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Rebuilding Together Howard County celebrated its 25th Anniversary on Thursday, June 15th.
Join us on Thursday, June 15 to celebrate 25 years of keeping
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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.
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.
For every $1 in donation that RTHC receives, we provide $4 of benefits to families and individuals in need!
In addition to sponsoring a home repair project, many sponsors also choose to show their support by providing a volunteer team on our annual National Rebuilding Day held in April. Each team opts to “adopt a house” on behalf of their company or organization and will work directly with the homeowner to make the necessary repairs during a a very rewarding day of service.
We are able to keep our overhead expenses low due to the fact that our 20-member board of directors volunteer their time in addition to 800 to 1000 volunteers who do the work each April. Plumbers, electricians and carpenters also volunteer to repair homes of needy homeowners to allow them to live in houses which are safe, warm and dry.
Meet our Staff
Ann Heavner, Executive Director
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).
Jim Davidson, Project Manager
Jim Davidson has lived in Howard County since 1979. He started his career in industrial sales, became involved in rehabbing residential properties and established a home improvement company which he operated for 6 years. He later spent 12 years in financial sales. Jim worked as a volunteer with ‘Christmas in April’ and has volunteered with Rebuilding Together Howard County for the last six years, including two years as a house captain. He also works with a local organization that participates in the Appalachia Service Project.
You can find the most up-to-date list of board members here.