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!
Upcoming Opportunities - We need your help!
We are very excited to be attending several community outreach events this year, but we need your help to further our impact in Dutchess County! Events such as fairs, festivals, and picnics help us to spread the word about our organization and to educate individuals who may not be aware of our services. This is a great opportunity to dedicate time to a local organization serving our neighbors in need!
General Volunteer (Anytime)
Non-Profit Repair Project (Spring 2016)
Your Help Matters.
Rebuilding Together Dutchess County preserves homeownership for our neighbors in need, especially the elderly, disabled, and veterans by making essential repairs and modifications at no cost. But, none of that is possible without YOU. Volunteers are the backbone of Rebuilding Together and everybody on the work site contributes greatly to the success of the workday. There is always plenty to do for all of our volunteers regardless of skill set. However, if a house needs plumbing, electrical work, a new roof or heating system, we rely on the generosity of very skilled volunteers.
We need your help with community events throughout the year. Volunteers can make a life-changing difference for someone who is unaware of our services. We are always looking for talented, enthusiastic people to help further the mission of RTDC.
Some Fun Reasons You Should Volunteer:
- Helping others.
- Making new friends.
- Building self-confidence.
- Gaining personal growth.
- Giving something back to the community.
- Sharing talents, abilities, and experiences.
- Learning new skills.
Anyone 16 years of age or older who has the desire to help. No special skills required - you will be teamed up with a skilled House Captain for your project. Skilled volunteers typically take leadership roles on our projects and are essential to our success.
Help make cost-free repairs to the homes of our low-income, elderly, and physically challenged neighbors.
Our largest projects occur on our Rebuilding Days on the last Saturday of April and fourth Saturday in October. These projects are designed to be a one-day commitment. Up to 20 projects may be scheduled on a single Rebuilding Day.
Please join our email list (to the right) to hear about volunteer opportunities and receive our e-newsletter.
To register as a volunteer for 2016 Spring Rebuilding Day, please reach out to your House Captain or Volunteer Coordinator directly.