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Rebuilding Together Project Day 2013 a resounding success

Over 1,000 volunteers refurbish 25 Fox Cities homes in one day

May 9, 2013

Several of the wood-frame windows in Julia’s Appleton home had not been opened for years.

Today – thanks to Rebuilding Together Fox Valley and about three dozen Community First Credit Union volunteers – they’re all working just fine.

In fact, all eight windows are new and Julia’s quaint home is no longer the tired, worn out house where she has lived for 35 years.

“It’s very hard to maintain a home by yourself,” said Julia, 55, whose husband died 13 years ago. “Most of the windows I couldn’t even open; they were broken.”

Julia, who is recovering from thyroid cancer and open heart surgery to repair damage caused by radiation treatments, was one of 25 homeowners from throughout the Fox Cities to benefit on May 4 during from Rebuilding Together’s Spring Project Day 2013.

“Julia has been through some tough times,” said Joanie Johnson, an RTFV board member and CFCU community relations manager. “We just wanted to help her refurbish her home so she could stay in her home and be safe.”

Besides the installation of new energy efficient vinyl windows, volunteers painted seven rooms, repaired flooring and cabinets, upgraded the bathtub/shower, added stairway handrails, stained the front porch and picnic table and spruced up the landscaping, planting areas and yard.  

Rebuilding Together Fox Valley is a nonprofit organization that unites volunteer individuals and groups interested in improving the lives of others by completing housing repairs to help revitalize neighborhoods throughout the greater Fox Cities area.

Julia’s daughter and son-in-law were among the crew helping. “My husband and I would never have been able to do all this on our own without all the help from the Community First volunteers,” said Noelle. “We’re truly grateful.”

“I just want to tell everybody that was here today that I feel truly blessed and I can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done for me,” said a tearful Julia. “It’s beautiful. I love it. I can’t thank Community First enough.”