POUGHKEEPSIE – Rebuilding Dutchess County Together (RTDC) recently celebrated its 30th anniversary by combining its annual “CHIP in to restart” golf tournament with a post-tournament dinner open to the public.
The golf tournament, according to RTDC board member Joe Ciardi, was made possible with the support of several major sponsors and the golfers themselves. “Our corporate sponsors such as GKontos Roofing and Mid-Hudson Construction Management (MHCM) work with us throughout the year to complete repairs and continue to support our efforts by sponsoring our annual tournament.”
The 501c3 non-profit RTDC helps homeowners by providing essential repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficiency improvements for low-income homeowners, including seniors, people with disabilities, families with children and active or retired members of the armed forces.
These services are provided at no cost to the owner. The work carried out ensures that qualified low-income homeowners live independently in warm, safe, healthy and dry homes. About two-thirds of RTDC projects are for seniors who want to age safely in place.
RTDC executive director Darcy McCourt noted that the tournament raises thousands of dollars for the organization, but donations throughout the year are just as important. “We rely on our donors, volunteers and corporate partners to improve the lives of others and we need support to continue our life-changing work. »
RTDC participates in the National Reconstruction Day program, held on the last Saturday of every April. The program takes a holistic approach that includes replacing a roof or windows, fixing electrical or plumbing issues, repairing a porch, installing a ramp, or changing room accessibility. of bath.
Since RTDC’s founding in 1992, more than 14,100 volunteers have been engaged to assist over 1,050 Dutchess County homeowners with critical home repairs and accessibility modifications valued at over $7.5 million in value Merchant.