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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Volunteers tackle Rebuilding projects

  • Dreary weather didn’t stop area residents from volunteering their time and talents for others in their communities.


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  • Dreary weather didn’t stop area residents from volunteering their time and talents for others in their communities.
    More than 80 volunteers participated in the annual?Rebuilding Day on April 28.
    Sponsored by Rebuilding Together of Geneseo/Cambridge, Rebuilding Day provides no-cost home improvements and home modifications to the elderly, disabled and families with children who are income homeowners.  
    Through the Heroes at Home program,  Rebuilding Together volunteers also were able to complete projects at homes owned by veterans.
    “Given the weather that day, having 80 volunteers turn out was fantastic,” said Rebuilding Together of Geneseo/Cambridge executive director Sarah Snyder. “For the most part, they just worked through the weather.”
    Volunteers completed projects on five area homes — two in Geneseo, two in Atkinson and one in Cambridge.
    “There was a bit of painting they wanted to do at the Cambridge home but opted not to because it was too damp, but other than that, we didn’t delay any of our projects because of the weather,” said Snyder.
    “Volunteers replaced a lot of windows on Rebuilding Day. They also replaced floorboards, did some siding repair and jacked up an unstable porch at one of the homes,” she said.
    A volunteer crew also completed safety checks and made repairs on wheelchair ramps at homes in the area.
    “For the most part, a lot of our volunteers were repeat volunteers, and I’m so thankful for them. Without their support, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.?Our organization is based off volunteers.”
    Rebuilding Day projects were led by house captains Chris Thompson, Hal Gustafson, Ken?Werner, Steve Durian and Scott Durian.
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