A Message from the Office of Community Programs

Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April and VCU are joining with other Richmond organizations to help change the lives and living conditions of more than 50 people by repairing and rehabilitating their homes. This nationwide event is held annually the last Saturday of April, allowing over 1,000 volunteers to make major and minor repairs to qualified homes in order to make them warm, safe and dry.

Rebuilding Together targets homeowners who are elderly or disabled, have incomes below $25,000 and are unable to maintain their homes. VCU has set a goal of raising $5,000, which will allow the university to sponsor one house and the Carver Elementary School.

The service projects will take place Saturday, April 26 in the Carver, Newtowne-West, and Jackson Ward neighborhoods. This project compliments the activities of the seven-year partnership between the Carver community and VCU, and supports the goals of urban renewal in the recently awarded New Directions Grant from HUD.

Students and faculty can help contribute to the project by making donations, recruiting volunteers or initiating fund-raisers. Those who are interested should contact Leah Lamb, community development coordinator, at 827-1904 or [email protected] Donations, which are tax deductible, should be made out to Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April (write VCU in the memo section of your check) and mailed to Lamb at the Office of Community Programs, P.O. Box 843034, Richmond, VA 23284-3034.

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