It’s no secret that April is our favorite month of the year. The last Saturday in April is National Rebuilding Day, or as we refer to it, Event Day.
Our board of directors, committee members, and hundreds of local volunteers spend the entire day putting the finishing touches on the improvements of more than twenty homes across the city of El Paso. Meanwhile, volunteers across the country work with our affiliates for the same purpose. It’s a magical thing to see the very tangible impact that we have in our own city and to know that we are part of a nation-wide project. Understandably, that one day is the culmination of months of work and organization, but it isn’t the only thing we do. In fact, our team works year-round. Here are just a few of the things we focus our efforts on:
The homes we complete on Event Day are just a portion of the homes we renovate. Our work doesn’t stop there. The same kinds of improvements that take place in Event Day homes are being done year-round. We refer to the homes that are being renovated in the “off season” as Project Homes. It makes sense that we would work on homes all year since the need is there all year. We are continually taking care of the paperwork, reviewing homes, sending out contractors, and seeing homes through to completion. This year, we have set a goal to complete a total of 50 homes by the end of the calendar year. We are already over 2/3rds of the way there.
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In recent years, we’ve made efforts to become even more involved in the community. We’re able to do so by partnering up with other El Paso institutions. Earlier this year, for instance, we joined forces with the University of Texas at El Paso and their volunteer initiative Project MOVE. You can read more about it here, but in short, one hundred UTEP students volunteered for six hours and completed work on five homes! A great success!
As a nonprofit, we rely on grants and donations. We couldn’t have the impact on El Paso that we do without the generous support of others! We’ve had great success with our fundraisers in previous years, and we hope to announce our latest fundraiser soon.
If you are interested in making a direct donation, you can do so by visiting our donation page.
Prepare for Next Year’s Event Day
We begin to shift our focus to the upcoming Event Day as early as the first of the year. Each year we are looking to improve and better our efforts. Tentatively, we want to complete 33 homes on Event Day 2015. A project that big won’t happen without lots of advance planning!
It may seem like our work is never done, but our team is committed to the mission of preserving and revitalizing houses and communities, assuring that low income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly and disabled, live in warmth, safety, and independence.