Hammers will swing Saturday as 1,000 volunteers from across the area join forces with Rebuilding Together Richmond — a nonprofit group focused on safe and healthy housing — to repair houses in a North Side neighborhood.
The volunteers — half representing corporations and businesses in the area, the rest churches and civic groups — will come together to weatherproof, modify and fix 39 houses for low-income homeowners in the East Brookland Park Boulevard area.
Major corporate contributors include DuPont USA, Capital One Financial Corp., Dominion Resources, CarMax Inc., UPS Foundation, Nationwide Insurance and the Lowe’s home improvement chain.
“It’s important that local businesses engage in community outreach efforts,” said Mark Kay Huss, executive director of Rebuilding Together Richmond, which is part of the national Rebuilding Together organization.
This year’s event marks the 25th annual rebuilding day. It also kicks off the 10th annual Affordable Housing Awareness Week, a week of projects among local housing nonprofit groups to raise awareness and support the region’s affordable housing needs.
Saturday’s event, in collaboration with the Partnership for Affordable Housing, will culminate with a community block party for volunteers, families, nonprofit partners and Highland Park community members at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 2713 Second Ave. in Richmond.
The block party, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., will feature music, carnival food and children’s activities.