Rebuilding Together Baltimore, formerly Christmas in April Baltimore, is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, volunteer organization dedicated to helping low-income homeowners, through home renovation and repair. Our goal is to keep people living in warmth, safety, and independence, while helping to build better communities in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, Maryland.
Once a year, on the last Saturday in April, skilled and unskilled volunteers alike join together in a unique one-day event reminiscent of the barn-raising tradition of America's past.
Since 1990, the year of our first Rebuilding Day, the Baltimore affiliate of Rebuilding Together has organized the repair work for more than 1,200 homes and community spaces in more than 30 neighborhoods in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Rebuilding Together Baltimore works in partnership with volunteers and communities to make homes warmer, safer and drier for low-income homeowners who are seniors, people with disabilities or families with children. In its more than 20-year history, Rebuilding Together Baltimore's work represents over $7 million in value to the community.
Rebuilding Together Baltimore is now able to provide home repairs all year-round for eligible homeowners throughout Baltimore City and/or County. As always, we consider energy efficiency a priority — the organization works with communities and homeowners, providing energy efficiency education to community members and energy efficiency-related repairs for homeowners. We also place special emphasis on home safety and fall prevention for seniors and people with disabilities, providing grab bars, handrails, wheelchair ramps and other modifications that help to keep seniors and people with disabilities safe in their homes.
In 2008, Rebuilding Together Baltimore was chosen by HGTV (Home & Garden TV) as one of five cities in the US for their inaugural “Change the World. Start at Home” initiative. Rebuilding Together Baltimore is an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, Incorporated, a national organization with 200 affiliates across the country.
Baltimore's low-income population, particularly the elderly, disabled, and families with children, often live in deteriorating conditions. As people age, falls, injuries and greater health problems take their toll. Society pays a price in hospitalization, elder care and, most distressing, in homelessness. Many of our neighbors in Baltimore have worked all their lives and have been physically and financially able to maintain their homes in good condition. Now due to illness, the loss of a spouse, aging, and/or economic hardships, they are unable to do the repair work themselves and their homes deteriorate or become unsafe.
Homeowner referrals come from other non-profit agencies, local police departments, government agencies, social service organizations, churches, synagogues and private individuals. Applicants are screened for eligibility based upon need and income, with priority going to the elderly, disabled and/or families with children.
Please contact us for more information about this truly amazing volunteer program.