April 2017: Butter, Eggs, and Builds

The last two weeks of April 2017 were a busy time at Rebuilding Together Petaluma. On April 22 we had our Spring build. With the help of 264 volunteers, we repaired eight homes and two non-profit facilities, including our own headquarters on Payran, plus sent a work crew to Shollenberger Park.

Because of the incredible efforts by caring businesses and local volunteers, a man who suffered a stroke now has access to a shower, a 90 year old World War II veteran has a new kitchen floor and grab bars in his bathroom, an 89 year old woman who is blind and living alone has a clean home and yard, a disabled homeowner now has accessible porches and a new bathroom floor, and a 90 year old woman has a new roof that will not leak and cause damage to her home. These and many more accomplishments were only made possible by our many volunteers and supporters.

Special thanks to house captains Dave Raffi, Adam Payne, Terry Kosewic, Lon Wiley, Jeremy Roach, Dick Hawn, Jody Raffi, Doug Sanders, Drake Cunningham, Uriel Medina, Jim Fitzgerald, Bob Scharfer, Kimo Garrigan, Mary Edith Moore, Dustin O’Brien, George Flynn, Bob Tuttle, Kimo Garrigan, Mike Watt, and Ken Rhoads. Also thank you to our business contributors and sponsors Ohana Construction, Roman’s Plumbing, Wells Fargo Bank, Wedge Roofing, Kiwanis Club of Petaluma, Audio Visual Design Group, ZFA Engineering, Tops Speed, O’Brien Painting, Doug Sanders Painting, Hillblom Foundation, Petaluma Refuse and Recycle and Sear’s Heroes at Home! We could not have done it without you.

But the April fun didn’t end with the workday! April 29th was the Petaluma Butter and Egg Days Parade and this year RTP decided to participate. We walked alongside board member Uriel Medina’s restored 1941 Chevy Pickup, decked out with RTP flags and filled with the hardest working kids in town. We handed out t-shirts and car safety kits to cheering Petalumans and were reminded of what a strong, vibrant, connected community we work in.

Parade photos taken by Tyler Chartier

Thank you again to all who make our work possible. We hope to see you again this October for our fall build. Registration open now! Until then, please feel free to swing by and visit us at our beautiful, newly renovated facility at 301 Payran Street!

October Build 2016

We did it! Our October 2016 build day came and went with great success thanks to house captains Bob Tuttle, Warren Theuret, Adam Payne, Dave Raffi, Bill Tallman, Pete Sand, Jim Fitzgerald, Ken Rhoads, Lon Wiley, Vince Malnati, and Lew Spengler, support from Lowe's and Home Depot, participation from local businesses like Ohana Construction, Roman’s Plumbing Kiwanis Club, Top Speed Data Communications, and Goldenstate Lumber and of course our 245 dedicated, hardworking, outrageously talented and deeply appreciated community volunteers. 

Shown above is a slide show of our incredible volunteers from our many October projects.

With your help, we were able to repair the homes of four deserving local seniors, fix up Petaluma COTS veteran housing, and help with community projects like the Petaluma Wetlands Alliance restoration efforts at Alman Marsh and Daily Acts' work on a student garden at McKinley Elementary School. 

Volunteers hard at work in the home of a Petaluma Neighbor.

Volunteers hard at work in the home of a Petaluma Neighbor.

There was also a very special project this year, and that was the renovation of our very own future home at the Petaluma Fairgrounds. With help from our incredible volunteers, our new office is well on its way to being a space where we can welcome new clients and continue to serve our community. You will all be invited to the open house!

Everyone did incredible work and this year we weren't the only ones to notice! Stories from the build were featured in the Petaluma Spectator Blog,  Argus Courier, and even NBC Bay Area!

A big thank you to all who participated. We hope to see you all again on April 29th for our Spring Volunteer workday!

RTP Launches New Website!

Rebuilding Together Petaluma is excited to announce that we have launched our brand new and improved website! We think you'll like our new online home. It's easy to navigate and has a lot of resources for anyone looking to get involved with RTP.

Apply, donate, sign up to volunteer, contact us, and keep up with the latest news and events right on our website. We are at the same address, rtpetaluma.com so come and check us out. 

And remember, volunteer registration for our October workday is opening up soon so don't forget to sign up and be a part of the amazing projects we have planned at our neighbors' homes.