Imagine living in a home in the middle of winter with a broken furnace and leaky windows, or with no hot water, plumbing that won't work or a roof that leaks. Or imagine living through a sweltering summer with no air conditioning. Now imagine being 78 years old, and having to choose between fixing these problems and buying food or medicine.
Many of the people that Rebuilding Together Greater Harrisburg (RTGH) helps are in this position, and they live right here in Central Pennsylvania. All of these people, our neighbors, need your help.
RTGH is an all volunteer non-profit 501c3 organization that for 20 years has provided critical home repairs to low income, disabled and elderly homeowners. Formerly named Christmas in April, our goal is to help make homes, safe, warm and dry our homeowners can remain independent and "age in place."
To make these repairs, we need your help. You can make a difference by making a donation to support RTGH. Every dollar you donate is multiplied by the efforts of skilled and unskilled volunteers who provide all of their labor at no charge. A donation of $300 will provide materials that hard-working volunteers can use to make improvements worth ten times that amount!
You may have contributed to the worthwhile national charities in response to higher profile disasters like hurricane Sandy. But we ask you to consider the heartbreaking conditions many people live in every day in this area.
If you want to help through a donation or by volunteering your time, please click here.
Something every homeowner should know:
Turn Down, Seal off, Save Up http://www.staywarmpa.com/
To Save Green
These tips can save money and cut energy use:
- Set thermostats comfortably low in winter and comfortably high in the summer.
- Clean filters on forced air funaces
- Use compact fluorescent light bulbs.
- Air dry dishes, instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle.
- Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120 degrees.
- Wrap hot water heaters in an insulating jacket.
- Install low-flow showerheads.
Source: U.S. Department of EnergyEach year RTGH uses a small budget to make thousands of dollars of critical home repairs such as electrical, plumbing, heating and insulation. We install smoke alarms, make structural repairs and modify bathrooms for the disabled. These repairs make a huge impact for those who need it most: the low income elderly and disabled.In addition, our volunteer occupational therapists from Elizabethtown College provide in-house evaluations to ensure our elderly and disabled can ambulate appropriately throughout their home and modifications such as grab bars, comfort height toilets, etc. are installed where necessary.