrades valued at over $5 million in market value.

Click here to download an application or find out how you can help support RTDC’s home repair programs.

RTDC Receives $6,000 Grant to Fund Rebuilding Day Program

Poughkeepsie, NY 8/6/15 - Rebuilding Together Dutchess County has received a $6,000 grant from the Northeast Dutchess Fund, a fund of Berkshire Taconic

Community Foundation to support their Rebuilding Day Program, which for over 20 years, has provided cost-free home repairs to hundreds of low-income homeowners throughout Dutchess County.

The Berkshire Taconic grant will be used to directly help RTDC continue providing critical home repairs and accessibility modifications to the homes of income qualified Dutchess County residents at no-cost to the homeowners.Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (RTDC) is a nonprofit organization serving Dutchess County by bringing volunteers and communities together to revitalize homes, assuring that qualified homeowners live independently in a warm, safe and dry environment. Since their founding in 1992, over 450 local homeowners have been helped with repairs valued at over $5 million in market value and over 12,000 volunteers have been engaged.

“RTDC is ecstatic to receive the Northeast Dutchess Fund again this year from Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation! Their continued support for projects in Northeast Dutchess will make a significant impact on the lives and safety of local homeowners,” said Executive Director of RTDC, Christina Boryk. “This will strengthen our Rebuilding Day Program, helping us to grow and serve more of our neighbors in need.”

Pictured: RTDC Program Manager, Wyeth Drummond (left) stands with local couple who received critical home repairs on National Rebuilding Day in April. This project was supported by a grant from the Northeast Dutchess Fund, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation Awards RTDC $5,000 Grant

Poughkeepsie, NY 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.