Community Building Across the Country
April was a busy month for Swinerton volunteers who participated in Rebuilding Together and Habitat for Humanity projects nationwide as part of The Swinerton Foundation’s Community Building Program. The Program matches volunteers with local non-profits who provide assistance to community members in desperate need of home repairs.
Through the Community Building Program, The Swinerton Foundation has donated $77,500, and Swinerton volunteers have donated over 1,000 hours to Rebuilding Together and Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country. Thank you to everyone in the Swinerton family who devoted their time to making a difference in each of
Hawaii has been struggling for years with the rising rate of homelessness, leaving the state with 487 homeless per 100,000 people. This is the highest rate per capita, beating New York and Nevada.
Build-A-Thon is an annual event that involves all Habitat affiliates across the globe. This year, Habitat for Humanity Leeward Oahu chose to build an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) on the State Capitol grounds in hopes that homeowners will consider building an affordable ADU on their property so that a homeless family may rent it at an affordable rate.
Over 15 Swinerton volunteers rolled up their sleeves to help build the ADU. It was just one way the team could do their part to help find a solution for homelessness. The project was such a success that to celebrate, the Swinerton team brought their steak trailer and fed the entire group of volunteers and their families.
On the last Saturday in April, Rebuilding Together Portland drew over 1,700 volunteers for National Rebuild Day. Swinerton individuals and local subcontractors teamed up to aid Mary, a 63-year-old woman with Degenerative Disc Disease and Fibromyalgia.
Swinerton volunteers installed new electrical outlets and a bath fan; new kitchen and bathroom floors; performed deck support inspection and hand rail reinforcement; dryer vent relocation; and yard debris removal. During the roughly six-hour work day, Swinerton exceeded the items on the wish list and added their own personal touches.
The day was nothing short of a success, concluding with hugs all around and Mary thanking everyone for the work
91-year-old Lucy Sudo lives with her daughter Mary Lou who is also her caregiver. Due to the amount of caregiving required, Mary Lou has been unable to keep up with home maintenance, including a roof leak that had created a huge hole to the ceiling which resluted in extensive floor damage.
Over 20 Swinerton volunteers showed up at Lucy’s home as part of Rebuilding Together San Diego’s Rebuild Day. Volunteers got to work landscaping; removing debris; replacing light fixtures; replacing the flooring; repairing the ceiling and roof; painting; repairing drywall; and replacing the kitchen counter, sink, and plumbing. The work was so intensive that the team went back two more times to finish the project.
Swinerton has been a proud supporter of Rebuilding Together San Francisco (RTSF) for the past year, participating in rebuild days, their annual Builders & Brewers fundraiser, and taking the lead on various community projects. This year, RTSF coordinated their first-ever SHE Builds event.
SHE Builds is a group of projects staffed entirely by women in the construction and development industry—architects, developers, builders, and realtors. Swinerton’s team of female warriors was assigned to the SF SafeHouse project, which is a shelter for women escaping, recovering, and healing from violence.
Volunteers worked to clear out the existing landscaping to create an inviting space where residents would be able to socialize and enjoy the backyard, building a low deck and planting new greenery. Additionally, volunteers worked in the kitchen to renovate the cabinets and install a new faucet.
On April 29, the Seattle team came together to assist retired carpenter Phillip, a 65-year-old who had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease around the same time that his house caught on fire. The house was still intact, but there was major damage to the siding. A team of 30 Swinerton volunteers joined forces with local partners to help repair his home.
One group tackled yard work while another group focused on the removal of the siding. Since the volunteer team was so large, they were also able to work on the wood shed, remodeled the bathroom, pruned the trees, and primed the new siding. By the end of the day, Philip had a big smile on his face which made all the hard work worth it!
Established in 2001, Corbett Group Homes (CGH), is a therapeutic home for at-risk youth in Santa Clara County. Their mission is to deliver a unique spectrum of social services designed to protect children at risk of abuse, neglect, or abandonment; and strengthen and stabilize families.
Swinerton volunteers arrived to work on various tasks, including the installation of new locksets, door repair, painting, lighting, installation of a new door bell, and siding repair. The day was filled with smiles, laughter, and warm hearts, knowing that the work would provide a safer, healthier, and brighter environment for deserving kids.
Mizti is a 52-year-old single mom and disabled veteran. She is a caregiver to her 77-year-old mother (a cancer survivor) and her 24-year-old daughter who suffers with multiple sclerosis.
Partnering with Meals on Wheels and Easter Seals on the project, Swinerton volunteers got to work installing a new storm door at the front entry; replacing siding on the home; installing a new garage door; painting the exterior; building a new pantry for the kitchen; installing new support beams in the laundry room; and repairing the back patio porch. By the end of the day, the team’s hearts were full of pride for a job well done!