Rebuilding Together South Sound utilizes the help of an army of community volunteers to help make neighborhoods safer and more beautiful for low-income homeowners, especially those with kids, the disabled, and the elderly.
Saturday — April 28 — is Rebuilding Together Day, where all 150 affiliates across the country and thousands of volunteers and homeowners will transform houses. Last year the South Sound Rebuilding Together organization did major yard work at 10 homes, made 44 electrical and plumbing repairs, installed or repaired four roofs, built ramps and made porches safer, installed grab bars in showers, collected more than $200,000 in in-kind donations, and more.
“Rebuilding Together South Sound is a key piece of the housing affordability puzzle,” said Amy Hoyte, executive director of Rebuilding Together South Sound. “There are many reasons a person may have a low income, including age, disability or other circumstances. We give a hand up when someone who has done the work to own a home needs a little extra help to maintain it and keep themselves safe and housed.”
While Rebuilding Together Day is a big event, the organizations also make repairs and modifications to homes year-round. In 2017, the South Sound team improved 90 homes with the help of 630 volunteers — equaling about $450,000 worth of work.
In 2018, approximately 500 South Sound volunteers will work at 25 different local home repair projects. Volunteers from South Sound magazine and South Sound Business magazine will be joining the Zetterberg Custom Homes & Remodeling team this year to help a homeowner in need.
“We love being a part of Tacoma and Pierce County,” Hoyte said. “The support we receive from our suppliers, contractors and partners is unparalleled. That being said, there is so much more work to do. We invite you to join us in serving our neighbors.”
To learn more about how you can volunteer or make a donation, go here. According to Hoyte, the organization is looking for help all year long, especially from anyone who has home improvement skills. To apply for a home improvement project if you live in Pierce County, Federal Way, or Auburn, go here.