Rebuilding Together Henry County makes its impact through providing free-of-charge home repairs and updates to existing homeowners in the Geneseo, Cambridge, Annawan school districts. Thanks to our many volunteers, our projects benefit families, such as Jan’s*.
A single mother of two, including one with a chronic medical disability, Jan was proud of her ability to retain a home for her children, but faced skyrocketing utility bills and water leakage issues during summer storms. Thanks to the volunteers from a local church who adopted her project, Jan now has 10 new windows, 2 new exterior doors and an attic full of insulation. “The house is so quiet now,” Jan commented just after work day. “The workers were great and the day was such fun. I am so grateful for everything Rebuilding Together and their volunteers did for me.” In addition to quiet and rain-free windows, Jan should see a 25% reduction in utility bills thanks to the new weather-tight windows and doors and the increased insulation.
*name changed for privacy
Your donation today will help another family like Jan's spend this winter in a warmer, drier and safer house.
Why Are These Services Needed? The number of low-income homeowners increases each year. This growth means that more and more families are placed in the position of choosing between vital necessities, such as food or medicine, or a roof that does not leak. Rebuilding Together works to ensure that as many of those families as possible do not have to make these difficult choices.
How are Homeowners Selected? Homeowners must be low-income and elderly, disabled, or families with children, and unable to do the work themselves. Individual families are referred through neighborhood associations, churches, synagogues, community organizations, and service groups, or by self-referral.
When Do We Work? Our affiliate works all year round performing home modifications, and work throughout the year to plan our home rehabilitation efforts for the last Saturday in April, next scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2016.
Who Volunteers? Anyone 14 years and over can volunteer! And Rebuilding Together needs people with many talents and abilities — from people who can help scrape paint to those who are trained craftsmen. Business executives, students, bus drivers, politicians and policemen pitch in annually across America to help build better communities. Tradespeople are always in demand and carpenters, plumbers, electricians, roofers, and others with special skills donate their time as house captains and crew leaders.
What does it cost? All home rehabilitation services are free for low-income homeowners. Labor and many supplies are typically donated. Homeowners and family members are asked to welcome the volunteers into their homes and work alongside them to the extent possible. Our work is done with families and neighborhoods, not for them. Donations are always accepted to help us offset the costs of these free-of-charge repairs to low-income homeowners.
Our home modification services are provided to all homeowners, regardless of income. Low-income persons receive free modifications; middle income persons are asked to contribute material costs; high income persons are asked to contribute material and labor costs.
Who Sponsors Rebuilding Together? Funds come from generous individuals, corporations, foundations, civic organizations, churches, and schools that are interested in helping to build a better world. Rebuilding Together is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization supported by voluntary contributions of time and money. Every dollar given is leveraged to create four dollars in market value through donated materials and labor.
Is My Contribution Tax-Deductible? Yes. All contributions are tax-deductible. Contributions can be sent to Rebuilding Together Henry County, P.O. Box 254, Geneseo, IL 61254 or make an online donation.
How Can I Get Help or Refer Someone? For a referral form, see tab "Get Involved" or call or email our office at (309) 944-6442 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your donation helps a family, a person with disabilities or a family in need live in warmth and safety!