All-Volunteer Home Rehabilitation Organization Set to Improve

3 Jersey City Homes and 5 Community Facilities

21 Years in Jersey City – More Than 302 Homes Renewed!

 JERSEY CITY, NJ   April 6, 2012 – Commencing the week of April 9th, Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School cafeteria in Jersey City will be transformed into “Command Central” as Rebuilding Together Jersey City gets ready to improve the lives of three Jersey City homeowners and five not-for-profit organizations being refurbished on Saturday, April 14, 2012.  On that day, the Bramhall Street cafeteria that is usually filled with school children will instead be filled with lumber, ladders, paint, and all the tools and materials needed to save the Jersey City homes of people unable to make repairs for themselves.

 The Jersey City Chapter of Rebuilding Together Jersey City is one of more than 200 nation-wide affiliates of the largest, nonsectarian, nonprofit, home rehabilitation organization in the United States who are working to preserve affordable home ownership and revitalize communities.  Rebuilding Together works in collaboration with communities and local businesses to provide free rehabilitation and critical repairs to the homes of low-income Americans!

 Since the Jersey City chapter began in 1991, Rebuilding Together Jersey City has made more than $2.9 million dollars worth of improvements to more than 313 homes and community facilities.  Rebuilding Together’s mission is to bring volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of homeowners in need, and the organization’s ultimate goal is to provide a safe and healthy home for every person. The Jersey City chapter helps homeowners continue living in the homes they worked their whole lives to own by mending those things that add to their quality-of-life.

 In a unique partnership, more than 500 skilled and unskilled volunteers of all ages will gather at 7:00 AM at the school before being dispatched to the 8 Jersey sites, including the Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School, the organization’s host.  Skilled labor comes from the Hudson County Carpenters Local #6, IBEW Electricians LU #164, Hudson County Plumbers Local #24, Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman Local #4, Northern Jersey Plasterers & Cement Masons Local #29, Building Trades Laborers Local #21 and Local #325, and Heavy Construction Laborers Local #472.  Volunteers from dozens of local businesses and service organizations such as The Provident Bank, Honeywell Employee Group, United Water, Pershing Securities, Inc., Connell Foley LLP, St. Peter’s College, St. Peter’s Prep, the Jerramiah T. Healy Foundation, and the City of Jersey City provide the supplemental unskilled labor.

 The City of Jersey City is a major partner in the Rebuilding Together effort, contributing a Community Development Block Grant, the Parking Authority’s cooperation for container placement, and the Jersey City Police Department’s help with traffic control.

 Anyone over 18 years old can volunteer!  Interested parties may either call (201) 222-2636 prior to the April 14, 2012 event, or can register in person on Rebuilding Day at the school cafeteria between 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM.  Assignments will be given at that time.  Volunteers should plan to spend the entire day and are urged to wear work clothes and sturdy shoes.  All volunteers will receive a Rebuilding Day T-shirt and will be treated to a light breakfast, lunch, and a celebratory barbeque at the end of the day.

 You can also join us at our 14th Annual Fundraiser and Awards Dinner on Friday May 4, 2012 at 6:00pm at Puccini’s Restaurant, 1064 Westside Avenue, Jersey City.  The event will feature a four hour open bar, a gourmet buffet dinner, and music.  Journal advertisements are available as well.  For tickets or ad rates please call (201) 222-2636

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