In two weeks, over 150 volunteers will come out to lend a hand around Dutchess County for National Rebuilding Day on April 30th. One volunteer leading that day is dedicated Volunteer Coordinator, Jay Tompkins. Jay started his volunteer experience at Rebuilding Together Dutchess County through the Leadership Dutchess team in 2008. While he spent just one day painting, the true lesson has stayed with him throughout the years: “I really had a sense of instant gratification, not only for myself but for the person whose home we were working on.” After completing this project, Jay knew it was an experience that he would go back to.
Jay’s opportunity to volunteer again with RTDC came through the Central Hudson team a few years later. Since his start six years ago, he has led the group in the role of House Captain as well as his current position of Volunteer Coordinator. His favorite part about being a Volunteer Coordinator is being able to build a comradery with his team and be able to take a leadership role in the process. Jay enjoys the fact that most of his volunteers return each year but the best part is getting someone new: “If I can acquire one or two different people and expose them to the process, it gets them hooked.” The Central Hudson team has been involved with Rebuilding Together Dutchess County since our inception in 1992 and has sponsored a project every year. We thank them for their continued support and dedication to the community.
Jay is looking forward to this coming National Rebuilding Day especially. The Central Hudson team is paired with a homeowner who has been a wheelchair user due to an accident over thirty years ago. Jay has already been integral by inspecting the home and giving additional suggestions based on his own situations. “If I can help him out with even one little thing that will make his life easier based on my own experience, that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
Rebuilding Together Dutchess County is grateful for Jay’s continued commitment and enthusiasm for helping the members of our community. When asked what he would say to encourage others to join RTDC’s efforts, Jay replied: “When you step back and you look at what you did, it’s really quite amazing what you can accomplish in one day with some preparation and some planning. I wish people would not be intimidated and realize that anyone can volunteer without being an expert.”
As we get closer to National Rebuilding Day, we invite you to join us in thanking Jay and all of our dedicated volunteers for their commitment to bettering the lives of our neighbors in need!
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.
Upcoming Opportunities - We need your help!
We are very excited to be attending several community outreach events this year, but we need your help to further our impact in Dutchess County! Events such as fairs, festivals, and picnics help us to spread the word about our organization and to educate individuals who may not be aware of our services. This is a great opportunity to dedicate time to a local organization serving our neighbors in need!
General Volunteer (Anytime)
Non-Profit Repair Project (Spring 2016)