Rebuilding Together Rohnert Park Inc. (formerly Christmas in April) was established in 1999. Teams of volunteers have been renovating the homes of low-income elderly homeowners and community centers throughout Rohnert Park and Cotati, culminating in National Rebuilding Day, the last Saturday in April.
Since our inception, Rebuilding Together Rohnert Park has been project focused, serving low-income homeowners once a year in April on Rebuilding Day and dealing with emergency situations on an as needed basis.
In April 2008, we opened an office at 245 Southwest Blvd., Rohnert Park, in order to expand our project and program offering, establishing regular office hours in order to provide better service to the community, and a more enriching volunteer experience for the volunteers providing project and program support.
RTRPC goals for 2010-2011:
- Increase youth involvement in RTRPC projects and programs.
- Continue to seek a qualified leader to implement our Youth Service Program.
- Expand our Neighborhood Revitalization Program, offering community service engagements.
- Promote increased visibility and awareness in the community through a long range PR Plan.
- Identify and secure additional funding sources through community partnerships, grants, foundations and individual donations and fundraising.
- Secure a larger office that includes warehouse space to facilitate trainings, workshops and fund raising activities and the ability to accept/store in-kind materials and supplies.
Our projects are financed by generous financial donations from the City of Rohnert Park, individuals, corporations; foundations, grants, banks, service clubs and church groups. RTRPC makes every effort to be responsible stewards of the donations and sponsorship funds placed in our trust. We are proud of the fact that we are able to maximize the dollar; when using volunteer labor, and in-kind donations, each dollar equates to an astonishing $6, when calculating the actual retail value of our projects.
RTRPC volunteer base continues to increase, and maintain a strong volunteer base of more than 200 volunteers that return each year. The results of their efforts have been in assisting more than 174 low-income homeowners with a variety of repairs, from minor to major. Projects might include painting, water damage; windows, etc., installing home modifications including wheel chair ramps, grab bars, railings, etc.
In addition to serving low-income homeowners, RTRPC also facilitates repairs to qualifying non-profit community organizations. Some of our community accomplishments include:
- Boys & Girls Club of Rohnert Park
- Church of the Oaks
- Congregation Ner Shalom
- Cotati-Rohnert Park Co-operative Nursery School
- Girl Scouts of Konocti
- Holy Family Episcopal Church
- Kids Street (w/RTSR and Kaiser Permanente)
- The Scout Hut
- Rohnert Park Senior Center
- Cielo Mini Park Mural
- D Park Baseball Field
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