Besides photographing nature and other subjects that piqué my interest, I was one of a team of photographers covering Rebuilding Together Howard County 2011.. This an annual event that in years past was knows as Christmas In April, a more colorful name but the new name is more PC and attracts more sponsors.
In short I’ll let Rebuilding Together describe it.
Rebuilding Together is the nation’s leading nonprofit working to keep affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. Our network of more than 200 affiliates provides free rehabilitation and critical repairs to the homes of low-income Americans.
Who we help:
As the economic pressure on low-income families grows, more and more families are placed in the position of choosing between vital necessities and essential home repairs and modifications.
I had 3 houses assigned to me, some of the jobs included; yard cleanup and landscaping to replacing a water damaged basement ceiling, replacing kitchen cabinets and dishwasher, repair of stair railing and replacing rotted eaves. Members of local groups volunteered to do the work, ranging from Columbia Ski Club to students from Glenelg Country School that were using this time for their Community Service credits.
If you have any handy-man skills, or if you just enjoy helping, look for a Rebuilding Together project in you neighborhood. Some houses need skilled volunteers – electricians or plumbers – but for the most part someone with energy is what is needed. The house that the students from the school also used a skilled adult to replace a Dishwasher – plumbing and electrician skills were needed for that.
Here are just a few photos of houses and the work being done.
Cleaned landscaped front yard, flowers planted
Kitchen Cabinet being hung
Lazy Susan and under sink adapted for use by wheelchair
Broken stair rails
Stair rails at the end of the day – repaired