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posted: 4/21/2014 9:32 AM

Rebuilding Together Aurora to help beautify the city

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Rebuilding Together Aurora will rally more than 400 community volunteers, skilled tradespersons and local service organization members to pick up hammers, paintbrushes, shovels and help low-income neighbors in need.

Twenty homes and one community space on Aurora's west side, near the May Street Park and Nancy Hill Elementary School, will be safer and more accessible after the 2014 April Rebuild Event.

Free repairs and modifications will go to some of the community's most vulnerable, i.e. senior citizens, persons with disabilities, veterans and families with children. Rebuilding Together also will join forces with the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry and the City of Aurora to create a community garden.

Held the last Friday and Saturday in April every year, the April Rebuild event is the signature program of Rebuilding Together Aurora. This neighborhood and its residents will join the 600-plus households that have benefitted from the efforts of Rebuilding Together Aurora volunteers over the past 21 years.

The rebuilding will take place from 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, from Plumb Street to Florida Avenue and Highland Avenue to Pennsylvania. Media check-in and rally is at 734 N. May St. in Aurora.

Forty-three individuals, including seniors, veterans, small children, and people with disabilities living in owner-occupied homes will benefit from critical home repairs and improved accessibility modification modifications completed by volunteers.