Rebuilding Together’s 2016 National Build Day

What do you get when you take 20 Impact Makers, give them power tools and a couple in need? You get the opportunity to Have Fun and Make a Difference!

On April 30, 2016, 20 Impact Makers gathered to assist with Rebuilding Together’s Annual National Build Day. Rebuilding Together is a national organization that strengthens communities by assisting elderly and disabled homeowners to stay in their homes longer. The goal is to improve selected homes by making them warm, safe and dry.

This year’s build in Richmond took place in the Jefferson Davis corridor of South Richmond. Impact Makers had the privilege of helping Mr. and Mrs. Williams. Mr. Williams recently had a heart transplant and won’t be able to return to work for almost a year.

Some of the jobs undertaken for the Williams were: replacing the circa 1940’s windows with brand new vinyl replacements, installing a new storm door, repairing a large hole in the bathroom wall which also entailed tiling and fixing some plumbing, adding new smoke and CO2 detectors, replacing the front gutter and painting the railings. Oh, there’s something we’re forgetting…. that’s right, Ryan Zimmerlee and Alexis Skipper had the honor of insulating the crawlspace. And when we say crawl space, we mean, drag yourself on your belly on the ground space.

As you can imagine, the Williams are overwhelmed with all the improvements and incredibly grateful for all the work Impact Makers put in. The Impact Makers volunteers showed that we contribute to the community and make a difference in other’s lives in so many different ways.