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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.

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!