Rebuilding Together Atlanta (RTA) is a non-profit organization striving to preserve and revitalize houses and communities in Metro Atlanta. As an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, our mission is to preserve affordable housing by bringing volunteers and communities together to rehabilitate the homes of low-income homeowners. We work to assure that low-income homeowners, particularly older adults, military veterans, people with disabilities and families with children, live in warmth, safety and independence. Our goal is to make a sustainable impact in partnerships with communities.
WHAT WE DO
After months of planning and preparation, RTA’S efforts culminate in a National Rebuilding Day on the last Saturday in April. The true value of these repairs is not the dollars but that sense of safety and security given to the recipients. Since its founding in 1992, RTA has rehabilitated 860 homes benefiting underserved populations in Metro Atlanta. The estimated dollar value for RTA services is close to three million dollars. RTA leverages each dollar four times through donated materials and labor, providing significant renovations at no cost to the homeowner or non-profit facility.
WHY ARE THESE SERVICES NEEDED?
There are 22 million low-income homeowners in the United States and that number is expected to increase to more than 28.5 million in the next 10 years. There are 4.5 million lower-income homeowners who are elderly people living alone, and 80% of those are women. There are 3.7 million lower-income households with a disabled person; nearly two-thirds of whom are elderly as well. This means that more and more homeowners will be put in the position of choosing between food and medicine or a roof that does not leak. Rebuilding Together Inc, the national office, promotes the replication and coordination of Rebuilding Together programs throughout America. The nation’s leading nonprofit organization, works to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing extensive rehabilitation and modifications.
Operating in more than 865 cities and towns in all 50 states, Rebuilding Together rehabilitated more than 8,900 homes and non-profit facilities in 2006 with the volunteer power of 267,000 men, women and youth.
HOW CAN INDIVIDUALS HELP?
Anyone can volunteer! Carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters, roofers and other skilled trades’ people are always in demand for our home-building events. Unskilled volunteers are also needed to participate in our rebuilding projects. The key to making each project happen is the corps of volunteers with the enthusiasm and willingness to donate their time to help people keep their homes, improve their neighborhoods, and strengthen their communities.
HOW CAN COMPANIES HELP?
One way companies work with RTA is as Site Sponsors. RTA capitalizes on a single $2,500 – $5,000 site sponsorship, leveraging each dollar four times through donated materials and volunteer labor. Employees and co-workers volunteer time, energy and skills, transforming homes and non-profit facilities. RTA partners with community-minded supporters to create a strong financial base and aggressively pursue program expansion.