WMCC Selects Rebuilding Together of Washington, DC as Beneficiary in 2017
The Washington Metro City Center Council has selected Rebuilding Together of Washington, DC (RTDC) as the beneficiary of Cosmo Couture 2017. RTDC’s mission is to preserve and revitalize low-income homes and community facilities in our Nation’s Capital. RTDC makes free home repairs for low income DC homeowners who are Veterans, elderly, disabled or caring for young children in seriously deteriorating conditions and for nonprofit community centers that serve DC’s most vulnerable citizens of all ages. RTDC’s home repairs enable low-income homeowners to stay in their homes, where they can live in warmth and safety with independence and dignity.
In 1973 a small group of good people in Midland, TX realized a growing need in their community. Their neighbors’ homes had fallen into disrepair and the homeowners could not afford to fix them. The founding affiliates volunteered their time and skills to rehabilitate the homes of their neighbors.
This simple act of neighbors helping neighbors inspired others, spreading slowly at first, and then across the country. The mission spread beyond the idea of providing service once a year in April to bringing together partners from all walks of life to help their neighbors year-round. What started as an act of grassroots activism and community engagement became Rebuilding Together and in 1983 the Washington, DC chapter of Rebuilding Together was formed.
Today, with the generous support of house sponsors, volunteers and donors RTDC rehabilitates homes for low-income elderly and disabled homeowners, Veterans, families with children, and for nonprofit facilities such as schools, shelters, and 501(c)(3) community service organizations.
Repairs help those who would be otherwise unable to make them (for financial and/or physical reasons) to continue living independently in warmth and safety and to age in place. All work is done at no cost to the homeowner or facility. Corporations and other groups raise funds and provide sponsorship fees to cover the cost of materials and skilled labor.
Rebuilding Together Washington DC celebrates its 32nd anniversary this year. With the help of tens of thousands of volunteers they have rehabbed over 2,900 homes in the last 32 years. Featured in the 2014/15 Catalogue for Philanthropy, RTDC is “One of the best community-based nonprofit organizations in the Greater Washington region.”
For more information, please visit www.rebuildingtogetherdc.org
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