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Rebuilding Together to hold community project day on October 3

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Rebuilding Together Duneland is planning to host a day of community projects offering assistance with cleanup, painting, and outdoor improvements on Sunday, Oct. 3.

“The service provided by our family of volunteers remains vital to our Duneland community,” Volunteer Coordinator Melissa Jaeger said. “In uncertain times, we find an even greater need to love our neighbors. Please consider volunteering on Oct. 3 if you feel safe participating at this time in helping others on an outdoor community project.”

Volunteers will be able to choose a local park or community center to work at in an outdoor setting. The 2020 community project sites: Chesterton Art Center; Coffee Creek Watershed; 4th Street Theater; Coffee Creek Park; Town of Porter/Hawthorne Park; and the Art Barn School of Art.

Community volunteers will report directly to their assigned site on Work Day and individually wrapped lunches, snacks, and water will be delivered on site for all volunteers. Each volunteer will receive a Rebuilding Together Duneland mask.

“Masks are being provided due to the likelihood that social-distancing cannot be maintained by all volunteers at all times,” Rebuilding Together said. “Social distancing measures will reflect the State of Indiana and Porter County re-opening plans for outdoor events.”

Rebuilding Together Duneland will support homeowners this year by sending skilled contractors only to sites. Homeowners may be relocated while skilled volunteers work within their homes. No general volunteers will be assigned to home sites.

“We are looking forward to helping homeowners again this year with a slightly new game plan,” Rebuilding Together Duneland President Heather Compton said. “We are going to take outside projects only on homes while keeping the health and safety of our homeowners and volunteers a top priority. Our goal is always for residents to be warm, safe, and dry and we can still accomplish our mission with a new approach this year.”

Those unable to volunteer this year may still make a donation at by clicking the “Donations” tab.

Prospective volunteers are asked to complete a brief survey about their interests in order to plan for the Oct. 3 Work Day. “We understand that your ability to volunteer and the opportunity to host a Work Day will remain uncertain.”

Complete the survey at

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Posted 7/31/2020




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