Rebuilding Together Petaluma October 2017 Workday!

The sun is out and the sky is blue! Rebuilding Together Petaluma’s regularly scheduled October workday went ahead today–as planned long before the recent firestorms. Briefly, Rebuilding Together “…strives to bring together volunteers and businesses to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners in Petaluma…a continual cycle of renewal, community building and civic engagement.”

I offer a few photos from the day!! Note many people are wearing masks because of the construction activity–not because of fire smoke–We’re past that…finally…for now….

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Rebuilding Together At COTS!

Saturday, June 24, 2017 was a special workday at Petaluma’s Mary Isaak Center, shelter for the homeless.  Wells Fargo Bank generously funded several major improvements and also supplied 55 employee volunteers who enthusiastically painted the 100 bed dormitory and all the restrooms. Many of the residents joined in and helped the day to be a smashing success.

Wells Fargo Volunteers (Photo Credit: RTP)

I  managed to capture some of their efforts in the photo gallery below.

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The team also included a special group of volunteers…

 

 

Rebuilding Together On Earth Day 2017!

The Annual April Workday for Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP) happened to also be Earth Day!

Briefly, 264 volunteers from the community joined together to lend a helping hand to neighbors and the community at eleven locations. * (Details at end of article)

I was able to photograph the volunteers at four of the eleven locations…

The RTP Volunteers at Shollenberger Park  had their “hands full” at times… becoming at times a part of the Earth in my viewfinder… 🙂

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*Here’s s short incomplete list of what 264 volunteers accomplished:

  • A wheelchair accessible shower was installed for a man who has had a stroke
  • A rotten bathroom floor, broken toilet and porch were replaced for a brother and sister, one of whom has cancer
  • 5 dumpsters were filled to the brim with debris & unwanted junk from every site
  • New wall heaters were installed and 40 year old carpet replaced, a fence built and a backyard sheet mulched for an 84 year old widow
  • A new kitchen floor was laid for a 90 year old WWII veteran as well as the exterior of his home painted, grab bars installed.
  • An employee kitchen was installed, gutters cleaned, landscape cleaned up and counseling rooms painted at Petaluma People Services Center
  • Rebuilding Together Petaluma’s new home was painted, landscaped, and new doors that actually open were installed
  • The home of an 89 year old woman who is blind was cleaned and landscaped
  • Two porches and a bathroom and laundry room floor were replaced for a disabled homeowner.
  • A 90 year old widow recieved a new roof on her mobile home earlier in the week, pressure washing outside,  and soft spots in her floor fixed
  • An unsafe and rotten porch was replaced for a disabled woman
  • Collapsing kitchen cabinets were replaced for a disabled homeowner
  • And Shollenberger Park had a team of volunteers pull out invasive weeds to restore the wetlands.

MLK DAY OF SERVICE–2017 Walker Creek Ranch School & Conference Center

Martin Luther King Day is a day of service in many parts of the country. This year 60 employee volunteers (including family members in some cases) from Kaiser Permanente’s Sonoma & Marin facilities and 20 AmeriCorps Volunteers participated in the MLK Day of Service at the Walker Creek Ranch School and Conference Center

Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP) coordinated and managed their efforts–which is how I came to be there!

On top of accomplishing an enormous amount of warehouse clearing, the volunteers engaged in storm drain clearing, pond algae removal, outdoor clean up and filling 4 large dumpsters to the brim. Kaiser is also funding the purchase of some much needed lodge furniture for Walker Creek Ranch.

Below are a few images, photo galleries, and one slide show from the day. At the end  of the article I have included a link to a more complete set of photos

 Volunteers Assembled

Martin Luther King Day 2017 Walker Creek Ranch

Martin Luther King Day 2017 Walker Creek Ranch

Volunteers

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Volunteers of all ages…including children participated

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Heavy Lifting!! Slideshow

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An image that captures the spirit of the day

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For additional photos go to RTP’s Photo Page

Ah April 16! Another Rebuilding Together Community Workday!

Yesterday, Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP) volunteers once again fanned out across the city to work in some of our parks or to help qualifying homeowners with critical maintenance needs. It should be noted that many of the home projects have been underway for some time meaning that it was not all done in one day. The volunteers have been hard at work for many days—rain or shine!

I had occasion to visit some of the worksites on April 16th and offer a few photos of the volunteers at work.  My selection, as usual, is arbitrary and capricious.

PHOTO GALLERY

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MLK Day of Service–2016 McKinley Elementary School, Petaluma, CA

As on past MLK Days, 70+ employee volunteers (including family members in some cases) from Kaiser Permanente’s Sonoma & Marin facilities participated in a Day of Service. Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP) coordinated and managed their efforts–which is how I came to be there!

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This year they applied their efforts to various projects at McKinley Elementary School in Petaluma.

  • Helping to transform a classroom and hallway into the home of the STEAM Curriculum (Science, Technical, Engineering, Art and Math facility…a.k.a. the Steam Room). Part of the renovation includes a large wall mural in the classroom and one in the hallway under the design and supervision of Ryan Petersen. The Mural in the classroom will be covered with IDEA paint, a substance that transforms any surface into dry erase surface.
  • Performing garden maintenance and makeover
  • Cleaning and storage closet organizing, classroom cleaning & organizing
  • Constructing  4 heavy duty worktables on wheels which will also be covered in IDEA paint for the STEAM Room and the rehab of kindergarten trikes

Upon project completion the Kaiser grant will pay for a 3D printer for the classroom.  

Below are three photo galleries of selected  images from the day…

I. STEAM ROOM & HALLWAY GALLERY

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II. GENERAL GALLERY

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III. GARDEN PHOTO GALLERY

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