BISMARCK, N.D. — For the 17th year in a row, Rebuilding Together — a local nonprofit organization working to revitalize communities by providing home repair services for the elderly, low-income and disabled — will hold its annual Rebuilding Day.
This year, organizers have expanded the event to two days, with more than 200 volunteers repairing five homes in the Bismarck-Mandan region on May 2-3. A sixth home may be added.
"The reason we've expanded is that we've found that this time of year can be jam-packed for people and families with other commitments, so we wanted to give everyone a chance to be involved," said Tanner Blair, a board member.
The event is intended to help people who own their homes, but due to physical limitations or economic hardship are unable to properly maintain their homes.
This year, volunteers will be doing bathroom reconfiguration, siding and painting, roofing, maintenance activities in the homes, cabinetry and other fixtures, as well as building a few ramps for handicapped access.
To be eligible for Rebuilding Day, applicants must be homeowners who reside in their home, have home insurance, owe no back taxes and be unable to do the repairs themselves.
Blair said the organization's board surveys the homes and considers each one based on what the homeowner's needs are and the organization's resources.
"We try to identify the people who need the most help and we select based on the resources that we have," he said.
Since its inception in 1997, Rebuilding Together has raised more than $900,000 in in-kind contributions and gifts, and provided rehabilitation and repairs to 138 homes in the Bismarck-Mandan area at no cost to the homeowner.
More than 5,000 volunteers have donated their time and skills to do everything from replacing floors and carpeting to repairing windows.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Mikey Hoeven are honorary chairmen of Rebuilding Together.
Applicants for Rebuilding Day 2015 may refer themselves or be referred by an agency, organization, family member, neighbor or church. Applications can be found on Rebuilding Together's website at www.rebuildingtogetherbisman.com or by calling 701-221-3232.