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Rebuilding Together lends hand to Solano veterans

By From page A8 | August 16, 2014

Are you handy around the home? Have you been looking for a way to make a difference in your community?

If you answered “yes” to either or both of these questions, the Solano County Veterans Affairs Office encourages you to consider volunteering your time with Rebuilding Together Solano County, which has helped numerous veterans in the community do repairs and remodels to their homes that significantly improve living conditions and quality of life.

As a not-for-profit organization, Rebuilding Together Solano County will help anyone in need, but has a special place in their heart for seniors, veterans and the disabled.

The costs of owning and maintaining a home are growing exponentially, especially among low- to middle-income Americans. Rebuilding Together Solano County fills a pressing need in our community, helping connect individuals that can provide assistance with those who are in need.

Since June 2009 with the help of more than 4,000 volunteers, Rebuilding Together Solano County has provided much-needed home repairs for 15 low-income seniors in Solano County. The organization has also hosted 28 community workdays in Fairfield, Rio Vista, Vacaville, Benicia and Vallejo, helping to benefit senior centers, veterans buildings, boys and girls clubs, facilities for the disabled and other not-for-profit organizations.

For every dollar we invest in a Rebuilding Together Solano County project that benefits a local veteran, the return to the low-income homeowner and neighborhood is six-fold. To date, Rebuilding Together Solano County has invested more than $1.3 million into revitalizing low-income homes and community facilities in Solano County.

There are several ways you can get involved and support the local veteran community through Rebuilding Together Solano County. They include:

  • Volunteering at a community workday.
  • Providing a cash or in-kind donation.
  • Assisting with community fundraisers.
  • Donating your labor, tools and/or materials for community projects.
  • Consider becoming an official member of Rebuilding Together Solano County.

To volunteer to help Rebuilding Together Solano County, contact Elizabeth Hoffman, executive director, at 580-9360 or by email at [email protected]

Ted Puntillo is director of Veteran Services for Solano County. Reach him at 784-6590 or [email protected] The Solano County Veteran Services Office, 675 Texas St. in Fairfield, is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Ted Puntillo


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