Mandan News

Rebuilding Together is looking for 2014 applicants

Rebuilding Together Greater Bismarck/Mandan Area is a non-profit, volunteer organization that has been helping the community and has raised over $900,000 in contributions and gifts.

The dedicated volunteers help repair homes, at no cost, for people from all walks of life, who own their homes but because of physical limitations or income, properly maintaining a home can be an impossible task.

“While it is clear the Bismarck-Mandan community is experiencing a prolonged period of healthy economic growth, this aggregate growth does not preclude individuals and families from experiencing challenges of their own,” said Tanner Blair, Rebuilding Together board member.

Rebuilding Together is looking for volunteers to help refurbish and rebuild homes in the Bismarck-Mandan area.

Rebuilding Together is looking for volunteers to help refurbish and rebuild homes in the Bismarck-Mandan area.

“Rebuilding Together is dedicated to helping homeowners who are of low-income, elderly and disabled to live in warm, safe, and dry conditions. Put another way, Rebuilding together offers a helping hand to our neighbors in need,” said Blair.

Rebuilding Together is preparing for its 17th year of repairing homes in the community. This is the third year Senator John Hoeven and Mikey Hoeven have served as honorary chairs of Rebuilding Together. With big names on their side, the next Rebuilding Day is scheduled for the spring of 2014. The organization is now accepting applications for homes to refurbish in spring.

Rebuilding Together is looking for eligible homeowners to participate in the 2014 program and accepts applications year-round. There is no fee required to submit an application or receive assistance from Rebuilding Together.

The non-profit’s biggest concerns are with the safety, security, and weatherproofing of a home. The repairs are done safely and in compliance with code restrictions, but most of the repairs are performed by volunteers.

“Rebuilding Together is a true grassroots organization, and our success is contingent upon the support we receive from the community in terms of financial, material, and volunteer support,” said Blair.

“Generally, we need about 200 volunteers at our various Rebuilding Day projects.”

Over 5,000 volunteers have participated in Rebuilding Day projects and various fundraising events. Their efforts helped refurbish and restore 138 homes in Bismarck-Mandan. All volunteer inquiries may be sent to rebuildingtogetherbisman@gmail.com.

“Volunteering at one of our Rebuilding Day projects is a fun and easy way to give back to the community. The work that our volunteers do produces tangible results and greatly improves the lives of those homeowners whose home is being refurbished.”

The chosen homes will have all repairs completed free of charge. However, they ask that all able bodied members of the household participate alongside the volunteers to the best of their abilities.

To be eligible for consideration in the 2014 program, participants must:
1. Complete an application to determine eligibility
2. Own and reside in designated home, within a 10 mile radius of Bismarck or Mandan
3. Have current homeowner’s insurance
4. Meet income guidelines
5. Owe no back taxes
6. Be unable to do the repairs yourself

Home safety is the first priority of Rebuilding Together. Volunteers provide improvements that enhance the safety and comfort of your home. Because it is primarily an annual, one-day project, (usually the last Saturday in April), major structural repairs are not possible.

Also, Rebuilding Together asks for understanding when time may prevent the volunteers from accomplishing everything they would like to have done in the home.

The repairs/improvements must be manageable, targeted, important and affordable.

Rebuilding Together is seeking applications for 2014 Rebuilding Day, he said. Anyone interested in receiving home repairs or who knows someone who could benefit from home repairs through Rebuilding Together may apply at www.rebuildingtogetherbisman.com or call 221-3232.

To be considered for the program, complete the application and return it to: Rebuilding Together, PO Box 874, Mandan, ND 58554. Deadline for applications to be considered for the “2014 Rebuilding Day” is Nov. 30.

All eligible homeowners who apply will be contacted to schedule a visit by the House Selection Committee. The information gathered will be used in determining sites to be repaired in 2014. Final site selections will be made around mid-December and all applicants will be notified in writing as to whether or not their home has been selected for our 2014 program.

Rebuilding Together is a national non-profit organization that started over 30 years ago in Midland Texas as grassroots activism and community engagement. It was previously known as Christmas in April. The Bismarck-Mandan Chapter was started by a group of local volunteers who saw a need in the community and included Nancy Schafer as the first honorary chair-person.