There’s tough times in a small neighborhood in Fort Worth, TX for one homeowner, but when Charter Our Community, a philanthropic program headed by Charter Communications puts their minds to work amazing things happen! Here’s Charter Our Community Rebuild Event in Fort Worth, TX.
Together with Charter volunteers and a non-profit organization they came to the aid of this homeowner to help refurbish and rebuild her home. Be sure to see further down what Charter Our Community handed out to the neighborhood.
Charter Our Community Rebuild Event in Fort Worth, TX
Charter Communications’ employees, their families, and friends came together on this day, May 21, 2016 to volunteer their time to help renovate and refurbish this homeowner’s house after it had been destroyed by who she thought were here friends. Her home was ruined and was not fit to live in, and there was no way she could have done gotten her home back in order on her own. Thanks to Charter’s National Program, Charter Our Community and 45 of their volunteers for taking time out to help make amazing things happen for her.
Charter Our Community
- A program that provides education, resources and financial support to improve unhealthy and unsafe homes.
- By year 2020, Charter will have helped rebuild 25,000 homes for low-income homeowners in need.
- Charter knows the importance of having a home and wants to make a difference in the world by supporting the communities it serves.
- Charter partners with nonprofit organizations whose focus is on rebuilding homes, such as Rebuilding Together.
- Charter Our Community invites volunteers from all over, not just employees, to come together to scrap, pull, dig, paint, repair, clean, what ever is needed to make sure homes are fit to live in and for the homeowner to once again call it home.
Charter Our Community partnered with Rebuilding Together on this project. Rebuilding Together provides home repairs, modifications and energy-efficiency upgrades to low-income homeowners via 166 affiliates nationwide. Through their work, Rebuilding Together strengthens the lives of our most vulnerable communities.
This has to be the most rewarded assignment I’ve ever been on since I started blogging as a business. One of my favorite things I witnessed was seeing how everyone work hard and together. Charter has some very nice employees. They treated me like one of their own!! It had rained all week before this day, but on this day the sun was shining. It was a perfect day for a project like this. All the volunteers worked on their assigned projects until it was done. A little sweat and a little tired, but they persevered and got it all done.
I don’t know about you, but my home is where I feel the most comfortable and the most secure. I guess I take for granted that I will always have a home to come home to. But, as we all know, so many don’t have that. It’s sad to think about it. I got a little emotional when I first heard homeowner Linda speak. Tears were flowing as she tried to say how grateful she was for everything. She sat outside in a lawn chair all day watching everyone work diligently on her home. I had asked her what she thought of the progress so far, and again she cried and said, how appreciative she was for everything.
As the morning started, everyone gathered around the table where the yummy donuts were to listen to Brian Anderson, head of Charter Our Community talk about what the projects, plans and goals were for the day. Everyone was really eager to get started.
Rebuilding Together brought enough tools for an army! Well, it seemed like that anyways. They had every tool and machinery to build a fence, replace a fan, put in a front door and screen – you name it, they had it. I know Lowe’s made a couple of deliveries to the property with loads of goods. One I saw were beautiful flowers.
It was nice to see teenagers working hard on a Saturday when they could have been doing something else. I noticed that they spent the majority of their time working together doing stuff like scraping paint, caulking up holes, painting the house with those long rollers. Not one time did I hear the complain. It did get a little hot out there, and with all the rain we had, it was a little humid too. Young and old…these volunteers worked hard and made huge progress in a short amount of time.
Debra and I were the two bloggers who got accepted for this assignment. Neither of us were really sure of what our roles were that day other than take pictures, talk with the volunteers, and lend a hand…but I told Brian to put us to work!! So Debra and I grabbed a tool and started scrapping and peeling off paint to get ready for the new coat of paint for the house.
While the majority of the volunteers worked outside, in the backyard and on each side of the house, there were a few inside installing a new fan, repairing holes in the walls, and doing some drywall patching. This house really needed some work.
If that’s not all, this Charter Our Community Rebuild Event in Fort Worth, TX also included this.
Charter Our Community had 300 SAFE & HEALTHY HOME KITS made up with products from Lowe’s to give out to neighbors and nearby residents of where the rebuild was going on. These kits included home alarms, first aid kits, weather-stripping, weather alert systems, cleaning supplies and more….ALL FREE! I was amazed what all theHere’s what Charter Our Community did for the neighborhood.y were giving away. Debra and I wanted to be a part of the hand outs, so we spent over two hours handing out these kits to people who came up to the truck. These recipients of the kits were not only surprised, but mostly in disbelief until we told them what we doing and what the intentions were behind these kits. We told them that Charter Our Community wanted to make sure their homes are safe and healthy to live in. All we needed was their zip code, and a few answers to questions about Charter Our Community and Lowe’s. I simply love being apart of something that has no strings attached.
Here’s a short video I took of Brian talking about what’s inside of the kits.
While Debra enjoyed talking to people and handing out the home kits, I was able to slip away and go back to the house to help there. Painting large areas is my favorite thing to do, especially if I don’t have to stay in the lines!!
After a long day outside Debra and I left. Although not everything on the list got finished, Linda was more than thrilled at the outcome.
The house is now a pretty blue. The shrubs and flowers finally arrived to be planted in front of the house. The majority of the work got done and what I understood was that a contractor will come in and do the final repairs, and then Linda will be able to move back in.
Charter Our Community makes a difference in a major way. It’s people like them that makes this world go around. Please follow #CharterOurCommunity on Facebook and Twitter to see what more volunteers are doing in other states and/or find out more at www.CharterourCommunity.com.