July 2017 Newsletter
Hooray! Hooray! Honey, We're Home! 
We cut the green ribbon and it’s official! We’re home in Gowanus! Thank you to NYC Council Member Carlos Menchaca, Lori Luis from Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adam’s office, Karen Broughton from Assemblyman Felix Ortiz’s office, Yvonne S., a homeowner who we have served , and George M., a Workforce Training Program alumni for speaking at our new office’s ribbon cutting ceremony. Your attendance and warm words of support meant a great deal to us at RT NYC. We thank you for your assistance in making New York City a more safe, healthy, and equitable place to live.

Thank you to Shawmut Design and Construction; Shakespeare, Gordon, Vlado: Architects; Shawmut's incredible subcontractors; our hardworking board, and our fellow community members for attending our grand opening celebration. We’re pleased to report our new home functions successfully as both a productive office and a wonderful place to have a party. We loved having you all and look forward to seeing you at future events. Cheers!

For more, read  BKLYNER's  coverage of our grand opening events!

We’re officially open and operating from our new headquarters, but there is still time to leave your mark on Gowanus! Join us for the final phase in our capital campaign. Your contribution will support our  mission of cultivating strong communities by bolstering the relationship between meaningful, stable employment and safe, stable housing.  

Donate  here and your impact will be felt in all five boroughs. 
Staffing Updates: Welcome Troy Chapman, Lilly McNicholas, and Chris Zimmermann!
Troy is pleased to join the Rebuilding Together NYC team as the Workforce Training Instructor. Troy has many years of experience as a director, attorney, trainer, consultant,  and volunteer for a myriad of nonprofit organizations across the country. He has taught and tutored elementary school through college and is exhilarated to be working  with RT NYC, where he will be merging his love of teaching with his love of construction. Troy holds graduate degrees in law, public administration, and education.
Lilly is pleased to join Rebuilding Together NYC’s growing team as the new Development Coordinator. Lilly graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a BA in Media + Cinema Studies, and a minor in Sociology. While in school, Lilly worked at an education and youth enrichment nonprofit, where she served as the Operations Assistant. Lilly recently moved to New York City and looks forward to working on behalf of her new community.

Chris became a part of the Rebuilding Together NYC team as Project Coordinator in July 2017. Growing up and living around Worcester, MA he worked in agriculture as a machine operator and foreman for Nourse Farm. Before moving to New York City, Chris was employed as a Support Specialist and Quality Assurance Editor for a Science/Technology publishing company. In his free time he plays music and tends his small garden. He graduated from Skidmore College with a B.A. in English Literature.

Finally, the staff at RT NYC wishes Alyssa Moya, Amanda Champion, and Ian Potter good luck in their future endeavors. You will be missed! Thank you for your hard work!

To learn more about Rebuilding Together NYC's staff, click here.
Board Announcement
The RT NYC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Laura Jackson (FTI Consulting) to Vice President, and Mr. David Applebaum (Bank of New York Mellon) to Treasurer. Congratulations and thank you for your leadership!
We're in full planning mode for our 7th Annual Golf Tournament!


Thursday, September 7th, 2017
11:00 AM
Centennial Golf Club
185 John Simpson Rd
Carmel, NY 10512

Ticket and silent auction information to follow. Until then, mark your calendar! It is sure to be another playful day with a great impact! 

Volunteer Spotlight: Altice USA, HGTV, and DIY Network
On June 20th, a group of amazing volunteers from Altice USA, DIY Network, and HGTV traveled to the South Bronx to make repairs to and liven up the Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association Inc.'s Social Center. Volunteers were joined by Jason Cameron, host of DIY Network’s Man Caves and Desperate Landscapes, who led a live-stream of the event on Facebook with nearly 50,000 viewers tuning in to the day’s project. Following Jason's energetic leadership, volunteers braved the heat, built a raised garden bed, and helped to unload and spread over 150 bags of soil. The Social Center plans to use the newly cultivated garden space to grow fresh produce to share with the community. In the hopes of further encouraging community integration, volunteers built new picnic tables, which they tested out with great success at lunch time. Inside, volunteers painted the center’s community room, which is often used for GED classes, as well as the entryway to the center, making it considerably brighter and more welcoming. This group worked diligently and enthusiastically, and it was an absolute pleasure to spend the day together. We are looking forward to the next time we have the opportunity to work with this amazing group! 

For more information on our volunteer programs please click  here .
RT NYC in the News!

Thank you to News 12 for covering our HGTV event with the Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association! Watch  here!

We loved having Jason Cameron join us! Watch his Facebook Live event here. Thank you to everyone who tuned in and to Jason for being such a charismatic and effective leader! 
Partnership Spotlight: Home Matters
Rebuilding Together NYC is proud to partner with Home Matters and Wells Fargo on a new Home Matters to Veterans campaign! Through this partnership, we will renovate a New York City home with universal design features so that a local veteran can age-in-place and enjoy their home today and forever. Stay tuned for more as the renovation gets underway.
Project Spotlight: Andre R.'s Home
Paulette’s adult son Andre is developmentally disabled and uses a wheelchair full-time. In order for him to get in and out of the home for doctor’s appointments, Paulette would ask her neighbors to help carry him down a flight of 10 stairs to the sidewalk.
RT NYC installed a sizeable ramp that winds around the house and allows Paulette to safely wheel Andre to ground level on a slight gradient. But we're not done yet. Next, RT NYC will install a roll-in shower so that Andre can be bathed in the shower. The family is thrilled about the modifications and dignity that they have brought to Andre's life. 
Funding Announcements

Our Salvage Store just received a $10,000 grant from the Department of Sanitation’s donateNYC program! We will use the funds to carry out our Green Builders NYC initiative which will create an advisory council of experts from the construction industry. We will then work alongside these experts to salvage high end overstock materials from build sites.

Through Green Builders NYC, we hope to divert even more material from the waste stream, furthering our commitment to environmental sustainability, while also providing our community with affordable, high-end supplies for their own construction projects.

If you have any questions or would like to be involved in this project, please reach out to us at salvage@rebuildingtogethernyc.org.  

Council Member Carlos Menchaca

The Workforce Training Program has received a discretionary award of $10,000 from Council Member Carlos Menchaca. This money, in addition to our new on-site classroom space, will help us grow and extend our program through 2018.

Thank you to Mr. Menchaca for his commitment to cultivating strong employment and housing options in our community, as well as for his continued support of RT NYC. 

Upcoming Events:

  • July 24, 2017 - HSBC at Governor's Island Farm
  • August 3, 3017 - Credit Suisse
  • August 10, 2017 - Lloyd's America Sandy Rebuild
  • September 7, 2017 - 7th Annual Golf Tournament
  • September, 2017 (TBD) - She Builds 
  • October 14, 2017 - Spectrum Housing Assist Queens Project
  • October 28, 2017 - Fall Rebuilding Day
  • November 5, 2017 - TCS New York City Marathon
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