What is your mission?
Together we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities. When qualified homeowners are not capable of making needed repairs, Rebuilding Together Twin Cities will coordinate the volunteers, skilled labor, tools and supplies necessary to repair the homes. Rebuilding Together Twin Cities also rehabilitates properties that house qualifying nonprofit organizations serving our community. We focus our efforts on older adults, individuals living with disabilities, active and retired members of the armed services, and families with children, tailoring services to meet the needs of each individual homeowner.
Who sponsors Rebuilding Together?
Our funds come from generous individuals, corporations, labor organizations, foundations, civic organizations and faith-based organizations that are interested in helping to rehabilitate homes and stabilize neighborhoods.
As a local affiliate of Rebuilding Together, Inc., Rebuilding Together Twin Cities manages its own fundraising, publicity, volunteer recruitment, and repair projects. Funds raised in the Twin Cities go to support projects in the seven-county metropolitan area.
Rebuilding Together, Inc. and Rebuilding Together Twin Cities are non-profit, non-sectarian organizations supported by voluntary contributions of time and money. Every dollar given is spent wisely and is an investment in building a better America.
Is my contribution tax-deductible?
Yes, Rebuilding Together Twin Cities is a 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are tax-deductible. All funds raised in the Twin Cities support projects in the seven-county metro area.
What type of work does Rebuilding Together do?
Weatherization & Energy Efficiency Improvements – Installing insulation; caulking; re-glazing or replacing windows; replacing appliances with Energy Star-rated models; installing low-flow water faucets and toilets; and more.
Safety and Accessibility Modifications – Installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, outdoor security lights, grab bars, shower seats, higher toilets, stair rails, lever door handles, and no-slip stair treads; building wheelchair-accessible ramps; and eliminating trip and fall hazards.
General Repair & Maintenance – Upgrading electrical and plumbing; repairing walls; landscaping to divert water from home or prevent erosion; repairing a roof; addressing issues cited by city or county housing inspections; and additional repairs as needed.
How are projects selected?
Projects are selected through an application process. Applications can be obtained by clicking here or by calling our office at 651-776-4273. Completed applications are submitted to Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, where they are reviewed for eligibility. Once minimum qualifications are verified, staff completes a telephone interview with the homeowner and then a team of staff and trained volunteers conducts a site visit. Qualified projects are matched with volunteer teams as funding allows.
Homeowner applicants must own or make mortgage payments on the home for which they are applying; be up-to-date with tax payments; and have homeowners insurance. The household income must be at or below 50% of Area Median Income, and determination is based on household size. At least one resident in the home must be an older adult, an individual living with a disability, a child under the age of 18, or an active or retired member of the armed services.
Nonprofit Facilities must own the building for which they are applying or have a long-term lease with permission from landlord for volunteer-delivered repairs, must be a qualified 501(c)(3) as determined by the IRS, and must serve the low-income community by providing housing, educational or social services, or a free community gathering place.
More information about our programs and how to apply can be found here.
Do homeowners pay for any repairs?
All repairs are completed at no charge to qualified homeowners. Labor and many supplies are donated. Homeowners are asked to welcome the volunteers into their homes and work alongside them to the extent they are able. Our work is done with families and neighborhoods, not for them.
How can I help?
Sponsor a Rebuilding Project
As a sponsor of Rebuilding Together Twin Cities programs, you will enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that your resources are matched with those of the community to provide at least $3 worth of community value for every dollar you invest. Sponsors have an opportunity to bring employees/organization members together for a unique team-building experience while making a difference in the lives of low-income homeowners. Projects are identified in areas that match the sponsor’s location or interests and the skill set of the volunteer teams. Skilled trade people are recruited as each project requires. For information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-776-4273.
Individuals and groups can volunteer in the following capacities:
Skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled volunteers are welcomed to provide home repair services throughout the year.
Licensed contractors are needed to provide certain home repairs. Materials are supplied by Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, but we need your time and talents.
Skilled volunteers are encouraged to consider joining our Safe at Home volunteer team. These volunteers make minor home safety or accessibility modifications to the homes of low-income older adults or individuals living with disabilities. Often these homeowners are faced with the prospect of losing their independence as the result of needing a home safety or accessibility modification that they are unable to address. Volunteers for this program make a commitment to serve a full or half day on a regular basis and are required to satisfactorily complete a background check and attend orientation and training.
Volunteers are encouraged to serve on program/governance committees or behind-the-scenes activities such as volunteer registration, food services and office support.
If you are interested in volunteering with Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or 651-776-4273.
Does Rebuilding Together Twin Cities accept donations of new or used materials?
New and used building materials, supplies, usable home fixtures and tools are always needed. Call the Rebuilding Together Twin Cities offices at 651-776-4273 to determine suitability.
What if my company cannot fund an entire project?
We can create a Coming Together Coalition for your company or group, partnering you with vendors, clients, your neighbors, friend or faith community to combine funds and volunteers.