Rebuilding Together Supports Craftsman United House

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rebuilding Together is joining the Craftsman brand, Heroes at Home, NextGen Home, Champion Home Builders, Bank of America, and Ty Pennington to build a modular home during the Democratic and Republican National Conventions for a deserving American veteran.

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During this unique event, one half of the home will be built during the Republican National Convention, and the second half will be built during the Democratic National Convention. Rebuilding Together knows that no matter the political philosophy, everyone can stand united to help a veteran in need of a safe and accessible home. Rebuilding Together calls upon the delegates, their staffers, members of the press, and Tampa and Charlotte constituents to grab a hardhat and hammer and give back to an American veteran.

Rebuilding Together Tampa will help build the first half of the house during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. The site is located between Harrison Street N., Central Street W., and Governor's Street E. It will be built on Aug. 28 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

"We are honored to be part of this project, here in Tampa, as we continue to contribute to address the housing needs of our heroes and veterans," said Jose Garcia, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay.

Rebuilding Together of the Carolinas will work on the second half of the house during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The site is located at 510 S. College St., across from the convention center and between Tyron and College Streets. The project will take place on Sept. 3 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Ty Pennington, television host and DIY expert, will be in attendance for both conventions to lead the effort to make these two half houses into one home for an American veteran.

After the two halves of the home are built during their respective conventions, the home will be united in the Belmont neighborhood of Charlotte and in October, the keys to the home will be turned over to the veteran .

"It's great that we get to help bring our parties together by building a home for a U.S. veteran, which is a major mission for Rebuilding Together – bringing communities together and providing safe and healthy homes for our veterans," said Gary Officer, the CEO of Rebuilding Together.

Constituents can urge their state representatives to participate in this bipartisan homebuilding by signing a petition at www.facebook.com/craftsman.

To learn more about Rebuilding Together, its mission and work, visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.

About Rebuilding Together: Rebuilding Together believes in a safe and healthy home for every person. Rebuilding Together provides critical repairs to an existing home, addressing both structural issues and those that affect the health of the homeowners. House by house, block by block, we work with our nearly 200 affiliates, 200,000 volunteers, who are skilled tradespersons, corporate partners and everyday citizens, to repair homes, to stabilize and revitalize communities. For nearly 25 years, we have seen the benefits when people remain in their homes: lives are improved and communities are revived. See the difference we make at www.RebuildingTogether.org. You can also follow Rebuilding Together on Twitter @rebldgtogthr or become a fan on Facebook at Facebook.com/RebuildingTogether.

Craftsman
The Craftsman brand is America's most trusted tool brand.  For more than 85 years, the Craftsman brand has developed innovative tools and products, earning a reputation for unsurpassed quality and durability, trusted for generations. Craftsman offers a full range of hand and power tools that meet the needs of the DIY user to the demanding professional.  In addition, Craftsman also offers Lawn and Garden products and tool storage.

Heroes At Home
The Sears Heroes at Home program via Rebuilding Together rebuilt more than 1,200 homes for deserving military families by raising more than $16.8 million. Heroes at Home addresses a critical need for an alarming number of veterans who are struggling to make ends meet and who live in substandard housing. Sears recently completed its spring renovation campaign through its Heroes at Home initiative via nonprofit Rebuilding Together where 150 restoration projects happened across the country. For more information on how to give back and continue their efforts by donating funds to Heroes at Home, visit your local Sears store or sears.com/heroesathome.

NextGen Home
For the past ten years, the NextGen Home Experience national showcase homes at major events have featured the "next" in next generation for the American home.  A NextGen home www.nextgenhome.com  is recognized for offering home buyers a high performance home at an affordable price. Our NextGen builder partner for the "House United" project is Champion Home Builders (www.championhomes.com)  who is building a NextGen edition of one of its Rosewarne model, which will be donated to a deserving injured veteran.  With 29 manufacturing plants throughout the United States, Western Canada and Europe, Champion has built over 1.7 million factory-built homes for home buyers throughout North America.

Bank of America Corporate Social Responsibility
Bank of America's commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way across more than 100 markets around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees. Our goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving. By partnering with our stakeholders, we create shared value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business. We have several core areas of focus for our CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_Community.

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