Pasadena helps out with home repairs

first_imgIf you already have construction skills or are willing to learn, this just might be the right volunteer organization for you. Do you watch “This Old House?” Can you identify a photo of Bob Vila? Do you know the hours that Home Depot is open? Rebuilding Together Pasadena is an organization that helps rehabilitate the homes of very low-income, elderly, and/or disabled homeowners so that they can be safe inside their own homes. Rebuilding Together is the nation’s largest volunteer organization. There is no permanent office and all organization workers are unpaid. The group started in Texas in 1988 with neighbors helping neighbors. Over the last 12 years, Rebuilding Together has helped refurbish and rehabilitate more than 150 homes in Pasadena and Altadena. There are some work days coming up and 10 private homes and two nonprofit facilities have been selected to receive some TLC. Typical projects can involve faucet replacement, installation of smoke alarms, priming, painting and drywall hanging. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Over the past few years, a new assistance category has been added to help customize residences for veterans who are returning home with injuries and need to have their homes fitted with wider doors, wheelchair ramps, and safety grab bars. There is a spring workday on Saturday. The hours are from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and there is a “Volunteer Waiver Form” to download. The form also asks if you are volunteering as an individual or with a group, if you have skills in carpentry, electrical, fencing, roofing, plumbing, or if your skills are more in line with volunteer coordination, logistics, fundraising, publicity, and food. Volunteers will be provided with breakfast, lunch, beverages, and a T-shirt. If you are interested in either working that day or finding out more information, call Kent Lee at (626)798-6176 or go online to Send information about your organization to [email protected], (626)962-8811, Ext. 2252; or fax to (626) 856-2758. last_img

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