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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.