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Volunteer Helping Hands Needed on April 26 for House Repair Projects in Albany, East Bay

Howard McNenny (left) and Bruce Dixon, presidents of the Albany Rotary and Lions clubs, respectively, during a preview visit to the Albany project site.
Howard McNenny (left) and Bruce Dixon, presidents of the Albany Rotary and Lions clubs, respectively, during a preview visit to the Albany project site.
The call is going out for scores of volunteer workers to spend the day taking care of critically needed house repairs, including painting and landscaping, at no cost for 15 low-income homeowners around the East Bay, including a family residence in Albany.  

The request for volunteers to step forward on Saturday, April 26, 2014 for a day of community service to help the needy is being made by the East Bay-North affiliate of Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit organization that renovates and revitalizes homes across the nation.  The local service day effort is part of the organization's National Rebuilding Day.

The day's biggest local venue, and the project that will require the most people power, is the effort to fix a home in Albany.  The residence is a three-bedroom stucco house with overgrown yards and a dilapidated garage.  The house is streaked with inside mildew, filled with nuisance clutter and in danger of a rodent infestation. 

The Albany Lions and Rotary clubs are among several service groups, community organizations and businesses that have already made commitments of teams and resources. Albany and other city governments have given financial support to Rebuilding Together.

Bruce Dixon, president of the Albany Lions Club, expects many of his members to gear up for the day's effort and is looking forward to working alongside various community members at the Albany property on Pomona Avenue.

"We'll be doing a lot of painting.  Anybody with painting experience will be welcome," said Dixon, a professional house painter who will be the site's work captain.  "We need a lot of folks to come out. There will be plenty of cleaning, carrying and other support chores to take care of. More hands make light work."

Here are details about Rebuilding Together's local day of service on April 26 in Albany, Berkeley and Emeryville:

- Must be 16 or older to volunteer (under 18 with parental consent).

- The work day is 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

- Commemorative work T-shirts will be given to all participants.

- Morning snacks, lunch and water will be provided.

- Skilled workers -- such as carpenters, plumbers and electricians -- will be especially needed and are encouraged to bring their tools and equipment.

For more information about the projects or to sign up as a volunteer, contact:

Christine Ward, Rebuilding Together East Bay-North, 3318 Adeline Street, Berkeley 94703

Tel: 510-644-8979 x101 Email:Christine@rtebn.org Web: RTEBN.org 

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