Rebuilding Together and Cricket Work Together for Flood Victims

Oct 01, 2010, 15:39 ET from Rebuilding Together Nashville

Cricket, Rebuilding Together Nashville Renovate Flood Homes

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cricket Communications Inc., a leading provider of value-driven wireless services, and Rebuilding Together Nashville are joining forces to help to repair and restore homes, revitalize the community and make a lasting impression on the many volunteers who are donating their time on Saturday, Oct. 2.

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A team of volunteers will help flood victims in the Nashville area by providing home repairs and making houses safer, more accessible and energy efficient. On Saturday, many of the homeowners in the neighborhood Rebuilding Together is working in currently will be moving back in their homes for the first time since May.

"Rebuilding Together Nashville is proud to be working with Cricket to change lives in our community," said Laura Price, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Nashville. "Cricket has demonstrated a dedicated effort to serve the low-income homeowners that we at Rebuilding Together Nashville are so committed to serving – especially the flood victims we are helping this weekend."

Throughout the course of the fall, Cricket will complete projects in several cities, including Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia and Houston. The projects are all intended to help low-income homeowners and perform extensive rehabilitations to their homes.

"Cricket is proud to support Rebuilding Together Nashville in this tremendous home repair and restoration project," said Julie Moncrief, Area Marketing Manager of Cricket. "It is a priority of ours to give back to the local community where our customers and employees live and work."

Hands On Nashville and Rebuilding Together Nashville are committed to restoring 75 flood-damaged homes with support from these corporate partners and others, including the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.  By Oct. 2, volunteers will have completed 26 homes with Hands On Nashville and Rebuilding Together Nashville, supplying an average of $10,000 in construction materials, as well as skilled and unskilled volunteer labor for each home.

Homeowners qualifying for the program must meet Rebuilding Together Nashville's five partnership criteria. They include:

  • Homeowners must be low-income, earning 80 percent of the median income or less.
  • Homes must be single-family residences.
  • No property taxes can be owed on these residences.
  • Homes must be permanent, free-standing structures.
  • Homes must be remediated and ready for rebuilding and to accept volunteers.

About Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together is the nation's leading nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing extensive rehabilitation and modification services to those in need at no cost to those served.  With the help of everyday citizen volunteers, skilled trades people, the support of local business and major corporate partners, Rebuilding Together affiliates in America's largest cities and smallest towns make life considerably better for thousands of low-income homeowners and the communities in which they live by completing 10,000 projects per year. Rebuilding Together has programs dedicated to energy efficiency, veteran's housing, aging in place and gulf coast reconstruction.

For more information, visit www.RebuildingTogether.org. You can also follow Rebuilding Together on Twitter @rebldgtogthr or become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RebuildingTogether.

About Rebuilding Together Nashville

The mission of Rebuilding Together Nashville is to preserve and revitalize houses and communities, assuring that low-income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly and disabled and families with children, live with warmth, safety and independence. Rebuilding Together Nashville focuses on helping families in Davidson County and 10 surrounding counties. Rebuilding Together Nashville has two programs that we are currently running, a General Repair and Flood Relief Program. The Flood Relief Program has Rebuilding Together Nashville partnered with Hands on Nashville to repair 75 flood damaged homes.  The General Repair Program occurs every spring and fall. With the help of sponsors and several hardworking volunteers, Rebuilding Together Nashville rebuilds multiple homes within the local area. For more information, visit http://rebuildingtogethernashville.org or call 615.297.3955.

About Cricket

Cricket is the pioneer of simple and affordable unlimited wireless services with no long-term commitments or credit checks required serving more than 5.3 million customers in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Cricket offers wireless voice and broadband Internet services over the latest technology, high-quality, all-digital 3G CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO wireless network. Cricket's wireless voice service plans include unlimited anytime minutes, unlimited U.S. long distance, unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited text to Mexico, unlimited Mobile Web, unlimited directory assistance, as well as a variety of calling features and feature-rich mobile applications such as popular games, ringtones and wallpapers. Cricket Broadband provides unlimited Internet access anywhere within Cricket's coverage areas at speeds comparable to DSL. For more information on Cricket, visit www.mycricket.com. Cricket is offered by Leap Wireless International, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, Calif. For more information on Leap, visit www.leapwireless.com.

About Hands On Nashville, Inc.

Founded in 1991, Hands On Nashville (HON) is Middle Tennessee's only volunteer resource center and one of the largest Hands On Network affiliates. HON connected 38,969 volunteers to service in 2009 and offers volunteer projects 365 days a year. In response to the recent flooding, HON has placed more than 19,000 volunteers in recovery roles since May 2. To find out more or to volunteer, visit www.hon.org.

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