Mission: To bring volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners in baltimore city and baltimore county.
Programs: The organization provides no cost home repairs to homeowners, focusing on repairs that will make homes warmer, safer, drier and more energy efficient, as well as repairs and improvements that will contribute to community revitalization. In addition to providing repairs for individual homeowners, the organization also completes community beautification projects in two target neighborhoods each year. The majority of the repairs and community beautification projects are completed by volunteers. The organization engages hundreds of volunteers to work in the target neighborhoods for the annual rebuilding day event, held every april. Additionally, the organization provides repairs through its fix-it program and through special project days with corporate partners.
Have you ever seen a commercial on the HGTV channel called "Raise the Roof" ? That is where I found out about RTB. I started volunteering in March of 2012, a few months after I retired. It was just about six weeks before their annual event, Rebuilding Day, which takes place every year on the last Saturday in April. The organization is nationwide and partners with many well known suppliers of home rebuilding items, like Lowe's, HGTV, Sears and Home Depot, to help low income residents of the city and the county make their homes warmer, safer and drier. I was able to speak to the prospective clients and assess their repair needs, and help with the registration of our new volunteers. It is incredibly heart warming to bring a smile to a person's face (you can hear it over the phone) who finds out that they are living in one of our target neighborhoods and might be able to qualify for free repair assistance. The group helps the whole neighborhood, not just individual homes, and that stabilizes those areas for everybody.