Cook County Employees Volunteer Time on National Rebuilding Day
Workers provide expertise and labor to repair, update two homes in Robbins
National Rebuilding Day brought dozens of Cook County employees who volunteered their time today to help repair two homes in south suburban Robbins.
It was the County’s 26th 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.
“I am pleased and proud that so many of our Cook County employees are willing to give their time to improving the living conditions of County residents,” said Preckwinkle, who serves as honorary chair of Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago. “Rebuilding Together serves a critical role in making sure the homes of our friends and neighbors are safe and comfortable.”
The County has contributed $68,000 to Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago this year through its Community Development Block Grant program. This year the County is sponsoring two of the 21 homes in Robbins being repaired by volunteers through the Rebuilding Together program. In addition, three homes are receiving home modification improvements and 16 are getting energy efficiency upgrades. More than 1,600 Chicago-area homes have been renovated through the program since its inception in 1991.
Preckwinkle today toured the Robbins homes renovated by County volunteers.
Improvements to the homes included making them ADA accessible, patching and painting, updating bathrooms and kitchens, landscaping and performing needed repairs to vital systems such as plumbing and electrical.
“Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago is proud to be partners with Cook County, which has been a consistent and valued supporter for the past 26 years,” said Wanda Ramirez, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago. “We greatly appreciate the continuing participation of Cook County employees who donate their time, energy and skills for the benefit of others, and for the wonderful leadership of President Toni Preckwinkle for serving as an honorary chair of this organization and supporting our annual event.”
Along with Cook County, sponsors of home repairs in Robbins include Windy City Women’s Charity Club; Our Lady of the Woods Parish; American Institute of Architects; WIGIV; Arquitectos; Clayco Realty Group; Grace Lutheran Church of LaGrange; Order of Malta; C.J. Erickson Plumbing Co.; Hinsdale United Methodist Church; Construction Financial Management Association; Lendlease; First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn; Team Rubicon; Edgebrook Lutheran Church; Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine; and First Congregational Church of Western Springs.
Additional information on Rebuilding Together of Metro Chicago and its programs is available by calling Wanda Ramirez at (312) 201-1188 or visiting www.rebuildingtogether-chi.com.