Rebuilding Together, one energy efficient home at a time

By Krista Van Tassel
April 19th, 2011

April is a busy month at Wells Fargo. From financial (Teach your Child to Save Day on April 12) and career education (Take your Child to Work Day on April 28) to community involvement (National Volunteer Week from April 10-16) to environmental celebrations for Earth Day (April 22, of course), we cover it all in April.

This year, we are adding a new day to our list of April celebrations: Rebuilding Together Day on April 30, a national day of service dedicated to helping revitalize local neighborhoods through home and community projects.

Rebuilding Together is a national nonprofit that helps preserve affordable home ownership and revitalize communities. Their network of more than 200 affiliates provides free rehabilitation and critical repairs to the homes of low-income Americans. They assist a variety of people in need, including disabled and aging homeowners, homeowners displaced by natural disasters, and veterans with disabilities.

Rebuilding Together also utilizes a variety of green building practices in every rehabilitation project they complete. Their work includes energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling construction waste and using recycled materials wherever possible, indoor environmental health, smart land use and homeowner education.

If you’d like to learn more about the work that Rebuilding Together does, please watch our YouTube video that features Wells Fargo Volunteers in action in Des Moines, Iowa (Rebuilding Together and Wells Fargo Rock the Block!).

This year, Wells Fargo’s network of over 50 Green Teams are working with local Rebuilding Together affiliates to help with energy efficiency and gardening projects in their communities. Projects are taking place all over the country: in Florida, Wells Fargo Green Teams in Jacksonville and Orlando will be rehabbing homes in their local neighborhood; in Charlotte, the Green Team will focus on a neighborhood revitalization project; and right here in my hometown of San Francisco, Wells Fargo Green Team SF will be providing much needed energy efficiency repairs for seven home owners in the Ocean-Merced-Ingleside (OMI) neighborhood.

Wells Fargo is thrilled to help this important community group. And we hope you’ll help us in our efforts to support Rebuilding Together. Here are a few ways that you can get involved:

  • Consider volunteering for Rebuilding Together Day and find a local project.
  • If you can’t volunteer just yet, you can still help spread the word. Consider posting information on Rebuilding Together to one of your favorite social media sites, like Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
  • Let us know what you think about this effort by adding your voice to the conversation! Leave us a comment with your thoughts and feedback.

And please be sure to check back in May—we’ll be sharing lots of photos from some of our Rebuilding Together events!

Krista Van Tassel

Krista Van Tassel

As Community and Team Member Engagement manager for Wells Fargo’s Environmental Affairs Team, Krista supports the company’s 70+ Green Teams, recognizing and promoting environmental innovator best practices, and engaging and educating team members about their role in helping the company’s sustainability efforts. She also manages Wells Fargo’s Environmental Solutions for Communities’ $3 million annual nonprofit grant program focused on helping make long-term sustainable economic investments in local communities where its customers and 264,000 team members work and live. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2009, Krista worked in a variety of sustainability and marketing positions in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors. Krista earned her MBA in International Business at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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Chelseaon April 19, 2011 at 9:56 am:

I’m so excited for this year’s Rebuilding Day! Go team Wells Fargo!

Krista Van Tasselon April 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm:

@chelsea – The Wells Fargo Green Team SF is so excited to participate in Rebuilding Together Day with you and the rest of the SF Chapter of Rebuilding Together. The support you have provided us in planning this special event has been tremendous and we can’t wait to put our new energy efficiency skills to work on 4/30. Thanks!

Paul Brumbaumon April 19, 2011 at 10:18 am:

Rebuilding Together is a great organization, and a great way for team members to support families and communities that can really use some help.

I volunteered last Saturday with my daughter Ellie (16) on a team assigned to an elderly woman’s 70+ year old home in Oakland.

We painted the bedroom, living room and kitchen, took out old carpets and demo’d the bathroom which was redone with all water efficient fixtures.

We worked hard all day and felt so rewarded by the sense of community and the results that Ellie wants to go back this Saturday for the finish painting!

This is a great opportunity you will be glad you took on!

Krista Van Tasselon April 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm:

@Paul – Thank you for sharing your positive experience with Rebuilding Together. We have had nothing but a positive experience with the SF Chapter as well. The whole team is looking forward to our event on 4/30.

Jim Kelleron July 1, 2011 at 7:31 am:

I work for a company that employs folks in Minot ND. Recently there has been significant flooding and some of associates have home loans with Wells Fargo and understand there is a disaster loan modification program. Can you help me find out the specifics about that? Jim Keller Services Group of America

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