Rebuilding Together, the leading national nonprofit organization with a mission to repair the homes of people in need and revitalize our communities, will host its annual National Rebuilding Month this April. Last year, over 30,000 volunteers donated 230,000 hours throughout National Rebuilding Month.

In our community, Rebuilding Together Peoria will host volunteers to repair 8 homes and one nonprofit agency in Peoria  during National Rebuilding Month.

Throughout April, Rebuilding Together affiliates and volunteers will serve veterans, older adults, families with children and victims of disaster by providing them with a variety of critical, safe and healthy home repairs, including: flooring repairs and replacement, weatherization repairs, roof and handrail replacements, accessibility modifications, painting, landscaping and other major home rehabilitations. The repairs are provided free of charge to neighbors in need, who are often faced with diminishing resources and must choose food and medicine over critical home repairs.  Over time, neglect of maintenance can lead to crumbling foundations, dangerously sagging roofs and windows and doors that can’t be securely shut.

“What began as a grassroots effort to repair homes and revitalize communities is now a nationwide movement to ensure everyone can live in a safe home and community,” said Caroline Blakely, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “Through the work of our dedicated rebuilders, we are able to positively impact the lives of our neighbors in need during the month of April and throughout the year.”

National Rebuilding Month will culminate on National Rebuilding Day, Saturday April, 27, and will engage volunteers to complete repairs on homes, nonprofit facilities and community spaces to bring immediate, transformational change to communities across America on the same day.

National Rebuilding Month originated in 1973 in Midland, TX, with volunteers helping neighbors rebuild their homes. The group founded Rebuilding Together, at the time “Christmas in April,” and gathered around a month of service each year in April. The mission then grew beyond the idea of providing service one month per year to bringing volunteers together to provide homeowners in need with critical repairs year-round.

For more information on National Rebuilding Month, visit www.rebuildingtogether.org/nrm and follow #RebuildingMonth on social media.

Rebuilding Together Peoria, Inc., is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, volunteer organization dedicated to helping low-income homeowners, through home renovation and repair. Its goal is to keep people living in warmth, safety and independence, while helping to build better neighborhoods in the Peoria, Illinois, area. For more information, visit www.RebuildingTogetherPeoriaIL.com or contact us at 309-674-2462.