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Press Release: Rebuilding Together Dutchess County Receives $5,000 Make a Difference Day Grant from Gannett Foundation

Poughkeepsie, NY - 10/16/14 Rebuilding Together Dutchess County has received a $5,000 Make a Difference Day grant to provide critical home repairs for a City of Poughkeepsie  homeowner in need. The grant comes from The Gannett Foundation, and Rebuilding Together is partnering with the Poughkeepsie Journal and the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region on the project.

On the fourth Saturday in October, millions of Americans will unite to do good for others on Make A Difference Day, a national day of service that USA WEEKEND Magazine began in 1992.  Both USA Today, publisher of USA WEEKEND Magazine, and the Poughkeepsie Journal are Gannett Companies.

On Make a Difference Day, Oct. 25, 2014, Rebuilding Together Dutchess County will partner with volunteers from the Poughkeepsie Journal and local United Way to provide home repairs for a 77-year-old City of Poughkeepsie resident who has lived in her home for more than 20 years.  The home, which has been in her family for more than 80 years, has become more difficult for her to maintain on her own. Repairs on the 1920s home are focused on keeping the elderly homeowner safe, healthy and independent, including repairing the front porch, windows, doors, gutters and foundation, painting, installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, electrical outlets and an exterior handrail for safety.

“RTDC is thrilled to receive support from the Gannett Foundation, and we look forward to working with the Poughkeepsie Journal and United Way team! Their assistance is crucial for homeowners that so desperately need help maintaining their homes,” said RTDC Executive Director Christina Boryk. “Funding for the Rebuilding Day Program preserves affordable homeownership for some of the most vulnerable residents of Dutchess County,” Boryk said. “This funding will enable Rebuilding Together to provide the repairs, energy efficiency improvements and accessibility modifications necessary for homeowners in need in our community to continue to live in the homes and neighborhoods they love and allow them to concentrate their limited resources on the other needs of their lives, such as health care, education, food, transportation and clothing.”

“We are so pleased that through the generosity of the Gannett Foundation that we at the Poughkeepsie Journal are able to support this worthwhile community effort,” said Publisher Barry Rothfeld. “We urge all residents to get involved on Make a Difference Day for the betterment of this community we call home.”

Rebuilding Together Dutchess County is accepting donations to fund future assistance programs, and to help our struggling neighbors in the Dutchess County area. For more information on Rebuilding Together Dutchess County or how you can support its community efforts, please call 845-454-7310.

Press Release: RTDC Prepares for Make A Difference Day

Poughkeepsie, NY 9/26/14 – On the fourth Saturday in October, millions of Americans will unite to do good for others on Make A Difference Day. Locally, Rebuilding Together Dutchess County will hold their Fall Rebuilding Day on October 25, as part of their Rebuilding Day Program and in celebration of the National day of service.  The non-profit will complete six home repairs, increasing the total number of homeowners served through the program this year to 16.

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, IBM, Erie Insurance, Lowe’s, The Poughkeepsie Journal, and United Way of Dutchess and Orange will volunteer to complete critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficiency upgrades. Other program supporters include Dutchess County, Home Depot and Ulster Savings Foundation.

One of the six homeowners RTDC will serve on Fall Rebuilding Day is a 77 year old woman who has lived in her 1920’s City of Poughkeepsie home for over 20 years. Volunteers will complete repairs on the home that are focused on keeping the elderly homeowner safe and independent.  Including repairing the front porch, windows, doors, gutters and foundation, painting and installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, electrical outlets, and an exterior handrail.  Another project taking place in Pawling is for an 86 year old widow of an Army veteran who served during WWII. The home was built in approximately 1955 and the she has lived in the home for over 35 years. Repairs to her home will include removing aging shingles and re-siding the entire house as well as repairing storm windows and replacing the aging exterior steps that are a tripping hazard for the elderly homeowner.

“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 200 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.

Press Release: RTDC Receives $5,000 Home Depot Community Impact Grant

Poughkeepsie, NY -  9/30/14 - Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (RTDC) has received a $5,000 Community Impact grant from The Home Depot Foundation to provide critical home repairs for two local military families. Repairs will be performed by volunteers on Make A Difference Day, October 25, 2014. The $5,000 grant will be used to purchase the necessary materials to complete the two projects.

