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A home in central Evanston was the beneficiary of hundreds of hours of work by volunteer Rotarians this past weekend in the annual Rebuilding Together initiative.

The approximately 50 volunteers came not only from the two regular Evanston clubs, but also from members of Rotary-sponsored clubs at Evanston Township High School and Northwestern University, aided by local business and community groups.

All day Friday and Saturday, they removed dead trees, cleared and planted a garden area, removed carpeting, repaired and painted interior and exterior walls and trim, and cleaned out the basement.

Typically held on the last weekend in April, Rebuilding Together is a nationwide enterprise, involving thousands of community volunteers to provide free home repairs and modifications for low-income Americans, with a focus on the elderly, the disabled, military veterans, and families in need.

By rehabilitating and improving homes at no cost to homeowners, the volunteers make it possible for recipients to remain in safe and healthy homes, keep their independence and dignity, and preserve their home equity.

Top: Volunteers Don Gwinn and Marv Edelstein, of the Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse, prepare to paint the front porch.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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