GET INVOLVED: Rebuilding Day Recycling Drive

For the first time in its 30-year history, Rebuilding Together Valparaiso is working with Metro Recycling ( and TradeWinds Services ( to facilitate a large-scale recycling drive for the Valparaiso community.

metro_logo_colorThis Saturday, April 18, 2015, is Rebuilding Day for Valparaiso. A “green container” from Metro Recycling will be stationed at the Bus Barn in Valpo, 1001 N. Washington St., to collect recyclables. Volunteers will be on hand to help unload.

Community members can bring the following items to donate:

  • Aluminum (borings, cans, rims, etc.)
  • Radiators
  • Paper
  • Brass (borings, machinery, plumbing, etc.)
  • Auto Parts (alternators, batteries, starters, transmissions)
  • Stainless Steel
  • Copper
  • Alloys
  • Scrap Steel/Iron
  • Plastic (vinyl siding/fencing, PVC piping)

The recycling bins will be open first thing in the morning until 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Those who cannot make it to the drop site on April 18th can bring recyclables to the Metro Recycling location in town — 2155 W. Lincolnway — between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 20th through Friday, April 24th.

Every piece of recycling donated is an investment in Rebuilding Together Valparaiso. All funds raised will go into reserves to help make year-long ramp projects and Rebuilding Day 2016 possible.

5277e2f4f167e.imageTradeWinds Services will have representatives on-hand to work with community members looking to recycle computer waste such as computer laptops, towers, keyboards, mouse and wires. TradeWinds is registered with the State of Indiana as a collector with the Indiana Electronic Waste Program under Indiana code 13-20.5. To that end, they will check in each device in order to track it through its destruction, at which point a certificate of destruction will be sent to the former owner. They will be on-hand from 8 a.m. through noon on Saturday. The funds raised through the electronic recycling program are used to compensate the special needs individuals who perform the work.

The RT Valpo team, in coordination with partners like Metro Recycling and TradeWinds Services, is excited to offer just one more way to volunteer this Rebuilding Day.

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Our 2015 Sponsors

Rebuilding Day is just over a week away and we are thrilled to introduce our 2015 Sponsors. Over the next month there will be more to come about these businesses and organizations, offering the RT Valpo community the chance to get to know the women and men whose financial support are essential to the work we do.

You can check out our updated Sponsor page here.

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors (6)

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In Memoriam: Chuck White

Screen Shot 2015-04-01 at 10.22.15 PMThis week, we lost a dear friend and partner: RT Valpo Board President, Chuck White.

You can read a short obituary here.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 1 p.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 5 p.m. — both at Moeller Funeral Home located at104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso, IN, with Pastor David Banning officiating. 

Chuck’s family has generously selected RT Valpo as one of the organizations where memorial contributions can be made in Chuck’s name. You can mail donations to PO Box 1001, Valparaiso, IN 46384, or click on the Donate button below.

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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.

[Click the image to view the full infographic]

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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!


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: 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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