Rebuilding Day Sept. 14

Shanna Watt and Becky Elliott Ward, members of the First United Methodist Church of Kearney, spend part of their day last year painting railings as part of Rebuilding Day. This year's Rebuilding day is Sept. 14.

CLAY COUNTY — Rebuilding Together Kansas City strives to enable vulnerable families in the Northland to safely stay in their own homes for as long as possible.

To do that, the nonprofit organization has 20 families selected to receive home repairs on Rebuilding Day, an annual repair day being held this year on Sept. 14. Rebuilding Day is focused on eliminating unsafe and deplorable living conditions for homeowners who do not have the financial or physical means to complete the repairs themselves.

On Rebuilding Day, close to 400 volunteers will combine their skills and energy to transform the homes and lives of veterans, seniors, people with disabilities and low-income families in the Northland. Most of the labor is donated by crews from churches, businesses, civic organizations and schools.

These projects are spread across Clay County from Gladstone to Liberty and North Kansas City to Excelsior Springs. High-impact projects being tackled this year include: repairing leaky roofs and holes in floors, replacing crumbling steps, creating functional bathrooms, adding new handrails on steps where falls have occurred, replacing deteriorated decks, home painting, repairing soffits where wildlife had entered the attic; and installing new appliances.

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