“We know you have many choices when it comes to your money and your time. Thank you for choosing Rebuilding Together Saratoga County.”
This final remark from EJ Harkins, Emcee of Rebuilding Together Saratoga County’s 14th Annual Fundraising Dinner and Board Vice President might sound a little familiar. EJ shared that he was recently coming back from a trip on a Southwest flight and a similar statement is always made by Southwest flight attendants as the plane lands. For EJ, this statement rang true as he thought about the significant contributions businesses, volunteers, and community partners make to Rebuilding Together.
Each year Rebuilding Together Saratoga County’s Annual Fundraising Dinner seems to get bigger and better. This year was no different. Held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs, hundreds of Rebuilding Together friends and supporters came together to celebrate and recognize the significant contributions the organization makes in individual people’s lives and in the community as a whole.
During the evening’s formal program, two special guests were given awards for their long-standing relationship with Rebuilding Together Saratoga County and their generous contributions over the years. Jean McLellan received the 2017 Volunteer Award and Saratoga Builders Association represented by Barry Potoker received the 2017 Community Partner Award.
The program also included an introduction to the Frolish family. This family is a true testament to what it means to persevere and live life to its fullest. Tina and Alex Frolish’s two sons, Peter and Philip, are battling Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and move around the world in wheelchairs. Rebuilding Together Saratoga County is delighted to be part of this family’s home renovation project that will allow the boys to move around their home more safely and independently.
In the 14 years since its founding, Rebuilding Together Saratoga County has renovated and revitalized more than 840 homes and 77 nonprofit centers with the help of more than 8,200 volunteers who have dedicated 49,500 hours of their time, bringing hope and renewed pride to homeowners in need throughout Saratoga County.
We all have so many choices when it comes to supporting worthy community organizations and causes. Rebuilding Together Saratoga County would not be what it is today without the support of its volunteers, community and business partners, and generous donors. Thank you for your support!
Sears awarded us $10,000 to provide repairs and accessibility modifications for low-income veterans in our community through their Heroes at Home program.
We are proud of this partnership and thankful for the support of Sears!
We were thrilled to partner with volunteers from Spectrum last month to help a Troy homeowner in need. Volunteers installed a new walkway, replaced fencing, painted, removed carpet, and landscaped.
We also provided free Safe and Healthy Home kits at Capital Roots in Troy through this partnership. We are grateful to Spectrum for working with us to help improve the health and safety of homes in our community!
Rebuilding Together Saratoga County transforms the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities. 2016 was another big year! With your support, we were able to provide the critical repairs and accessibility modifications needed for 120 low-income homeowners to remain in the homes and neighborhoods they love.
In 2016, we made repairs to 120 homes and improved four nonprofit facilities and community spaces. We partnered with more than 800 volunteers who dedicated more than 4,000 hours of time to help our neighbors in need. Together, we served 214 residents and clients served by the nonprofit facilities and community spaces.
We helped Tanya, a 55-year-old single mom with two children, including a 24-year-old son (John) who has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair with a breathing tube and feeding tube. We renovated John’s bedroom and bathroom, allowing him to bathe safely. We also built a ramp, which will make it possible for the family to remain in their home and keep John home. In her thank you note, Tanya said, “This ramp will help more than you know. John will be able to get out more without a struggle…Between bath time and bed time you have made my life easy again.”
Our hard-working volunteers built a ramp for Barbara and Nick in Corinth. Barbara wrote us a thank you note, “To the men who built such a wonderful ramp at our home, I have been enjoying being out in the ‘sun,’ well, when it’s out! It has allowed me access to the yard and the garage. Henry has Alzheimer’s and it allows me to help do a few things around the yard. Thank you guys again. And, you should get a medal for your helping hands.”
Thanks again for helping us modify Mike Shpur’s home! We wanted to share this wonderful thank you note from Mike and Cindy: “We feel like an angel landed on our shoulder when your organization stepped in. Everyone was truly amazing and generous with their time. The bathroom, bedroom and the floors look beautiful. Mike will have a very nice bedroom. Thank you for the ramp and everything you did. We will never forget your generosity.”
Thanks to a generous grant from Lowe’s, we were recently able to providing substantial rehabilitation and repairs for a single mother living in a mobile home park. Repairs included updating plumbing and electrical, replacing windows, insulating, repairing walls, and replacing cabinets and countertops in the kitchen. This work will ensure that the homeowner and her family will have a warm, safe and healthy home!
We recently partnered with more than 20 volunteers from General Electric Research & Development and Power & Water to provide clean up and repair services for 10 low-income homeowners in a mobile home park in Greenfield.
Volunteers spent the day raking leaves, cleaning up trash and debris, planting flowers, landscaping, and providing minor repairs for mobile home park homeowners. Thank you to General Electric for your support of this important project!
Check out this great article by Capital Region Building and Design! Thank you for supporting our work!
We are positively thrilled to be part of another Saratoga Showcase of Homes this year! Check out this article from Toga Tattlers in the Saratogian!