This National Rebuilding Day, the Bay Area SMACNA Women in Construction (WIC) group partnered with SMART Local 104 Tradeswomen on a home repair project with Rebuilding Together Peninsula. The event, which the group named “SHEBuilds,” focused on improving the home of a family in East Palo Alto, California.
Repairs included installing smoke detectors, welding and repairing a security door, stripping and painting new siding, installing a kitchen backsplash, and painting the interior of the house. In addition, a SMACNA contractor returned later in the week to complete plumbing repairs.
The Bay Area SMACNA WIC group recruited women from SMACNA as well as Local 104. More than thirty women and 4 men participated in the project. “We all had such a wonderful time and I believe it was a major success,” said 5th year apprentice, Connie Mrdutt, who served as crew lead. This was one of the first projects where members from both groups worked together on a project.
SMACNA President-Elect Angie Simon of Western Allied Mechanical helped secure local contractors and associate sponsors, raising $5,000 for the event.
At the end of the day, the home owners were very happy with the repairs, noting “today was so wonderful. I can't thank you enough for your heart and tireless effort. You took extra special care of us, and I am so grateful…. We are so very happy.”
On the last Saturday in April every year, volunteer groups across the country participate in National Rebuilding Day. To learn more about the project, visit the Rebuilding Together website.