News - April 7, 2010

Community 'Rebuilding Day' set for Saturday, April 24

Rebuilding Together Peninsula, the organization that mobilizes thousands of volunteers to repair community facilities and the homes of low-income people, will hold its annual Rebuilding Day on Saturday, April 24.

Some 3,500 volunteers from companies and community organizations will work on 80 projects in 14 cities on the Peninsula, including four projects in Menlo Park, said Kate Comfort Harr, development director for Rebuilding Together Peninsula.

About 100 volunteers are expected to participate in a major repainting project at Belle Haven School, a K-8 elementary school in Menlo Park, where most of the students are from low-income families.

Last year, Rebuilding Together volunteers started repainting the exterior of the school. This year's goal is to complete that effort, painting about 11,000 square feet of surface area, Ms. Harr said.

The volunteers are from the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto and BioCentury Publications, as well as Kiwanis-sponsored youth groups from Palo Alto and Gunn high schools and Stanford University. The workers will be augmented by volunteers from the National Charity League and parents of Belle Haven students.

One of the Menlo Park homes set to be repaired is on Carlton Avenue. The volunteers are sponsored by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and the Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park, Ms. Harr said.

Volunteers will use green practices, such as reducing waste, and help homeowners reduce energy by insulating water heaters and weather-stripping windows and doors.

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