Local BNI Chapter helps rebuild Darien Veteran home
Published 1:00 pm, Thursday, May 5, 2011
A Noroton Heights Korean War veteran and his family are receiving extensive home repairs through the combined efforts of volunteers from the Darien Dynamos Chapter of Business Networking International and the 2011 Heroes at Home project, sponsored by Rebuilding Together of Fairfield County and Sears Holding.
A team from the local BNI chapter has already installed new, energy-efficient windows to make the home more comfortable for the veteran and his family members, who face serious health challenges. BNI volunteers will return over several weeks to make other repairs, including installation of a storm door and kitchen appliances, replacement of kitchen flooring, and bathroom modifications to facilitate easy access.
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"We're proud to be giving back to the community where we do business," BNI member and project leader Dwayne Bryant of CD Bryant Construction said.
The BNI team includes experts in the building trades as well as "desk jockeys" who are lending a hand with demolition, painting and other home repair tasks. Several BNI members even have enlisted their spouses as volunteers, making the project fun as well as productive.
"You really learn a lot about people when you're working together on a worthwhile project," Bryant said. "It's been a joy making a difference in the life of this family."
As a chapter of BNI, the Darien Dynamos meet every Tuesday morning at the Darien Community Association to help each other expand their businesses by exchanging referrals. To facilitate the referral process, chapters include only one member from each profession or business category. For more information, visit www.bnict.com
Heroes at Home is a program Sears Holdings has created in partnership with Rebuilding Together in response to an urgent need to assist military families facing hardship. Rebuilding Together, the nation's largest all volunteer home rehabilitation organization, is committed to bringing warmth, safety and accessibility to homeowners who do not have the financial or physical resources to complete home repairs and other necessary improvements.
By providing necessary repairs or adaptations to homes, Sears Holdings strives to improve the lives of military families across America. Heroes at Home is one of the many initiatives through which Sears Holdings acknowledges the sacrifice made by our troops every day in the line of duty, while supporting and honoring those heroes who remain at home. Donate to Rebuilding Together or refer a veteran who may need assistance.
Additional projects completed on National Rebuilding Day, April 30, by the local affiliate, Rebuilding Together Fairfield County, included work to 11 residences and two nonprofit locations, by approximately 350 volunteers. Homeowner and nonprofit applications are accepted throughout the year. Visit www.rebuildingfairfieldcounty.org or call 203-921-1792.