This month is National Rebuilding Month. “Rebuilding Together” is a local non profit that celebrates the occasion in a unique way. The non profit, out of Frederick, Md., is dedicated to repairing homes and revitalizing communities. They serve almost 3,000 people in need of a critical home throughout the country.
“This house is getting a lot of work done, we’ve got Frederick County High School and Frederick County Tech High School doing a lot of work inside and outside the house. There are students, teachers, retired people, all sorts of volunteers doing a great job to help this homeowner stay in her home,” Mark Sullivan said, the president of Rebuilding Together.
Saturday afternoon crews were out in the area at various locations. A home on Redwood Avenue was filled with volunteers of all ages.
The home owner says she filled out the application years ago and says this is a special day for her and her family.
“I am blessed, I am grateful, and I don’t know what to say, I’m just in awe of it all because they are in here they are doing their job,” Sonia Bell said, the homeowner.
Officials from “Rebuilding Together” say, the work extends far beyond home repairs, and addresses major community needs. They say they provide all the materials and are always looking volunteers.
“We pay for the materials the volunteers dedicate the labor and the homeowners pay nothing,” Sullivan said.
Some volunteers say they have been doing this program for years. And being able to help a perfect stranger is very rewarding.
“It makes me feel really nice to be able to help someone who I’ve never met just being able to come out here to devote a Saturday instead of doing something not as important, it definitely makes me feel good,” Matthew LaFrance said, a junior at Middletown High School. Just last year, over 30,000 volunteers donated 230,000 hours through national rebuilding month.