We Rebuild Better Together: A Message From Our Chair, Emily Ransone

By RTSV Board Chair, Emily Ransone

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When we were first faced with the challenges brought on by the pandemic, RTSV pivoted its operations to become resilient while addressing the needs of our community. During this last year, RTSV charged ahead, continuing to serve our neighbors in need with the life-changing repairs and community revitalization that we rely on your support to help complete. Along with celebrating 30 years of service, many of us celebrated becoming fully vaccinated, finally able to add a bit of normalcy to our lives and returning to the things we love.

 While eating at restaurants and seeing friends began to feel safe again, we also were challenged to begin heading back into office and leaving Zoom meetings behind, but after more than a year of getting used to working in remote teams, RTSV found that many of our partner organizations wanted to kick off going back into office with a team bonding activity while giving back to the communities that were hit hard during the peaks of the pandemic. Through Team Builds with RTSV, our partners were able to safely reconnect with their teams, learn how to communicate better while working hands-on with each other, and bond as they made a direct impact on our community.

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Team Builds are turn-key projects led by RTSV Staff separate from our Rebuilding Days in April and October. Team Builds highlight an organization’s commitment to volunteering and making a positive impact in our community, and can provide a unique bonding experience and a deeper understanding of the work we do.

As we kicked off the first Team Build of the year in 2021, we were inspired by our partners’ commitment to making a difference. Volunteers from DPR Construction came together to work on a project at RAFT, Resource Area For Teachers, a nonprofit that provides low-cost materials and STEM kits to teachers. DPR volunteers were passionate about giving back and supporting our community’s teachers who at that time were returning to classrooms for the first time since the pandemic began.

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Not only are Team Builds great to allow teams to understand each other better while highlighting an organization’s commitment to volunteering and making a positive impact in our community, Team Builds can allow an organization a deeper understanding of the work they do. Take Lockheed Martin for example. Volunteers form Lockheed worked to transform the home of a veteran from Gilroy who served in the US Army until 1961 and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal among other titles.

When RTSV hosts a Team Build, we are able to achieve an even greater impact while bonding in ways that aren’t possible unless you are on a project site. We are so grateful to each of our partners for their dedication and hope we can have more stories to tell this year.

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Whether you’re interested in team building or want to make a direct impact in our community, we have year-round opportunities. Reach out directly to learn more about volunteer project types that work best for you and your team by contacting our Development Director, Alaina, at .

At Rebuilding Together – Silicon Valley, we believe that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home, so we help provide critical home repairs to over 600 clients per year, including to those who are aging in place. We rely on generous donations—like those on Giving Tuesday—to continue our essential work and the positive impact we have in these communities.

You can help us make a difference in these communities by donating to our cause today or you can learn more information about what your donations help us accomplish by watching Robert’s story!

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