REBUILDING TOGETHER is part of a National non-profit organization called Rebuilding Together. The goal of this organization is to bring communities together in efforts to assist those in need of general home repair and improvements.
This is a volunteer organization that, in partnership with the community, rehabilitates the houses of low income homeowners. The program targets the elderly, disabled and families with children, so they may continue to live in warmth, safety and independence. REBUILDING TOGETHER is a nonprofit, non-sectarian organization supported entirely by voluntary contributions of time and money. After months of planning and preparation, the program culminates on a National rebuilding usually the last Saturday in April. All repairs are completed on that one day. This year’s rebuilding day is Saturday, April 29th.
The REBUILDING TOGETHER (formerly Christmas In April) program has been in existence in Manchester since 1992. The program has worked to restore over 1,300 homes. Over 20,000 volunteers have lent a hand in efforts to improve a neighbor’s living conditions. Improvements have included roofing, interior and exterior painting, replacement windows, plumbing, handicap ramps, electrical work, flooring, landscaping, carpentry work, and small repairs.
To be eligible to receive assistance from this volunteer organization a person must own and occupy their home in Manchester, and be unable to do the work themselves. There are income guidelines as well. Priority is given to fixed, low to moderate iincome families, elderly or disabled individuals.
There is an approval process which requires submitting an application to the House Selection Committee. This committee meets with the prospective recipients to preview the nature of work to be done and verify information listed on the application. The number of homeowners to be assisted each year depends upon available resources such as money for materials, volunteer labor and the ability to complete the work in one day. All applications are considered.
Recipients of the program are asked to welcome volunteers into their homes and to share in this "neighborhood helping neighbor" program. A certain amount of publicity will be involved in order to bring the program back to the community year after year.
Contact Molly Devanney, Executive Director, at 860-647-3167 or email.