WHAT IS REBUILDING TOGETHER PEORIA?
Rebuilding Together Peoria is an all volunteer organization that, in partnership with the community, rehabilitates the homes of low-income homeowners at no charge, particularly the elderly, so that they may live in warmth, safety and independence. Rebuilding Together Peoria’s Board of Directors is comprised of community representatives and business leaders. We are a non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-profit organization. For most volunteers, Rebuilding Together Peoria is a one-day event.
Saturday, April 28, 2018 is Rebuilding Together Peoria’s 25th annual National Rebuilding Day.
WHY IS REBUILDING TOGETHER PEORIA NEEDED?
Many of our neighbors have worked hard all their lives and have been physically and financially able to repair their own homes for most of that time. Now, due to illness, aging, inflation, or any number of uncontrollable causes, they are unable to do the repair work themselves and their homes have become unsafe and in need of repairs. The result is a loss of the homeowner’s pride, and crumbling neighborhoods. Rebuilding Together Peoria can make, and has made, a difference in people’s lives.
WHAT REPAIRS ARE DONE?
Rebuilding Together Peoria provides free assistance ranging from yard clean up to more extensive renovations involving plastering, painting, carpentry, plumbing and electrical repairs.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR REBUILDING TOGETHER PEORIA ASSISTANCE?
Income-eligible elderly or disabled homeowners who are not able to do the work themselves are eligible, as are non-profit organizations. Maximum eligible income is defined by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Income limits are adjusted for household size. To view current limits click here, or call 309-674-2462 for details.
HOW ARE PROJECTS SELECTED?
Individual homeowners and non-profit organizations may request an application to complete and return. Churches, businesses, and neighborhood or service organizations may also refer or apply on behalf of homeowners. A visit will be scheduled to explain the program and conduct a walk-through of the home/facility. A committee of volunteers makes the difficult decisions of prioritizing applicants. The committee’s recommendations are presented to the Board of Directors who will select the final recipients.
HOW MANY PROJECTS WILL BE SELECTED?
Our goal is to renovate approximately 15 homes and/or non-profit facilities each year.
WHO PAYS FOR REBUILDING TOGETHER PEORIA REPAIRS?
Funding for all repairs is provided by Rebuilding Together Peoria at no charge to the homeowners or non-profit organization. The cities of Peoria, East Peoria, and West Peoria, Richwoods and West Peoria townships, Peoria County, area businesses, churches, service organizations, local building trades, and caring individuals will support Rebuilding Together Peoria’s National Rebuilding Day.
WHO CAN VOLUNTEER FOR REBUILDING TOGETHER PEORIA?
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old or 14 years old when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
HOW DOES REBUILDING TOGETHER PEORIA WORK?
Businesses, churches and service organizations make a cash donation, and often pledge to provide a Project Leader and 15-50 volunteers. The Project Leader will choose from a pre-selected group of projects, visit with homeowner/non-profit representative, assist with generating materials and supplies lists and coordinate the work to be performed by skilled trades’ people and a volunteer work team. Rebuilding Together Peoria will assist with the work scope, provide necessary skilled trades’ people, obtain needed materials and supplies and provide the volunteer work team with Rebuilding Together Peoria t-shirts.