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DreamBuilders Receives Prestigious Volunteerism Award
At an October 2014 awards ceremony, DreamBuilders received the Governor's Service Award. Having been selected from among 215 nominations, DreamBuilders was recognized by the Governor's Office of Service and Volunteerism in the faith-based category for our efforts in restoring home ownership to families in Maryland. The nomination of DreamBuilders, which appears immediately below, highlights our history and recent work in Maryland.
For more on the: 31st Annual Governor's Service Awards
"DreamBuilders, Md. is a group of all-volunteer adults and youth who donate their time and resources to build homes for those in need locally in Maryland, throughout the US, and overseas. '
The group completed its first building project in 2002 as an outreach project of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Highland, Maryland; today, the group consists of six Episcopal Churches from Maryland and Temple Isaiah, a Jewish community from Fulton, MD. The group’s purpose is to help those in need and to teach our youth the importance of helping others.
During 2013, DreamBuilders’ local project was the rebuilding of the home of a family in Baltimore City that had been destroyed by a fire. Teams ranging in size from six to twenty-five donated approximately 400 volunteer hours on this project throughout the year, approximately two thirds of which were provided by teens ranging from 13 to 18 years old.
Rebuilding interior walls, framing for insulation of the house, preparing walls for putting up sheet rock, installation of that sheet rock, mortaring roof joists, and installing exterior siding were among the significant activities completed by the group. In addition to the actual re-construction work on the home, DreamBuilders also successfully solicited and coordinated donations, and professional installation, of new windows, electrical systems, HVAC and plumbing. Recently, when an unexpected tax payment issue threatened the home owner with loss of her home (through no fault of her own), DreamBuilders’ members donated the legal resources and necessary funds to resolve the issue. Additional hours will still be spent in the final stages of completing this re-build.
In addition to DreamBuilders’ local projects, during 2013 the group contributed approximately 3800 volunteer hours on four building projects in New Orleans, New Jersey (in the wake of Hurricane Sandy), West Virginia, and Joplin, MO.
DreamBuilders’ leadership members pay their own way to participate in organizing (“scouting”) visits to prospective build locations, participants pay all of their own costs to participate in each build, and no one in the DreamBuilders leadership is paid."
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