Rebuilding Together and Philips Work to Repair Homes, Community Centers and Provide Energy Efficient Upgrades

WASHINGTON, DC, June 19, 2014 -  In an effort to make communities safer, healthier, and more environmentally aware, Rebuilding Together and Philips are partnering to host six large volunteer projects across the country this summer and fall. As part of these projects, hundreds of volunteers will provide critical repairs and renovations to homes and community centers through the Philips Cares employee community service program. Additionally, Philips is donating its Philips LED lighting to the recipient homeowners to improve both the quality of their light and the energy efficiency in their homes.

“It is through our partnerships with supporters like Philips that we are able to provide families with the repairs needed to make their homes, as well as make the community, a better place to live,” said Charley Shimanski, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together.  “We are thrilled to be a part of the lasting impact in these six communities.”

The community rebuild projects are part of a national grant running from June through mid-September. Projects will take place in Haverhill, Mass., San Diego, Lyndhurst, N.J., Seattle, Boston, and Cleveland this summer and fall. Philips employee volunteers from each city will work directly with Rebuilding Together local affiliate organizations to complete the repairs and renovations.

“We are excited to be partnering with Rebuilding Together again this year,” said Brent Shafer, CEO, Philips North America. “By partnering with Rebuilding Together to restore homes and revitalize neighborhoods, our employees have the opportunity to make a difference in their own local communities in meaningful ways.”

This year marks the second year of partnership for Rebuilding Together and Philips. In 2013 Rebuilding Together and Philips renovated over 20 homes through the help of over 350 Philips volunteers serving over 1,300 homeowners and community members. The combined effort provided over $725,000 in market value to eight communities across the country.