This week United Way and its Midlands Flood Recovery Group partners, Habitat for Humanity, Home Works of America, Reach Global and SBP, are joining together for the Restoring Hope Rebuild Blitz to repair 12 Columbia-area homes damaged by flooding last October 2015.
More than 350 volunteers will work on a range of projects including demolition, total roof repairs, floor installations, insulation, drywall, repainting and cleaning.
“Volunteers are an essential component of United Way’s new Restoring Hope initiative to raise $2 million and repair 250 homes in the next year,” said Mac Bennett, United Way President and CEO. “By leveraging volunteer labor and donated goods, United Way and its partners can repair a home for 25 percent less than a market rate repair.”
With more than 1,200 households still waiting for rebuild services in Richland and Lexington counties and 86 homes repaired to date, the Restoring Hope initiative aims to accelerate the rebuild process by generating additional funds, volunteers and other vital components needed for full flood recovery.