One of the recipients of repairs by RTDC is an 86- year- old widow of an Army veteran who lives alone and survives on a very limited income. She is finding it increasingly difficult to maintain her home on her own, and as a result, the home has begun to deteriorate, creating a dangerous and unhealthy living environment. The damage is so extensive that the home is no longer properly sealed from the elements, making it less energy efficient and exposing it to further damage caused by rain and moisture. Rebuilding Together volunteers will remove the aging shingles and re-side the entire home, and they will also provide energy efficiency upgrades, replace aging exterior steps and install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
“RTDC is thrilled to receive The Home Depot Foundation grant! Their support is crucial for homeowners that so desperately need assistance maintaining their homes,” said Executive Director of RTDC, Christina Boryk. “The grant will directly impact two of our neighbors in need, providing them with the accessibility modifications and critical repairs that will bring them back to a safe, warm, dry, and independent living environment.”

National Rebuilding Day Application Submission Deadline October 31st

Poughkeepsie, NY – Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (RTDC) is accepting applications for their home repair and accessibility modification 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.

The deadline for applications to be considered for National Rebuilding Day in April is October 31, 2014. Income qualified Dutchess County homeowners, especially those who are elderly, living with a disability, veterans or parents with young children are encouraged to apply.

Since RTDC’s founding in 1992, over 430 Dutchess County homeowners have been helped with critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-efficiency upgrades valued at over $4.6 million in market value, and over 12,000 volunteers have been engaged.

The local organization is an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, the nation’s largest volunteer organization that rehabilitates homes and revitalizes communities to make them safe and healthy.  Rebuilding Together Dutchess County completes large projects on National Rebuilding Day in April and Fall Rebuilding Day in October, as well as smaller Handyman projects throughout the year.

To receive an application or to find out how you can help support RTDC’s home repair program visit www.rebuildingtogetherdutchess.org or call 845-454-7310.

RTDC Volunteer, Chris Meyer, Nominated for National Award

Press Release - 09/11/2014 - Dutchess County resident and local business owner, Chris Meyer, has been selected by Rebuilding Together as one of six finalists eligible to receive the National 2014 Tradesperson of the Year Award. The 4th Annual Award honors America’s skilled trades volunteers who use their talents to lend a hand to their neighbors and their communities.  The six finalists were selected from applications received from Rebuilding Together affiliates nationwide. Meyer, President of Meyer Contracting, is one of Rebuilding Together Dutchess County’s (RTDC) most valued supporters and has been involved with the local non-profit for nearly 15 years.  During that time Chris has served in many volunteer capacities with RTDC including Inspector and House Captain, House Selection Committee member and Chair as well as having served on the board for over 10 years.

“Chris has been an integral supporter of RT Dutchess County”, said Executive Director, Christina Boryk. “His contracting expertise contributed greatly to the development of our organization as well as our Rebuilding Day Programs. We are thrilled to learn that such a great friend and community leader is being recognized for his selfless service to better our local community.” Chris continues to volunteer with RTDC as an Inspector and House Captain each year both roles are critical components in evaluating, planning, and executing projects. Chris receives a lot of enjoyment throughout the process, especially the homeowner’s appreciation for the impact he and his crew are able to make on their lives.

Help RTDC say thank you to local tradesperson, Chris Meyer. Chris is someone who donates his time and talent to improving our local community, who is a role model in his industry and is committed to helping others. Rebuilding Together Dutchess County is encouraging local community members to log onto http://rttradespersonoftheyear.com/, and support Chris Meyer by voting daily.  Voting ends 9/21/2014.

For more information on Rebuilding Together Dutchess County or how you can support its community efforts, please visit rebuildingtogetherdutchess.org or call 845-454-7310.

Pictured: Chris Meyer, President, Meyer Contracting (right), Christina Boryk, Executive Director of RTDC (middle), and Pleasant Valley homeowners recently served by Rebuilding Together (left)