Rebuilding National Story
Rebuilding Together is the nation’s largest volunteer program providing assistance to homeowners who, because of physical or financial limitations, are unable to make needed home repairs on their own.
Incorporated in 1988, the national organization is headquartered in Washington, DC and promotes the replication and coordination of affiliates in more than 865 cities in all 50 states. For more information regarding the national Rebuilding Together program, please visit www.rebuildingtogether.org.
Rebuilding Together Essex was established in 1997. Our affiliate has provided service to over 150 homeowners and nonprofit facilities. Most of our work is accomplished by volunteers. Our annual rebuild day is generally held on the 4th Saturday in April. (Formerly known as Christmas in April). We also do special projects throughout the year.
Volunteers do a wide variety of free repairs, including carpentry, plumbing, electrical, plastering, painting, landscaping, weatherization and disability modification.
Rebuilding Together, Essex County, NJ works with local community and government organizations to identify low-income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly, disabled, or have small children living at home and in need of assistance. Neighborhoods from which four or more applications are submitted are considered for selection. Applications meeting basic requirements, including home ownership and income level are carefully reviewed. The Board makes final house selections.
No. All repairs are provided at no cost to homeowner. However, homeowners, along with family members and friends, are expected to assist with the work.
The program is made possible by the generous support of individuals, corporations, labor associations, foundations, civic groups and religious organizations interested in helping build a better community.
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