The Eric Factor: “Rebuilding Together” helps families stay in their homes

On Saturday evening, I had the opportunity to volunteer for Rebuilding Together Quad Cities' annual trivia event. While I was just the "geek," the real work was done by volunteers behind the scenes. And this was just one event to raise funds for a fantastic campaign. More than $2,000 was brought in and will go directly back to our community.

I think of "RTQC" very similarly to Habitat for Humanity, which does fantastic things as well. But instead of building new homes, RTQC helps low-income families stay in their homes. It's all-too-common to have families that struggle to find good food for meals, clothes for the kids, and gifts for Christmastime. What's often left on the back burner are the needs of the home. Gutters fall down, sidewalks crack, trees overgrow, and roofs get leaky. For families living month-by-month, it may be impossible to ever get to these big projects.

That's where RTQC comes in. Volunteers participate in events several times per year to help rebuild these homes. And when you think about it, it also helps improve Quad City neighborhoods!

If you would like to volunteer or are someone in need, click here.

Many thanks to Carollyn Gehrke for the invitation to be a part this year. Keep tabs on their website for the next event. I think I can speak for her, we love seeing new faces and the collective effort to "Rebuild Together!"

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen