WASHINGTON, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rebuilding Together, the nation's leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership, and Safeway Inc. will rehabilitate homes and community centers in ten cities during the month of April. Safeway partnered with Rebuilding Together as part of Safeway's annual Disabilities Campaign, a fundraiser and awareness campaign that supports organizations that provide important services and outreach to people with disabilities.
Rebuilding Together is an expert in home modifications for people with disabilities. Modifications typically include wheelchair ramps, widened doorways for wheelchair access, grab bars, and new handrails.
This is the second year that Rebuilding Together has partnered with Safeway to make homes and community centers more accessible. Rebuilding Together affiliates receive funding from The Safeway Foundation for these projects and Safeway employees give hundreds of volunteer hours to complete the work. This year's projects are in Denver, CO; Chicago, IL; Silver Spring, MD; Sacramento, CA; Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Dallas, TX; San Diego, CA; and Berkeley, CA.
"We've been incredibly pleased with the relationship that Rebuilding Together and Safeway have developed," said Gary A. Officer, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. "This spring we will continue to synergize our efforts to assist persons with disabilities who face incredible hardship in our communities – an issue that is reflective of both our organizations' missions."
Larree Renda, Executive Vice President of Safeway Inc. and Chair of The Safeway Foundation praised Rebuilding Together's commitment to helping people with disabilities live more independent lives.
"We applaud Rebuilding Together's mission of giving people with disabilities full access and mobility inside and outside of their homes," said Larree Renda. "The organization is a perfect fit for Safeway and The Safeway Foundation because one of our core areas of our key pillars of giving is supporting people with disabilities."
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.
Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America, based on sales. The company operates 1,694 stores in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $41.1 billion in 2010. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY.