Our Mission

Repairing homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives.

Our Vision

Safe homes and communities for everyone.

Our History

Rebuilding Together started over 30 years ago, as Christmas in April, with an act of grassroots activism and community engagement in Midland, Texas.

A small group of good people realized a growing need in their community. Their neighbors’ homes had fallen into disrepair and the homeowners could not afford to fix them. The founding affiliates volunteered their time and skill to rehabilitate the homes of their neighbors.

This simple act of neighbors helping neighbors inspired others, spreading slowly at first, then across the country. Our mission spread beyond the idea of providing service once a year in April to bringing together partners from all walks of life to our help our neighbors year-round. We became Rebuilding Together and opened the National Headquarters in 1988.

Today, the Rebuilding Together Affiliate Network consists of 200 chapters, located throughout the United States. Collectively, Rebuilding Together has completed work on more than 100,000 homes across the nation. With the help of 3.4 million volunteers, Rebuilding Together has delivered over $1.3 billion in market value since its founding.

Here Locally

Rebuilding Together Howard County, formerly known as Christmas in April, is the local affiliate and was formed in 1992 when a group of committed Howard County Residents and businesses joined together to mobilize volunteers to provide free home repairs to low-income families in Howard County. For many of these home owners, these repairs were truly a gift.

Even though our name has changed, our mission remains the same! We are still committed to improving the lives of the elderly, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and families with children; all homeowners in Howard County who have worked hard, but can no longer afford to keep up with repairs. Today, the need is even greater in the midst of the difficult economic climate.

Rebuilding Together Howard County has repaired and renovated over 800 homes in Howard County- at no cost to the homeowner. We are able to do this through a unique combination of corporate sponsorship, volunteer labor, discounted services, donations of building materials and bulk ordering discounts.

Board of Directors (July 2016 – June 2017)

Helen Little, Director of Marketing & Operations, NextLOGiK
Jim Beck, Controller, Harkins Builders
Todd Mueller, Branch Manager, The Columbia Bank
Executive Director
Ann Heavner

John Anania, DPR Construction
Jim Bielefeld, Engineer, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
Mary Becker, MS, OTR/L, Howard County Office on Aging
Scott Cameron, President, Cameron Building Envelope Specialists
Jackie Howard, SVP, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Sandy Spring Bank
Doug Hillmuth, President, Hillmuth Certified Automotive Inc.
Godfrey Logan, Engineering Specialist, Howard County Government
Daniel Medinger, President, Advertising Media Plus
Grace Morris, Director, Heritage Housing Partners Corp.
Ken Sines, Estimator/Project Manager, PDI-Sheetz Construction Corp.
John Startt, Homebuilder and President, JST Builders
Jim Thompson, VP and Corporate Counsel, Harkins Builders
Sharon Walsh, AIA, Senior Associate, Architect, Gaudreau, Inc.
BJ Walworth, Retired

All board members have terms of three years renewable once.

Advisory Board Members (Joined in 2014)

Mary Becker, Occupational Therapist/Aging in Place Program Manager/Home Repair, Howard County Office on Aging
David A. Borkowski, Vice President, Harkins Builders
Bita Dayhoff, President, Community Action Council of Howard County
Doug Eder, President, Oak Contracting LLC
Hugh O’Donnell, President, John S. Wilson Lumber Company
Christopher L. Rachuba, Vice President Operations, Rachuba Home Builders
Lee Seifert, Sr. Loss Control Consultant, The Hanover Insurance Group
J. Edward Hamel, Chairman, Hamel Builders
Bruce Harvey, President, Williamsburg Homes
Brian D. Goldstein, LEED AP, VP of Development, The Michael Companies
John Startt, Homebuilder and President, JST Builders

Meet Our Staff

Ann Heavner, Executive Director

Ann Heavner first joined Rebuilding Together Howard County in 2000 as a board member. At that time she was SVP and Regional Manager for a nation-wide bank where she managed a staff of 450 employees and a budget of $43 million. She headed up various committees at Rebuilding Together and assumed the role of Executive Director in 2010 upon her retirement from banking. She is a Certified Cash Manager (CCM) and brings to the table 26 years of management experience. Over her tenure with the organization she has led its transition from an organization which provided free home repairs on the last Saturday in April to a year round provider of services. Ann and her husband reside in Western Howard County and have three daughters.

Marcia White, Office Manager

Marcia White has lived with her family in Howard County for 20 years, having previously resided in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Hawaii, and Virginia. She has a professional background in the airline industry and in corporate training. Marcia has been socially active locally, having served on the Oakland Mills Village Board, volunteered with the Howard County Public School System, NeighborRide, the Oakland Mills Community Association, and Grassroots of Howard County. She has one grown son who lives in Denver, Co. Marcia and her husband, Kevin, enjoy traveling, the outdoors, and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers (her hometown team).