Nicole Harnke, RTMD’s Community Partnership Coordinator, wraps up her time with the organization this week as she heads for a year abroad. As we wished her well today at her goodbye luncheon, RTMD’s CEO, Kathryn Arbour, and Board Chair, Chris Magyar, expressed our deep appreciation for all the contributions Nicole has made to RTMD, first as an AmeriCorps Member assigned in 2013 through the RT Capacity Corps program, and this year as a member of our staff. Nicole’s work with dozens of volunteers, homeowners, and community partners has built and nurtured critical relationships during times of transition and stabilization. She will be greatly missed. Have fun, Nicole! Follow us on Facebook as Nicole sends updates periodically of her great adventures!
It is a New Year and everyone here at Rebuilding Together Metro Denver wishes you a wonderful one! Our current Board Directors are excited for the chance to build on the momentum we have been able to build with some generous year-end and year-beginning donations. We are putting together a great approach for the year, including the goal of growing the Board of Directors by 4 or 5 volunteers before we ring out the year.
Libby Wittman of One Main Financial, a recent addition to our Board, explained her interest in volunteering for such a significant role, with her expression of passion for our mission to provide safe and healthy homes for those whose opportunities are limited. Libby has had first hand experience volunteering on several projects with her work teams, serving homeowners in the metro Denver area. “Seeing the situations in which so many live in our communities drives me to want to bring what I can to help address such big needs,” she said at her first Board meeting. “Helping this organization with strategies for the future and fundraising are two important ways i can bring my talents to the table.” See who else is on our Board.
Find out more about volunteering to serve on our Board of Directors on Linked In. This is going to be an exciting year! We would love to have you with us! If you are interested in helping with our mission, but are not able to dedicate the time for a Board Member position, there are plenty of other ways to serve. Contact us for more details regarding other volunteer opportunities, including serving on one of the committees run by members of our Board of Directors. Be part of the housing solution this year with your support of RTMD.
It has been a busy Fall and early Winter around here as furnaces and water heaters fail with so much use and as pipes freeze and leak with temperature shifts. Drafty windows, holes in siding and electrical failures also plague the homeowners we serve. With the partnership of great companies around the metro area (see a list below of those who have been especially helpful so far this winter), and with the kindness and generosity of skilled volunteers and professional tradespeople, we are addressing dozens of critical issues. Recent funding from Swinerton Builders, Rose Community Foundation, and the many individual donors who responded on Colorado Gives Day, we are able to meet some of these expensive demands, improving immediately the health and safety of our neighbors.
You may have also tuned in to Colorado’s Best earlier in December to see DIY’s Chris Grundy talking about winter safety tips, especially for older adults. Not only does Grundy know his way around tools and handy approaches to home repair, he can make a discussion of caulking around windows hilarious. Be sure to tune into DIY for more of Grundy and the other great talent that make home improvement entertaining.
As the year winds down, we offer deep gratitude for everyone who supports our work. We are especially grateful for our dedicated Board of Directors, Staff and the many Volunteers who step forward every year to give of themselves, their talents and their time. Meeting our mission simply would not be possible without such mammoth efforts on the part of so many. And, we speak confidently for our Homeowners whose lives are changed. Some tell us eloquently in written messages, others will call back bubbling with gratitude, and many extend a hand at the end of a busy work day to say thank you. More than once tears are shed and occasionally we receive a small donation so that others may be helped.
We look forward to 2014 with optimism and belief that what RTMD does is essential to the health of our communities. We hope you agree and will support us in whatever ways you can.
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
We typically think about how the big hearts of others makes for more gratitude. Piglet’s reflections remind us that being grateful also makes our hearts bigger! As we pause for a moment here at RTMD to celebrate Thanksgiving with our family and friends, we look back on a year for which we are filled with gratitude. It has continued to bring big change to our organization and to those we serve. From our move nearly a year ago now into the shared space of our corporate partner, Handyman Matters, to the dozens of businesses that have supported our mission this year through cash and in-kind donations, to the myriad numbers of volunteers who have spent weekends, nights and many a day in our office and on site sharing their talents on behalf of those who need our help so much, to the homeowners we serve, whose hearts and souls ache for acknowledgement and support as they persist in their own dreams, we give our heartfelt thanks.
With the help and belief of so many, we have made a difference for several hundred homeowners and their families this year, making homes safe and healthy, revitalizing neighborhood streets and blocks, changing the story for individuals who frequently hear “no” as their needs grow in the face of adversities, illnesses and injuries that are life-changing. We are indeed grateful for your Very Big Hearts and ask your continued support of our mission.
Please consider RTMD as your charity of choice when you make your year-end donation. And join in on the fun and excitement of Colorado Gives Day on December 10. Help beat another giving record in Colorado and be eligible to win prizes besides. Learn more at Colorado Gives.