Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge has once again received volunteer help from the Zachary Rotary Club.

On May 8, several members of the service organization volunteered for the fourth Rebuilding Together BR project to repair and renovate the McHost Road home of 92-year-old Zachary woman.

RTBR formed in 2003 as a nonprofit organization supported by contributions of labor, materials and money and is one of more than 200 nationwide Rebuilding Together affiliates.

In 2004, the organization completed its first three home renovations and has completed more than 100 projects to date in the greater Baton Rouge area.

For the first eight years, RTBR was 100 percent volunteer-driven, but since then, part-time executive director the Rev. Chris Andrews has helped the Baton Rouge affiliate increase its impact on the region, Jimmy Walters, project coordinator, said.

About 14 houses are renovated annually through volunteers, but affiliates with a paid staff complete an average of another 58 houses each year, according to Rebuilding Together statistics.

Walters said every RTBR project is different and renovations vary from basic to complex.

Most projects are completed in a single day but some homes require some preparation work in advance of the work day.

On Friday, Rotary volunteers included President Ryan Talbot, President-elect Mindy Head, her husband, Jason, and fellow Rotarians Barry Fisher, Bret Funk, Troy Landry and Kate MacArthur as well as a few others throughout the day.

Work included building front and rear wheelchair-accessible ramps and decks, relocating an air-conditioning window unit and cleaning out roof gutters.

“She is so happy to receive our help,” MacArthur said. “It feels good to help. I came out here intending to stay for just a bit, but now I can’t leave; I feel I have to do more.”

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