Rebuilding Central New York is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of affordable housing. Leveraging a volunteer network and corporate partnerships , Rebuilding CNY transforms the lives of local residents through programs by improving the safety and health of homes and revitalizing community spaces to better serve and support local residents.
Since our founding, we have built or rehabilitated (19) homes, completed (9) home repair projects in our re-launched home repair program and recognized as an affiliate in the Neighborhood Revitalization Program.The majority of our low income – owner occupied repairs are servicing seniors, disabled and veteran residents.
With the reorganization in 2020, Rebuilding CNY maintains greater program autonomy specific to our area to meet the needs of the community we serve. The shift in focus to the following core programs and services are conducted through volunteers and supervised by crew and team leaders that complete safety-training courses. This allows skilled and non-skilled volunteers to work in a safety first environment. We have extensive experience in successfully completing our programs and projects.
Small Home Repairs
In 2011, the organization initiated smaller low-cost high-impact home repairs to low income homeowners. This program provides the needed repairs for families, elderly, disabled and veteran homeowners to live in a safe and healthy home. This activity has been conducted in Oneida County, New York by volunteers. The organization has provided nine home repairs since 2011. In October 2021, this activity will be expanded and conducted in neighboring communities that lack these essential and critical services throughout Central New York by volunteers. The Small Home Repair Program is sponsored by Fastrac Cares.
Handy Helper Projects
Beginning in January 2021, the organization will provide handy helper services to low-income aging-in-place senior, disabled and veteran homeowners. This program is designed to provide two volunteers for two hours to complete health and safety projects to support independent living to these most vulnerable residents. This activity will be conducted in neighboring communities that lack these essential and critical aging-in-place services throughout Central New York by volunteers. The Handy Helper Pilot Project is funded by a grant from The Health Foundation of Western and Central New York.
Trusted Pro Network
Beginning in January 2021, the organization is introducing the ‘Trusted Pro Network’; the goal of the program is to provide quality home repair work to aging in place homeowners with care, integrity and affordable pricing. Inspired by the Beacon Hill Village movement, we are assembling a network of professional, experienced contractors dedicated to servicing elderly, disabled and veteran homeowners by providing essential repairs and critical home modifications at affordable prices. These projects exceed the scope of work and abilities of the organization and require skilled, professional contractors. Trust is vital when searching for home repair contractors. Partnering with local vendors and trade organizations, the trusted professionals will be part of a vetted network as to quality of work, insurance coverage, affordable pricing, background check and possible discounts to the aging-in-place community.
Another key element of the Trusted Pro Network is to protect against predatory home repair contractors taking advantage of poor, distressed and underprivileged homeowners in desperate need of essential repairs and critical home modifications. In October 2020, this new activity will be introduced and conducted in neighboring communities that lack these essential and critical services throughout Central New York by volunteers in partnership local trade organizations and vendors.
The organization owns and operates a ReUse Store. The ReUse Store is home discount center, primarily run by the hard work and dedication of volunteers and open to the general public. The organization accepts donated items ranging from building materials to home furnishings and sells the items to the public at discount prices. The store also partners with social service agencies and developmental programs such as Upstate Cerebral Palsy – ASPIRE (Assisting and Supporting People in Reaching Employment) which allows people to learn about different opportunities in the community through experiencing them firsthand. The proceeds from the store support the organization’s mission. The Home Discount center is made possible by a grant from The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties.
Young Leadership Program
Our young Leadership Program mobilizes young people ages 16 to 18 in the efforts to bring high school students from all walks of life together to play active roles in transforming their communities through teamwork. Our high school young leadership project was initiated in 2013 with a home garden idea.
The ‘Watch Us Grow Project’ promotes a ‘seed to table’ concept. The project is about partnering with our area teen leaders to assist and educate low income families, elderly, disabled and veteran homeowners on sustainable gardens to help them save money while adopting healthy eating habits with inexpensive, homegrown food. This activity has been conducted in Oneida County, New York by volunteers. In the spring of 2021, this activity will be expanded and conducted in neighboring communities that lack these essential services throughout Central New York.
Tool Lending Center
Rebuilding Central New York is in the final development stages of a community tool lending program.
Known as a tool library, the RCNY Tool Lending Center will share its current inventory of tools, equipment and expertise with other community based organizations necessary for their volunteers to fix up community centers, shelters and nonprofits as they help improve our communities.
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