Welcome to Rebuilding Together Dutchess County

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 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.

Press Release: Rebuilding Together Introduces New Non-Profit Repair Program

RTDC is Accepting Applications for the Program Year-Round

Poughkeepsie, NY – Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (RTDC), a non-profit housing organization serving Dutchess County for over 23 years, announced that they are now accepting applications for the Non-Profit Repair Program (NPRP). The new program will give local non-profit community organizations the opportunity to apply for repair services and accessibility modifications through Rebuilding Together. Organizations that focus on advocacy and community building are encouraged to apply.

The Non-profit Repair Program aims to cultivate the spirit of volunteerism and community support; the program is dedicated not only to the improvement of individual lives, but also to the improvement of quality of life for all in Dutchess County.

To learn more about the NPRP or to download an application, click here or call 845-454-7310.

Press Release: RTDC Congratulates New Program Manager

Poughkeepsie, NY – 2/4/2015 Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (RTDC) is proud to announce the promotion of Wyeth Drummond to the position of Program Manager. Wyeth has been with the local non-profit organization since 2011. He is a lifelong resident of Dutchess County with over 20 years of non-profit work experience in the mid-Hudson Valley.

In this position, Wyeth will be in charge of developing and executing all Rebuilding Together Dutchess County programs (including Rebuilding Days, The Year-Round Program, and special projects) by managing all aspects of client communication and service, construction, volunteer placement, and vendor relationships.

“Wyeth has been a key part of RTDC’s growth and success in recent years, and we are thrilled to promote him to this position,” said Christina Boryk, Executive Director.