For the third-generation homeowners in East Palo Alto, volunteers from the Menlo Park Kiwanis and Menlo Fire Department completely renovated the home as part of National Rebuilding Day. Each year on the last Saturday in April, National Rebuilding Day unites the largest nationwide group of volunteers from all walks of life to rehabilitate homes and community facilities in an effort to revitalize local communities.
Each year on the last Saturday in April, National Rebuilding Day unites the largest nationwide group of volunteers from all walks of life to rehabilitate homes and community facilities in an effort to revitalize local communities.
“Rebuilding Together Peninsula provides the inspiration and planning, and we show up to work,” said Tom Boeddiker, Kiwanis Club co-captain for this year’s project. “This is the 27th year we’ve participated in this program. Each project gives us all a real sense of camaraderie and accomplishment, particularly when you see the homeowners’ joy as their homes are transformed right before their eyes.”
“Each home we’ve worked on comes with a different history, unique needs, and its own scope of work,” said co-captain Thompson Sako, a local contractor who organized the work for the day. “Firefighters from various firehouses in Menlo Park helped Kiwanis Club members complete the project in a single day. They’ve been partners in this project for many years.”
The home was painted inside and out, repairs were made to fences and steps, window sills and doors. A final yard cleanup and moving furniture back into place completed the project by late afternoon, leaving the home as good as new.
Rebuilding Together is a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing with more than 40 years of experience. Together, with its corporate and community partners, it transforms the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities. Rebuilding Together’s local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects nationwide each year.