Earlier this year WMAA participated in Rebuilding Together with the Silicon Valley chapter and had such a great experience, we signed up again to volunteer on October 22, along with over 800 other volunteers to help repair and improve 27 homes in Santa Clara County. Mauricio Flores and Denise Forbes spent the day in San Jose and had this to say of the experience:
"Rebuild Day Fall 2016 was another great day. There’s always an eclectic group of people. Out of the 75,000 thousand volunteers and the 10,000 projects each year, I got a chance to work alongside the San Jose chapter of Engineers Without Boarders, students, retirees, as well as some skilled laborers. We all set aside our calculators and drafting programs and picked up brushes and paint buckets to help the residents of the Town & Country Mobile Village. On the project I was on, we repainted the exterior of the building, cleared out some weeds, refinished the main deck/stairs, as well as retrofit toilets and grabs bars to name a few. These types of improvements are what Rebuilding together is all about. Not only does it add value to the homes being work on, but more importantly, it adds value to lives of the people living in them. In many cases, it’s a section of our population with low/ fixed incomes. In a world of need, this manifestation of egalitarian ideals, that is Rebuilding Together, aligns closely to my heart of hearts. So, even though at the end of Rebuild Day my body was tired, my soul was replenished and can’t wait to do it again in the Spring!" - Mauricio Flores
"It was great to see so many people willing to give up a day of their weekend to help these elderly residents." - Denise Forbes
We look forward to the next Rebuilding Days of 2017!