Press Release: RTDC Receives $5,000 Make a Difference Day Grant from Gannett Foundation
Poughkeepsie, NY - 10/16/14 Rebuilding Together Dutchess County has received a $5,000 Make a Difference Day grant to provide critical home repairs for a City of Poughkeepsie homeowner in need. The grant comes from The Gannett Foundation, and Rebuilding Together is partnering with the Poughkeepsie Journal and the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region on the project.
On the fourth Saturday in October, millions of Americans will unite to do good for others on Make A Difference Day, a national day of service that USA WEEKEND Magazine began in 1992. Both USA Today, publisher of USA WEEKEND Magazine, and the Poughkeepsie Journal are Gannett Companies.
On Make a Difference Day, Oct. 25, 2014, Rebuilding Together Dutchess County will partner with volunteers from the Poughkeepsie Journal and local United Way to provide home repairs for a 77-year-old City of Poughkeepsie resident who has lived in her home for more than 20 years. The home, which has been in her family for more than 80 years, has become more difficult for her to maintain on her own. Repairs on the 1920s home are focused on keeping the elderly homeowner safe, healthy and independent, including repairing the front porch, windows, doors, gutters and foundation, painting, installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, electrical outlets and an exterior handrail for safety.
“RTDC is thrilled to receive support from the Gannett Foundation, and we look forward to working with the Poughkeepsie Journal and United Way team! Their assistance is crucial for homeowners that so desperately need help maintaining their homes,” said RTDC Executive Director Christina Boryk. “Funding for the Rebuilding Day Program preserves affordable homeownership for some of the most vulnerable residents of Dutchess County,” Boryk said. “This funding will enable Rebuilding Together to provide the repairs, energy efficiency improvements and accessibility modifications necessary for homeowners in need in our community to continue to live in the homes and neighborhoods they love and allow them to concentrate their limited resources on the other needs of their lives, such as health care, education, food, transportation and clothing.”
“We are so pleased that through the generosity of the Gannett Foundation that we at the Poughkeepsie Journal are able to support this worthwhile community effort,” said Publisher Barry Rothfeld. “We urge all residents to get involved on Make a Difference Day for the betterment of this community we call home.”
Rebuilding Together Dutchess County is accepting donations to fund future assistance programs, and to help our struggling neighbors in the Dutchess County area. For more information on Rebuilding Together Dutchess County or how you can support its community efforts, please call 845-454-7310.