Rebuilding Together and the Super Bowl are as winning a combination as football and Sunday night.
For 24 years, the national nonprofit, whose mission is to repair the homes of people in need and revitalize communities, has partnered with the NFL to arrange a “Kickoff to Rebuild” event each year in the Super Bowl host city—and Super Bowl LIII was no different.
On Feb. 1, Rebuilding Together Atlanta gathered more than 150 volunteers, including My Home Improvement team members Laura Janell Downey and Alex McCray, to repair six homes in the Just Us community on Atlanta’s Westside. Good Samaritans from Lowe’s, commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE, Woodward Academy, and more installed gutter downspouts, painted rooms, performed yardwork, prepared Lowe’s “Safe and Healthy Housing” kits and more.
Atlanta Falcons linebacker De’Vondre Campbell even came out to support the cause.
Caroline Blakely, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together, revealed why the day of service is so impactful. “The volunteer experience is incredible because they actually see the people that are benefiting from their work.”
As homeowner Antoinette Chapman watched a front window on the house her grandfather built in the ’50s be repaired by a tradesperson volunteer she said, “Any improvement is a blessing. I’m just grateful for anything anybody does.”
The New England Patriots may have won the big game, but the residents of the Just Us neighborhood consider themselves the true winners this year.