Letter to the Editor: Rebuilding Day: a neighborly gesture

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Is it spring yet? Some residents equate spring’s arrival to the crocuses and daffodils popping through their garden beds, but here in Dutchess County, we know it’s tied to National Rebuilding Day — the ultimate sign of community renewal, revitalization and hope.

On Sat., April 26, hundreds of volunteers will spread out across the county and help our neighbors with critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-efficiency upgrades. The work is fun but also important as more low-income homeowners struggle to maintain their homes.

After all, the affordable housing squeeze that many experience also impacts longtime homeowners, who can’t afford to move but also have difficulty affording to stay. Helping these homeowners remain in their homes is important to strengthening our community and preserving affordable housing.

During National Rebuilding Day, 250 volunteers will fix stairs, handrails, bathrooms and roofs and install new furnaces, doors, windows and smoke detectors in nine homes across Dutchess County — all at no charge to homeowners in need. Their efforts mean that these neighbors don’t have to make tough choices about paying for medicine and food or home repairs.

We hope other members of the community will get inspired by the work we are doing this spring and join us. Donations and volunteers are needed to support projects throughout the year. Help can also include letting struggling neighbors know about our services.

If you know of anyone who would benefit from our services or would like to help, contact us at 845-454-7310 or rebuildingtogetherdutchess.org.

Christina Boryk, Executive Director
Rebuilding Together Dutchess County

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