Posted: Apr 24, 2014
Rebuilding Together, Springfield's only non-profit preserving affordable homeownership by repairing homes at no charge to homeowner families of low income, will complete hundreds of critical home repair projects on Saturday, focusing on improving residents' safety and health at home, and maximizing energy efficiency.
Major energy-efficiency initiatives on Saturday include the installation of donated solar panels and a solar hot water heating system at 139 Pendleton Avenue by Spirit Solar; the conversion of 213 Pendleton Avenue's home heating system from oil to natural gas, through contributions from sponsors Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and A Plus HVAC Inc.; and an estimated $15,000 in weatherization improvements to qualified homes, thanks to Springfield Partners for Community Action.
GreenNFit 2014's scope of work also includes new, energy-efficient roofs, windows, and doors; interior and exterior painting; vinyl siding; mold remediation; pest control; 'Age in Place' modifications, like bathroom grab bars; electrical and plumbing repairs; smoke & carbon monoxide detector installation; and yard cleanup, fencing, landscaping, and planting of shrubs and flowers.
The April 26 GreenNFit event celebrates the 22nd annual National Rebuilding Day, when 200 Rebuilding Together affiliates around the country will bring 50,000 volunteers together to work on 3,000 affiliate-led projects in the United States.
It's also the second year of 'GreenNFit: 10 in 10,' Rebuilding Together's master plan to preserve affordable housing for nearly 1,000 residents, and revitalize 134 acres of the Old Hill Neighborhood - one of the poorest in the country - by continuing a 10-year sequence of contiguous block builds. Last year's inaugural GreenNFit on Tyler Street provided critical home repairs for 25 families, brought improvements to two community facilities, and created a Community Garden on a formerly vacant lot.
Rebuilding Together in Springfield has helped more than 500 families with children, elderly residents, military veterans, and people with disabilities, and, invested $28 million into Springfield's housing stock since 1992, said Rebuilding Together Executive Director Colleen Loveless.
"The secret to our success lies in successfully combining volunteer labor and in-kind donations of materials and services to leverage funding on a 4:1 basis," she said.
For more information, go to www.RebuildingTogetherSpringfield.org
GreenNFit 2014 Event Schedule:
8:30 AM, Pendleton Avenue Park (near corner of Eastern Ave.): Welcome & Kick-Off Rally
9 AM: Work Begins
12 NOON: Press Conference at 175 Pendleton Ave.
2:30 to 4 PM: Block Party at the Park, sponsored by TD Ban