Rebuilding Together Receives Grant from Greater Syracuse Association of REALTORS
January 22, 2003
The Syracuse chapter of Rebuilding Together, a non-profit effort dedicated to assisting low-income community members make needed and emergency home repairs, announced today a grant from the Greater Syracuse Association of REALTORS© (GSAR). The $2500 grant will assist Rebuilding Together in purchasing materials and supplies for the ten-member volunteer group's repair and renovation efforts later this year.
The Syracuse chapter of Rebuilding Together, formerly named Christmas in April, focuses their efforts on low-income home owners that are older adults, single parents or disabled individuals who cannot afford to make needed repairs on their homes. Last year, donated funds allowed Rebuilding Together to assist nine Syracuse area homeowners with such improvements as new water heaters, repaired porches and repainted house exteriors. The group, made up of community members from the housing and non-profit arenas, union leaders and banking representatives, works in a collaborative effort with the homeowners to accomplish the home repairs in a one-day, area-wide rebuilding and repairing effort. Syracuse homeowners who receive Rebuilding Together's assistance are selected through an application process that requires participants to be income-eligible and current on their property taxes.
"The GSAR Grant will help us assist more people and in the process, will also help improve our neighborhoods," said Sarah Torano, Rebuilding Together Coordinator and Home HeadQuarters Program Specialist. "It's amazing what people can accomplish when they work together and get the needed assistance."
Rebuilding Together is the largest volunteer home rehabilitation organization in America with chapters in 865 cities and towns in all 50 states. In 2001, a total of almost 1.8 million volunteers worked 20 million hours to rehabilitate 63,000 houses and non-profit facilities. In 2002, more than 257,250 women and men donated over 2.6 million hours of time to rehabilitate 8,050 houses and non-profit facilities. For more information on donating time or money or find out about the application process for the Syracuse chapter of Rebuilding Together, people can call Home HeadQuarters at (315) 474-1939.