Hundreds of Rebuilding Together Volunteers to Revitalize 15 Homes in Cleveland and McFerrin Park Neighborhoods

Hundreds of Rebuilding Together Volunteers to Revitalize 15 Homes in Cleveland and McFerrin Park Neighborhoods

National and local sponsors join Rebuilding Together for Building a Healthy Neighborhood project in East Nashville

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Unsafe or unhealthy living conditions at home account for many of the leading causes of preventable fatality, illness and disability in the United States today. Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities, and it’s partners in conjunction with the National Healthy Homes Conference will lead a major three-day Building a Healthy Neighborhood project Nashville, TN.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 11:15am

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For Immediate Release

NASHVILLE, TN, May 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Hundreds of Rebuilding Together volunteers will descend upon the Cleveland and McFerrin Park neighborhoods May 29-31 to provide critical repairs to 15 homes, install a new playground and help revitalize the East Nashville community.

This work is made possible through the generous support of many national and local sponsors including Lowe’s, Carter’s Kids Foundation, CBRE, Crate and Barrel, HGTV, DIY Network, Mass Mutual, Assurant, LP Building Products, Sun Trust Foundation, First Tennessee Foundation, WSMV-TV and the West End Home Foundation.

“You can be proud of your neighborhood when you see everybody getting together, and the work is being done,” said Jewell. Project homeowner Jewell has lived in her house for many years. With the loss of her husband, she has not been able to maintain the 1920’s home. The windows are drafty, the doors don’t seal properly.  Jewell is unable to vacuum because of physical limitations and is fearful of tripping on loose cords and worn carpet. Jewell’s home will receive new flooring, the windows will be weatherized, doors will be replaced, electrically issues will be addressed and security lights will be installed.

Homeowners being served include many families who have lived in the community for more than 40 years and are aging in place. Some of the homeowners have physical disabilities and are in need of accessibility modifications.

The volunteers will assist with flooring repairs and replacement, weatherization repairs, roof and handrail replacements, other major home rehabilitations, accessibility modifications, painting and landscaping.

“We so appreciate the dedication of all the volunteers and the financial contributions of our generous sponsors, without whom this critical work could not be completed,” said Charley Shimanski, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together.  “We are honored to be in Nashville to demonstrate the positive effects of safe and healthy housing on homeowners and in the community.”

The Building a Healthy Neighborhood mission is to demonstrate the positive effects of home and neighborhood revitalization on the overall health of homeowners, families and communities. For more information, go to

Follow Rebuilding Together’s efforts on Twitter at @RebldgTogthr using the hashtag #RTBaHN.


About Rebuilding Together:
Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 187 local affiliates complete more than 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of 100,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us- visit

About Rebuilding Together Nashville:
Rebuilding Together Nashville provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades at low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. As part of a network of more than 187 local affiliates, Rebuilding Together Nashville has been serving low-income homeowners in Nashville and the surrounding area for 19 years.

About Lowe’s:
Lowe's, a FORTUNE® 100 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $200 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit and

About Carter’s Kids:
Carter’s Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and promoting awareness of fitness and self-esteem for America’s youth. Founded in 2008 by TV host Carter Oosterhouse, the purpose of Carter’s Kids is to increase the activity level of kids by building and developing community parks and playgrounds in their neighborhoods. These play spaces have been found to have a positive effect on the cognitive, social and physical development of the children who use them.

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