OUR VISION – “A safe and healthy home for every person.”
OUR MISSION – “Bringing volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of homeowners in need.”
What is Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh?
Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh repairs and renovates the homes of low-income, elderly homeowners and individuals with physical disabilities. It unites people of all walks of life in an effort to rebuild homes and repair lives. All home repair services are provided free of charge to qualifying homeowners. This is made possible by the generosity of corporations, civic groups, the Pittsburgh Building Trades, construction companies, schools, congregations and foundations.
Traditionally, the major emphasis and largest portion of repair services occurred on National Rebuilding Day, the last Saturday in April. However, in 2000, RTP developed “Operation Urgent Care” a year round emergency repair program to provide critical home repairs to qualifying seniors. Elderly homeowners seeking assistance with emergency heating, electrical, plumbing and safety modification repairs can receive assistance.
Why is Rebuilding Together Necessary?
Many of our neighbors in Allegheny County have worked hard all their lives and have been active members of their community. Now, due to illness, financial limitations, high utility costs or any number of uncontrollable causes, they are unable to do the repair work in their homes to keep them safe, warm and dry. The result is often serious accidents or fall by the homeowner and deteriorating living conditions. Statistics show that over 60% of deaths of people over 65 are the result of a fall in the home and that 1/3 to 1/2 of all home accidents or falls can be prevented by making modifications to the home.
What repairs are done?
Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh provides the following: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, plastering, painting, glazing, weather-stripping, trash removal, yard clean-up and installing home safety modifications.
Who is eligible for Rebuilding Together?
Low-income elderly homeowners or homeowners with a physical disability who are not able to do the work themselves are eligible. Applications are available upon request.
Who can volunteer for Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh?
Anyone 14 years of age and older can volunteer. Volunteers represent businesses, schools, civic groups, sports teams, scout troops, congregations, corporations, government employees, and trade unions. Volunteers do not need to be skilled at home repairs or remodeling. On site training is provided.
Who pays for the repairs?
While the work is 100% free for our homeowners, there is a significant cost associated with providing home repairs. Volunteer groups are asked to provide a House Sponsorship fee, and small groups and individuals are asked to make a modest $25 donation to the program.
The majority of the cost of repairs, however, is supported by our generous Corporate, Government, and Foundation partners.
Is Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh a nonprofit?
Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh is an IRS-approved 501c3. Your donation qualifies as a charitable deduction. A copy of the official registration and financial information about RTP may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.
Who sponsors Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh?
Corporations, businesses, foundations, civic groups, congregations, individuals, schools, hospitals and even sports teams provide funding and volunteer support. Everyone is invited to support the organization by contributing financially, in-kind or as a volunteer.