In our photo (above), President Preckwinkle, joined by Mayor Andre F. Harvey of Bellwood and Jill Deichmann, Board President, Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago, talk with volunteers.
On Saturday April 28, 2018, National Rebuilding Day brought dozens of Cook County employees together who volunteered their time to help repair two homes in west suburban Bellwood. It was the County’s 27th consecutive year of participation in the event, also known as “Rebuilding Together.”
The non-profit Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago partners annually with the County to improve the homes of elderly, disabled or low-income residents. Through the work of volunteers and skilled tradesmen, the homes are made safe, warm, dry and accessible for the residents. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle praised County employees for generously donating their time and expertise.
The County has contributed $63,000 to Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago this year through its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. This year the County is sponsoring two of the 19 homes in Bellwood being repaired by volunteers through the Rebuilding Together program. In addition, 6 homes are receiving home modification improvements and 15 are receiving energy efficiency kits and education. More than 1,600 Chicago-area homes and 250 community facilities have been renovated through the program since its inception in 1991.