Rebuilding Together and Crate and Barrel Revitalize the American Care Foundation/Academy in Dallas

DALLAS, March 31, 2014 – On Friday, April 4, 50 associates from home furnishings retailer Crate and Barrel will join with Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit with a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person, to revitalize the American Care Foundation/Academy (ACF).

The American Care Foundation/Academy (ACF) addresses the social and economic needs of children in underprivileged communities while restoring and strengthening families. They support families through education, assistance, and training aimed at providing children with the opportunities necessary to compete in our quickly changing world.  The changing economic times demand an increase in extended child care. The American Care Academy provides an innovative child care learning center to address the needs of underprivileged youth. Encompassing sociological and educational development, The American Care Academy is an advocate in providing children residing in low-income areas a positive environment.

During the workday, 50 Crate and Barrel volunteers will join Rebuilding Together’s Dallas affiliate to update the library and older-youth after-school area; create a new computer room for students; assemble new furniture; update the playground; repair a fence; paint and landscape.

“Rebuilding Together is so appreciative of Crate and Barrel and its associates who are making a difference in the lives of the children and families served by the American Care Foundation/Academy,” said Charley Shimanski, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “By providing these critical repairs and renovations to the American Care Academy, we are helping to provide a positive environment in which these children and families can succeed.”

In 2012, Crate and Barrel began a three-year agreement with Rebuilding Together. Crate and Barrel and Rebuilding Together have joined forces to support – with both financial contributions and volunteers – national “build” projects that will provide critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-efficient upgrades for low-income homeowners and community centers at no cost to recipients.