Vote on the 2015 T-Shirt Design!

Every year, RT Valpo offers a free t-shirt to volunteers who participate in National Rebuilding Day. Help us determine the design for this year’s shirt by voting on your favorite!

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Top 10 Tips for Energy Efficiency

The work RT Valpo and its volunteers do on National Rebuilding Day is crafted to meet the needs of the homeowners selected. But the rest of the year offers ample time to provide more general advice, valuable to homeowners of all incomes and ability levels.

Here’s a taste of the first tip-based video we’ve put together! Enjoy — and if you have additional advice, feel free to leave notes in the Comments section…

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The Importance of Bathroom Safety

When it comes to home repair, bathrooms are usually lower priorities unless there is some sort of plumbing-related issue. However, when it comes to creating a safe living environment for elderly or disabled homeowners, the bathroom is a place where simple (and often less expensive) updates can make a world of difference in terms of quality of life and longterm safety. January is National Bath Safety Month, and a perfect time to educate yourself and others in your community about a topic that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves.

For example, did you know that 1 our of 3 people over the age of 60 have trouble getting in or out of the bathtub or shower? This bath safety infographic created by Griswold Home Care illustrates both facts and solutions that you might find interesting.

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If you know of an elderly or disabled homeowner who could benefit from updates to his or her home — whether that is related to bath safety or other issues — they could be a candidate to receive help from the Rebuilding Together team. You can fill out an application here. This year’s deadline is January 15th!

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Pass It On: Winterizing Your Home

This is the first “Pass It On” piece we’re posting to the blog! We’ll continue to look for great articles and information across the digital landscape that provides good advice on keeping your homes warm, safe and dry year-round — with our without RT Valpo!

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Today’s piece — 19 Easy Home Winterization Projects — comes from Popular Mechanics. It’s been brutally cold in Valparaiso this week, so this advice is especially timely. Stay warm!

“Make your home feel warmer without turning up the heat this winter. With these winterization tips, you’ll save energy without spending much money (and you might even qualify for $500-$1,500 in tax credits.”

Full article here.

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Don’t Miss RT Valpo News!

Part of the strategy for success in 2015 is to be more consistent in our communication with volunteers and donors. If you want to sign up to receive these alerts, just fill out the simple sign-up form here:

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We won’t be sharing your contact information with anyone and promise not to flood your inbox!

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Purchase Ornaments to Support RT National

This holiday season, decorate your home with designer-created house ornaments that make a difference to those in need: http://bit.ly/10JX1jY. For each purchase of one of these eight specially designed ornaments, Crate and Barrel will donate $10 to the national Rebuilding Together organization to help us bring volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners. These ornaments are only available online in a limited release of 1,500, so purchase yours today!

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Rebuilding Together and NAFRA Partner to Launch “Celebrate Safely” Campaign to Improve Holiday Fire Safety

WASHINGTON, D.C. December 1, 2014 /3BL Media/ —Rebuilding Together, a national organization devoted to safe and healthy
housing, and the American Chemistry Council’s North American Flame Retardant Alliance (NAFRA), a group that represents manufacturers of flame retardants, today  jointly launched a campaign to improve home fire safety over the holidays. The month-long campaign, Celebrate Safely, comes in response to an annual increase in home fires during the winter holiday season.

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“The holidays are a wonderful time for families to celebrate together. Unfortunately, the combination of flammable decorations, lit candles and increased cooking activity means that the number of home fires rises during the holiday season,” said Charley Shimanski, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “This year, Rebuilding Together and NAFRA are showing people what they can do to combat the danger of home fires.”

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are over 150,000 fires each year during the winter holidays, claiming 630 lives and $936 million in property damage. Candle fires are 1.5 times more likely to occur in December, compared to the rest of the year, according to the National Fire Protection Association, and approximately 230 home fires start with Christmas trees each season. The low-income homeowners Rebuilding Together serves are disproportionately impacted by home fires, as holiday risks are compounded by deferred maintenance and alternative heating sources.

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Donate to RT Valpo!

We believe that those who support our organization should be recognized for their generosity! We’re working on some exciting new packages for those who offer financial support. Donors receive the following benefits:

Platinum Level ($2000+)

  • Logo on RT Valpo Sign at every project
  • Name on House Sponsor sign
  • Logo on RT Valpo T-shirt
  • Street Banners
  • Sign at old fairgrounds
  • 2-minute Video Profile
  • Templated press release
  • Logo on rtvalpo.com

Gold Level ($1000-$1999)

  • Name on RT Valpo Sign at every project
  • Name on RT Valpo T-shirt
  • Written Profile on rtvalpo.com and PDF for your marketing purposes
  • Templated press release
  • RT Valpo “Proud Supporter” Decal
  • Inclusion on group sign at old fairgrounds
  • Name on rtvalpo.com

Silver Level ($500-$999)

  • Written Profile on rtvalpo.com and PDF for your marketing purposes
  • Templated press release
  • RT Valpo “Proud Supporter” Decal
  • Inclusion on group sign at old fairgrounds
  • Name on rtvalpo.com

Bronze Level (Up to $500)

  • Templated press release
  • RT Valpo “Proud Supporter” Decal
  • Inclusion on group sign at old fairgrounds
  • Name on rtvalpo.com

If you’re interested in donating, please reach out to rtvalpo@gmail.com or visit our Go Fund Me page at gofundme.com/i7er8w.

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Now Accepting Homeowner Applications!

If you or someone you know has been struggling financially and the house has suffered, get in contact with Rebuilding Together Valparaiso to see if we can work together.

It’s not always easy to ask for help, and oftentimes the people who need assistance most are the least willing to seek it. Since 1990, Rebuilding Together Valparaiso has brought together community volunteers and skilled contractors together to help the elderly, the disabled, those with very low-income and low-income homes with children.

This year, National Rebuilding Day is on April 25th, 2015. While that date may seem far away, there’s a lot that has to happen behind the scenes. That’s why we are soliciting applications NOW and making plans to ensure our volunteers and skilled workers to do the most good.

Answering a few qualifying questions is all it takes to get started. The deadline for homeowner applications is January 15th, 2015. Download the application here or email rtvalpo@gmail.com for more information.

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