On the last Saturday in April every year, the nation’s largest group of volunteers come together to rehabilitate the houses of low-income homeowners and revitalize non-profit facilities in their local communities. Partnering with their local Rebuilding Together, every project that volunteers undertake is unique with its own set of needs and scope of work. This year hundreds of Swinerton volunteers from across the nation rallied to help families and non-profit communities in need of essential repairs.
Swinerton continued its long-standing relationship with Rebuilding Together San Francisco, partnering with Education Outside to update a garden and learning center at E.R. Taylor Elementary School. Over 30 Swinerton volunteers and their family members helped to replace a fence around the garden, built small benches and planter beds, constructed a lockable storage shed, and planted mulch around the garden.
Also in San Francisco, some of Swinerton’s most talented Bay Area ladies participated in Rebuilding Together San Francisco’s third annual SHEBUILDS community project. The team lent a helping hand at a confidential property for the Riley Center, an organization providing services to survivors of domestic violence. The scope of work included landscaping, carpentry, painting, rebuilding decks, and installation of lights.
Swinerton’s Bay Area Group in Santa Clara have always been proud supporters of Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley. This year, volunteers took on two projects at the Villa Teresa Mobile Home Community in San Jose. Work included exterior painting, replacing handrails, replacing appliances, landscaping, and repairing siding for two homeowners: an 80-year-old who cares for her two disabled children and a 71-year-old who used the last of her savings to replace the AC/furnace in her home.
Thirty Swinerton Seattle team members showed up to provide their support to Sandra, a 63-year-old widow who currently lives with her two sons, Steven, 33 and Tyrone, 29 who both suffer from autism and mental illness. Sandra herself has limited mobility, due to a bad knee. The project scope consisted of several projects inside and outside the home, including: repairs to kitchen countertops and the kitchen sink, replacing the kitchen sink faucet, and performing repairs to leaking pipes under the sink. The team also made repairs to light fixtures and replaced the garbage disposal. Carpeting in the living room was removed and maintenance in the bathroom performed, which involved tile caulking, tightening the toilet, and installing handrails.
Moving outside, the team repaired the wood deck, replaced light fixtures, cleaned gutters, and built a handrail lining the walkway from the front door which will assist Sandra to walk between her car and the front door.
For this year’s Rebuilding Day, 36 Swinerton Portland volunteers lent a helping hand to Faye, who suffers from an anxiety disorder. Inside the house, the team cleared out furniture and demoed carpet for flooring subcontractor Don Frank who then installed laminate floors. Electrical subcontractor Cochran performed repairs in the kitchen allowing Faye to be able to plug in more than one appliance at a time.
Moving outdoors, volunteers took on multiple projects including: caulking the front windows, adjusting gutters, demo and replacement to Faye’s back slider, cleaned moss off her roof, replaced the door to her garage, cleared out the garage, cleared out brush, trimmed hedges, removed a hazelnut tree, and installed a fence and gate in the front yard. All fencing material was donated by Swinerton as a gift, so that Faye could have a sense of security.
Texas is where it all began for Rebuilding Together back in 1973, when a small group of volunteers got together to revitalize homes in the area. Realizing the potential impact of their work, the group formerly became Christmas in April with the intent to provide repairs and revitalization in their community every April. After achieving national recognition, the group decided to change their name to Rebuilding Together in 1988 and expand their services outside of the Texas border.
In Austin, over 20 Swinerton volunteers showed up ready to tackle exterior paint, yard clean up, and debris removal. The team made critical health and safety repairs providing the homeowner with a heathier well-being and safer mobility, including the installation of pavers and a walkway.
In Southern California, Swinerton volunteers helped 62-year-old Linda who was in much need of support! Linda lives alone in her home which was originally built in 1895—that’s 124 years old! Volunteers got to work helping to revitalize her home by performing exterior painting, repairing rotted wood, updating lighting, and gardening.
In San Diego, three Swinerton employees partnered with the AGC’s Build & Serve Charitable Alliance to help with some minor repairs at Ronald McDonald House (RMH), which needed minor repairs in many of its rooms occupied by families experiencing a medical crisis for their critically ill or injured child; RMH provides the comfort of home during a child’s medical treatments. The scope of work consisted of caulking, painting, sealing group, and touch ups to furniture.