National Rebuilding Day

April 30, 2016: Kiwanis Club & Fire Department Members Rebufurbish Menlo Park Home In One Day

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For this third-generation homeowner and her family in Menlo Park, volunteers from the Menlo Park Kiwanis and Menlo Fire Department completely rennovated her 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.

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“Rebuilding Together Peninsula provides the inspiration and planning, and we show up to work,” said Kiwanis President Bruce Wellings. “This is the 26th 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 family’s eyes.”

“Each home we’ve worked on comes with a different history, unique needs, and its own scope of work,” said Tom Boeddiker, this year’s project co-captain for Kiwanis. “Thompson Sako, a local contractor, was my co-captain this year, and he organized our work for the day. Firefighters from various firehouses in Menlo Park helped us complete the project in a single day. They’ve been our partners in this project for many years.”

A new roof was put on the house before volunteers started working on the home Saturday morning. By late afternoon, the home had been painted inside and out, funiture was moved back in place, repairs were made to fences and steps, and a final yard cleanup left 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, we transform 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.