Clubs and Organizations
November 12, 2014
ALEXANDRIA, VA Three outstanding volunteer partners recently received Raise the Roof Awards from Rebuilding Together Alexandria, a volunteer-based nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize the Alexandria community by providing free home repairs. With the help of funders and dedicated volunteers, Rebuilding Together Alexandria provides free home repairs and modifications to ensure that low-income Alexandria homeowners live in safe and healthy homes.
"These volunteers are the glue that keeps our community strong. Many of our neighbors struggle to maintain their homes due to costs or physical issues. Through the efforts of these outstanding partners, more Alexandrians are remaining in their homes and living safely in them," explained Katharine Dixon, president and CEO, Rebuilding Together Alexandria.
Brent Crabtee, a research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses in the Operations Evaluation Division and retired Army officer, was recognized as Rebuilding Together Alexandria's Volunteer of the Year. As a long-time, year round volunteer, Bill Kehoe, an Alexandria volunteer firefighter, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, Rebuilding Together gave Wells Fargo its Philanthropic Corporation of the Year award. Details on each winner follow.
Volunteer of the Year: Brent Crabtree
Brent Crabtree is a Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) in the Operations Evaluation Division. Prior to joining IDA in 1999, Crabtree completed a 26-year career in the Army. His education includes an undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy and graduate degrees in civil engineering and operations research from Stanford University. Brent and his wife Martha have lived in Burke, Virginia since 1990 when they moved here with their two boys, Tim and Dan. Invited by an IDA colleague to assist with a Rebuilding Together Alexandria project in the spring of 2010, and quickly realized that the organization's vision complemented his inherited penchant for working with hand tools. Crabtree continues to seek additional opportunities to assist Rebuilding Together Alexandria clients with home repairs and joined the nonprofit's "Mod Squad."
Lifetime Achievement: Bill Kehoe
Bill Kehoe is a volunteer Fire Fighter with the Alexandria Fire Department and Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Whenever there is an emergency, Kehoe is there helping out. He was a first responder to the 9/11 crash and spent three days assisting in the EOC. Kehoe is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He volunteers regularly with Rebuilding Together Alexandria. He typically coordinates the activities of two or three volunteer crews who work on individual projects. Kehoe lives in Alexandria with his wife Mary.
Philanthropic Corporation of the Year: Wells Fargo
Through its corporate giving and committed base of employee volunteers, Wells Fargo has provided tremendous support and resources to making Rebuilding Together Alexandria's work a success for the community. Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.6 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy.
About Rebuilding Together Alexandria
Rebuilding Together Alexandria is an award winning, non-profit dedicated to repairing homes for homeowners in need and to revitalizing communities. Over the last 28 years, Rebuilding Together Alexandria has received support and donations from thousands of volunteers and groups to provide free home repairs. To date, in-kind donations of labor and materials have resulted in $6.7 million worth of value on more than 1,700 properties. To learn more, visit www.RebuildingTogetherAlex.org or call 703-836-1021.