Who we are and what we do
With the help of volunteers, skilled tradespeople and the support of local business and major corporate partners, Rebuilding Together Fox Valley makes life better for low-income, specifically elderly, disabled and veteran homeowners, every year. Our work positively impacts the living conditions of homeowners to help them live in warmth, safety and independence. Our services are provided for free to homeowners in need.
Bringing volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners.
A safe and healthy home for every person.
There are two ways we rebuild
1) Project Day!
On the first Saturday in May we bring together sponsors and more than 1100 volunteers to work from 8AM-4PM on homes in need. This will be our largest Project Day to date and reflects not only the growing needs of our community, but also the amazing support of our community. It is a day to celebrate the power we all have to make a difference.
2) Year Round Projects
We have volunteers and staff that work throughout the year to address issues of repair, maintenance, modification and safety for qualifying homeowners. Through our year-round efforts we have improved close to 800 homes in our 15 years.
We categorize our projects into two fields, either Quick-Fix or Pro-Fix. Quick-Fixes are projects that we can complete with the help of our volunteers. They usually range in scope from grab bar installation to light carpentry such as installing new doors and windows. Pro-Fix are projects we have to hire professionals to complete. The scale of these is usually quite extensive such as a roof replacement and foundation issues. Fortunately, we have a great relationship with many local companies that help minimize these costs and expand our mission even further.
We help homeowners who cannot do the work themselves
The homeowners who qualify for assistance from RTFV have financial hardships and are unable to do necessary repairs or maintenance because of their age or disability. RTFV ensures that the work is done at no cost.
We identify our recipients based on referrals and homeowner applications received through care-giving organizations, county agencies, churches, neighbors, family and friends. A site visit is made with homeowners to determine both eligibility and the scope of work to be done.
We would love to tell you more about RTFV
Please visit our website at www.rtfv.org or call 920.730.2156 to learn more about our organization. Whether you are interested in supporting our efforts or receiving some assistance from RTFV, you are the reason we are able to fulfill our mission.
Rebuilding Together Fox Valley has 3 full time staff members. Executive Director, Shannon Wiegman, Office Manager, Angie Waters and Construction Program Manager, Kurt Bertram. Volunteers are the heart of Rebuilding Together Fox Valley and they are needed to perform many functions, from the repair work on the homes to the day to day activities to run an organization. If you are interested in volunteering, please register on the website on the volunteer page or contact the office at 920.730.2156.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is a roll-up-your-sleeves and “get busy” kind of Board. From governance to fund raising to actual assistance with the work on the homes, they do it all! Our Board of Directors are:
- Freddy Weidner, Chair, Nestle Pizza Division
- Jeff Desing, Vice Chair, JJD Investments
- Christina Kirchner, Secretary, Thrivent Financial
- Judy Engen-Pazdera, Treasurer, U.S. Venture, Inc.
- Tom Bolles, The Boldt Company
- Katherine Crowley-Peckham, Retired, Appleton Area School District Administrator
- John Heck, The Boldt Company
- James Matheson, ThedaCare
- Joe Truehart, Hoffman Planning, Design and Construction
- Paul Westburg, Schenck SC
- Heidi Zich, Home Builders Association of the Fox Cities
- Mark Huiting, Board Advisor, Bassett Mechanical
- Sean Drury, Board Advisor, Thrivent Financial