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Outstanding Volunteer Awards 2016

We are continually overwhelmed by the generosity of our volunteers - without them we would not be able to make such a difference in our community. They come from all types of backgrounds, but with one mission: to change lives and communities for the better.

Nominate a Friend for an Outstanding Volunteer Award!

Do you know an outstanding individual that has donated their time to volunteering for Rebuilding Together Dutchess County? We have three opportunities for you to nominate them and recognize their selfless efforts:

1. The Ron Stein Volunteer of the Year Award The intent of the Ron Stein Volunteer of the Year Award is to recognize an individual or individuals who have made significant contributions to the organization through their volunteer service. Nominees have provided an exceptional level of support, activity, commitment and/or leadership over an extended period of time.

2. The Tradesperson of the Year Award The intent of the Tradesperson of the Year Award is to recognize a person or team who has provided a high level of support or activity to the organization through their trade or special skill.

3. Rookie of the Year Award The intent of the Rookie of the Year Award is to recognize a person or team that has been involved with Rebuilding Together Dutchess County for the first time in the last 12 months and who has demonstrated great enthusiasm, skill, and devotion to their respective project.

Please download the nomination forms using these links: Volunteer of the Year Award | Tradesperson of the Year Award | Rookie of the Year Award, and submit via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or mail to PO Box 3695 Poughkeepsie, NY 12603, before 6/15/2016. Award recipients will be recognized at the 10th annual Night of Comedy on September 22nd.

National Rebuilding Month 2016 Homeowner Spotlight

Abdullah and Mehria, in their 60s, have been Beacon residents for the last 13 years. When it was found that their son Bilal, 25, had a brain tumor, surgery was necessary. During this surgery, Bilal suffered from a stroke that placed him in an induced coma for 4 months. As a result of this coma, Bilal has had his mobility and speech compromised and now relies on a wheelchair for mobility.

Their home was not handicap accessible, creating unsafe situations when entering or exiting the home and also when navigating to the second floor. For the past 6 months, Abdullah and Mehria had to carry their son and his wheelchair up multiple stairs. This had already resulted in injury for Abdullah.

This April, RTDC has been able to ease their burdens. An exterior handicap accessible stair lift has been installed on the outside of the home as well as an interior stair lift to gain access to Bilal’s bedroom and the home’s only full bath. RTDC was also able to install a free standing patient lift system within Bilal’s bedroom and full bath. This will assist in getting him from his bed to his wheelchair and also from his wheelchair into the existing bathtub.

These modifications are sure to ease both the emotional and physical stress of providing care for Bilal. Mehria confessed that since the surgery, she has not spent a day without crying. We hope that after receiving our services, her tears are only those of joy.

While we are excited to be able to make a difference in the lives of 6 homeowners, including Abdullah, Mehria and Bilal during National Rebuilding Month, there are still more applicants on our waiting list who we cannot serve because of a lack of funding. With your help, we can make an even bigger difference in the future.

During our National Rebuilding Month campaign this April, our Rebuilding Together Dutchess County board of directors and staff have pledged $8,000 to help support our home repair programs. Please help us achieve our goal of $16,000 by matching their pledge. This opportunity only lasts until April 30th, so please consider giving and double your impact today. To learn more about how to donate, visit us at rtdutchess.org/get-involved/donate

Become a Housing Hero today! By making a monthly pledge of $30 online you will help Rebuilding Together continue to provide safe and healthy housing for all of our neighbors in need!

What would we do without our volunteers?

In two weeks, over 150 volunteers will come out to lend a hand around Dutchess County for National Rebuilding Day on April 30th. One volunteer leading that day is dedicated Volunteer Coordinator, Jay Tompkins. Jay started his volunteer experience at Rebuilding Together Dutchess County through the Leadership Dutchess team in 2008. While he spent just one day painting, the true lesson has stayed with him throughout the years: “I really had a sense of instant gratification, not only for myself but for the person whose home we were working on.” After completing this project, Jay knew it was an experience that he would go back to.

Jay’s opportunity to volunteer again with RTDC came through the Central Hudson team a few years later. Since his start six years ago, he has led the group in the role of House Captain as well as his current position of Volunteer Coordinator. His favorite part about being a Volunteer Coordinator is being able to build a comradery with his team and be able to take a leadership role in the process. Jay enjoys the fact that most of his volunteers return each year but the best part is getting someone new: “If I can acquire one or two different people and expose them to the process, it gets them hooked.” The Central Hudson team has been involved with Rebuilding Together Dutchess County since our inception in 1992 and has sponsored a project every year. We thank them for their continued support and dedication to the community.

Jay is looking forward to this coming National Rebuilding Day especially. The Central Hudson team is paired with a homeowner who has been a wheelchair user due to an accident over thirty years ago. Jay has already been integral by inspecting the home and giving additional suggestions based on his own situations. “If I can help him out with even one little thing that will make his life easier based on my own experience, that’s what I’m looking forward to.”

Rebuilding Together Dutchess County is grateful for Jay’s continued commitment and enthusiasm for helping the members of our community. When asked what he would say to encourage others to join RTDC’s efforts, Jay replied: “When you step back and you look at what you did, it’s really quite amazing what you can accomplish in one day with some preparation and some planning. I wish people would not be intimidated and realize that anyone can volunteer without being an expert.”

As we get closer to National Rebuilding Day, we invite you to join us in thanking Jay and all of our dedicated volunteers for their commitment to bettering the lives of our neighbors in need!

National Rebuilding Day 2016 Homeowner Story

Leonard, a retired volunteer fireman and lifelong Hyde Park resident is losing his eyesight. He can no longer afford to make critical repairs to the home he has lived in for over 43 years, the home where he and his late wife raised their children.

Leonard will turn 86 this April, just before RTDC provides life-changing critical home repairs such as replacing his furnace and doors for improved energy efficiency, repairing crumbling stairs, installing grab bars, and painting the interior of the home for improved accessibility and safety.

In celebration of National Rebuilding Month, the Rebuilding Together Dutchess County board of directors and staff have pledged $8,000 to help support our home repair programs. Please help us achieve our goal of $16,000 by matching their pledge. This opportunity only lasts until April 30th, so please make your gift and double your impact today. To learn more about how to donate, visit us at rtdutchess.org/get-involved/donate

Your support celebrates our extraordinary April tradition and ensures a bright future for homeowners like Leonard and for Rebuilding Together Dutchess County!

Register now for RTDC's 24th Annual Day of Golf

The 24th Annual RTDC Day of Golf will take place on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Dutchess Golf Club.

Held each May, the RTDC Annual Day of Golf is a popular, fun filled day with laughs, longest drives, and plenty of mulligans. It attracts both the first time golfer as well as the seasoned “pro” and provides networking opportunities on the green plus raffle and prizes after play.

REGISTRATION INCLUDES:

  • 9 am Shotgun Start
  • Scramble Format
  • BBQ Lunch
  • Complimentary beverages and snacks on the course
  • Giveaways, awards, auction items, contests, and more!

 

 

Individual play is $150 and a foursome is $550. If you are not a golfer, we invite you to join us for lunch for $35. Advanced registration and payment are required by Friday, May 13th.

Click here to register and pay online or complete the registration form and mail it to the RTDC office with payment. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please see the event brochure here or call the RTDC office at (845) 454-7310 for more information.