TAMPA, FL – Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay (RTTB) and its local community partners have joined forces host a block party as part of the ongoing Building a Healthier Sulphur Springs (BAHSS) project – a collaborative community effort to improve housing and neighborhood conditions in Sulphur Springs.
Lots of positive energy can be expected! Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay will engage several groups of volunteers to install the Healthy Home Kit, complete exterior painting and yard clean-up on 10 homes. Abundant Life Worship Center, which is a focal neighborhood partner, has identified households in need of these services.
Additionally, partners such as Community Stepping Stones will engage neighborhood teens to install new mailboxes (hand painted by these youth) to instill neighborhood pride while improving safety by providing legible house numbers to improve emergency response. Tampa Electric’s Neighborhood Weatherization Outreach program will supply a number of energy-efficiency measures that are included inside the Home Health Kit. In addition, Tampa Electric’s approved contractor, Alternative Energy Applications (AEA), will install ceiling insulation and seal ductwork in qualifying homes. The Sulphur Springs YMCA will conduct one-on-one sessions with residents on how to grow their own bucket gardens and reap the benefits that come from homegrown, nutritious fruits and vegetables. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful will lead beautification efforts by planting greenery and removing debris. Lastly, Lowe’s will provide a craft tent for neighborhood children, while Tampa Fire Rescue brings a fire truck to conduct demonstrations and provide safety goodie bags for the children.
Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Assembly will take place at Abundant Life Worship Center – 8117 N. 13th St. Tampa, FL 33604. Work will take place on N. 13th St. between E. Bird St. and E. River Cove St.
Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay, Abundant Life Worship Center, Sulphur Springs YMCA, Community Stepping Stones, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Tampa Electric, Alternative Energy Applications, Lowe’s, Tampa Fire Rescue and volunteers from JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America.
Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – RTTB and Solita’s House, Inc. will conduct a free educational workshop for participating residents. This workshop is to discuss the 7 Principles for Keeping a Healthy Home, how to use the products in the Healthy Home Kit, the importance of home maintenance and how to budget for these costs to avoid more costly repairs in the future.
About Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay
Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free home repairs to low-income families, the elderly, wounded veterans, victims of disasters and persons with disabilities. Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay makes homes safer, healthier and more energy efficient by providing an array of home rehabilitation services including emergency services, accessibility modifications, home improvements, weatherproofing and barrier removal.
This is all made possible through the support from foundations, corporations, public and individual sponsors; local businesses; skilled labor; and the hands-on work of hundreds of volunteers each year. Since its inception in 2000, RTTB has repaired over 500 homes and a non-profit facility involving over 10,000 volunteers totaling a value of more than $4 million.
The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading nonprofits, strengthening Hillsborough and East Pasco communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the Association, 19 facilities engage more than 160,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve our community’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Tampa Y has long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.
Community Stepping Stones is an arts education organization that uses visual arts and sciences as a development model for academic, social and personal growth. With a focus on K-8 programming, we serve young people at almost any age and creative level with the majority of our youth coming from some of the most underserved and underrepresented communities in Hillsborough County. Additionally, we are working on creating an enterprise component to all of our programming, assisting participants in not only understanding the importance of art and science, but how they can leverage their own creativity as a vehicle for financial stability and success.
Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Inc. (KTBB), a Keep America Beautiful Affiliate, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide environmental education and volunteer opportunities that develop individual responsibility and environmental stewardship. Since 1989, KTBB has formed partnerships with local governments, corporations, schools, and neighborhood organizations to engage individuals and provide opportunities to enhance the community through volunteer participation.