Coming Together to Commemorate 9/11

This September marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a tragic day that affected countless individuals, families and communities.  In the aftermath of that terrible event, we witnessed neighbors reaching out to help one another, organizations and businesses supporting those in need, and volunteers providing hours upon hours of service.  In 2009, September 11th was designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance to recognize the power of people coming together to help each other recover and rebuild.

To commemorate this anniversary, Rebuilding Together Twin Cities and HandsOn Twin Cities are partnering to provide critical home repairs and services for 30 families in need, including several veterans and their families.  Together, we plan to engage 1,000 volunteers through this initiative, which will culminate in a large volunteer event on September 10th that will recognize fallen soldiers, veterans who have served and those who are still serving.

On Saturday, September 10th beginning at 9am at the Victory Memorial Flagpole at the intersection of Victory Memorial Drive and 45th Avenue North, volunteers will gather and listen to local dignitaries share about the importance of service. Immediately afterwards, volunteers will participate in various activities, including cleaning and polishing tribute markers along Victory Memorial Drive; beautifying Farview Park; planting trees and shrubs at Theodore Wirth Park; and speed volunteering opportunities at Folwell Park, such as drawing and writing on a Freedom Banner, sending electronic tributes to the troops, and writing letters to the troops.

Community members will be able to sign up on HandsOn Twin Cities’ project calendar beginning the week of August 22nd.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, which includes employee projects throughout August and September and thorough event recognition, please contact Kathy Greiner at

Thank you to sponsors of projects connected with this event, including Ameriprise Financial, GLS Companies, Honeywell, Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation, Mosaic Company, Sears Heroes at Home, and Wells Fargo; and sponsors of the commemoration event, including the HandsOn Network, Best Buy, and Target.

Building a Healthy Neighborhood

On June 18th and 19th, as part of a special pre-conference event to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s National Healthy Homes Conference, Rebuilding Together led a major rebuilding effort in the Barnum neighborhood of Denver.  Hundreds of volunteers repaired more than 40 homes and Lowe’s and Carter’s Kids provided a new playground for a local park with HGTV’s Carter Oosterhouse.  Other special guests included HUD Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Director John Grant and Actress Amy Smart.  Click here to watch a video about this incredible project.

During the National Healthy Homes Conference in Denver, Rebuilding Together received a “Leading the Nation to Healthy Homes, Families and Communities” Award, presented by HUD.  Rebuilding Together was recognized as a leader in providing solutions and advancements to a safer and healthier way of life for thousands of homeowners across the country.

Youth Volunteers Help North Minneapolis Homeowners

Thanks again to the incredible team from the Catholic Heart Workcamp who spent a week with us making repairs for homeowners in need in North Minneapolis.  This team helped us complete several projects started on National Rebuilding Day and reorganized our warehouse.  This is the third year in a row that we’ve had this incredible group volunteer with us.  We look forward to working with you again next summer!  Thank you!

Moving On: AmeriCorps Term of Service Ends

Rebuilding Together Twin Cities has been incredibly fortunate to have Erin Anderson, Kristen Beck and Erika Wurst serve as AmeriCorps members over the last year.  With their terms of service coming to an end, Rebuilding Together Twin Cities would like to thank each of them for all of their hard work and dedication.

Erin, who served as the AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator, has accepted a position as the Director of Community Outreach for GoLocal in Boston.  The company works to champion local businesses by creating incentives for consumers to buy locally.

Kristen, who was the AmeriCorps Project Coordinator, will start a Master’s degree program in Academic Advising at Kansas State University this fall.

Erika, who served as the Safe at Home Coordinator, will enter law school this fall at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Erin, Kristen, and Erika have truly been a pleasure to work with over the last year.  Their dedication and enthusiasm have proven invaluable and the programs have continued to grown due to their efforts. Thank you again for your service.  Best of luck as you start this next chapter in your lives!