Rebuilding the Community: Nevadans helping Nevadans

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  • By Senior Airman Angela Crawford
  • 152nd Airlift Wing

RENO, Nev.-- On April 30, Airmen from across the Nevada Air National Guard partnered together with Rebuilding Together Northern Nevada (RTNNV) to provide home repairs and updates for two veteran homeowners in Washoe County.

Between the two locations, a volunteer corps of over 80 individuals from Nevada Air National Guard and other local businesses came together to provide a variety of critical home repairs to selected recipients, which included: irrigation system installation, landscape projects, deck building, rain gutter and fence repair, yard clean-up and removal of unwanted debris and other home rehabilitations. The repairs were provided free of charge.

“There really isn’t a better feeling than being able to come out here today and help a veteran,” said Staff Sgt. Kristina Bloodgood, a Production Recruiter for the 152nd Airlift Wing. “Everyone deserves to have a nice, safe home and Rebuilding Together Northern Nevada gives our community members just that.”

The national Rebuilding Together organization was created in 1988, there are 130 affiliated chapters. RTNNV was established in March 2020. Their first repair project was in January 2021, since then they have assisted over 40 homeowners with over 200 repairs ranging from very simple fixes such as grab bars, smoke detectors, stairways to the more complex such as water-heater installations, HVAC repairs and in some rare occasions roof repairs or replacements.

“Our second annual Rebuilding Day was a huge success. We received such positive feedback; our community members were excited to be helping neighbors and plan to patriciate in the future,” said Katie Pace, executive director of Rebuilding Together Northern Nevada. “We welcome corporations and organizations to reach out to RTNNV for assistance in sponsoring a [Re]Building Day with their employees!”