Saturday was a big day for Ruth Carr Johnson and other Evanston and suburban homeowners, getting their homes restored with the help of neighbors and volunteers.
Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse, along with members of the Rotary Club of Evanston, ETHS Interact Club, Northwestern University Rotaract Club, and their friends and families worked together to rehab Ms. Johnson’s home on Emerson on Saturday.
For well over a decade, the Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse, the newer of the two Rotary clubs in Evanston, has brought together all their know-how, supplies and muscle to help a local family with a home in need as part of the Rebuilding Together project, a national initiative that coordinates volunteers and donations.
The volunteers came from all kinds of occupations, including filmmaking, real estate, and music. Some of the volunteers were students, some retired. According to Don Gwinn, a member of the Lighthouse club, approximately 50 people participated in rebuilding, repairing, scraping, painting and hauling.
“We were lucky on the weather, given the forecast. We were able to complete most of the painting outside, but we will be going back in a couple of weeks to finish up the painting and to perform some minor repairs,” reported Mr. Gwinn.
“Rotary should be more than a weekly meeting, talking with your friends, having a meal, listening to a speaker, and writing checks. I think Rebuilding Together gives our volunteers an opportunity to work together on a hands-on project, to gain some insight into some of the problems facing the poor and elderly, to get some satisfaction from having accomplished something concrete and visible, and to leave with an assurance that the folks are better off for their having been there. I especially appreciate the opportunity for our two Rotary clubs to work together.”