Archive for June, 2011

We’re Hiring…Join Our Team!

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Part-Time Construction Manager Position

Job Description:
Yachad, a DC based housing nonprofit, is seeking a part-time construction supervisor. The person must be able to plan and supervise unskilled volunteers at various work sites as well as conduct inspections of homes throughout the DC area, evaluating electrical, plumbing, and other construction issues. Compensation is on an hourly basis, commensurate with experience. The position offers between 20-25 hours of work a month.

• Candidate should have requisite skills in the construction trades such as, carpentry, electrical, plumbing and drywall.
• Must be able to work on Sundays and some federal holidays.
• Candidate should have requisite skills to inspect potential project sites and prepare reports and budgets detailing the needed work.
• Experience working in social work or with low-income populations is a plus.
• Candidates will have experience in the construction field. Having an active DC, MD or VA contractor’s license is a plus.
• Candidate must have a valid Driver’s License and a car. A truck or van is a plus.

About Yachad:
Yachad, means together in Hebrew, is a District of Columbia nonprofit organization that mobilizes the resources—technical, financial and human—from the larger community to revitalize lower income neighborhoods throughout the District of Columbia and the greater metropolitan area. We do this by engaging volunteers, both skilled and unskilled, who repair and renovate homes, community spaces, and commercial property. Our work serves to encourage understanding between communities that are so often disconnected. Yachad is motivated in our cause by the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam—repairing the world.

Submit resume and work-related experience to:
Audrey Lyon, Executive Director

Community Builders Bash Honoree Hosts a Mitzvah Party

Monday, June 27th, 2011

This years Community Builders Bash honoree, Nancy Taylor Bubes, hosted a Mitzvah Party this Sunday and it was a great success. Nancy and ten of her friends and family members sanded and painted the home of Ms. Connie Mobley of Anacostia, DC. Ms. Mobley has been living in her home for nearly 30 years and has been an active community member forever. In fact, she used to volunteer on projects similar to Yachad’s, fixing up the homes of her neighbors. Sunday was a day of karma for Ms. Mobley as Nancy and her friends made her house a home again. See pictures of the day including those that captured the moments of true togetherness, with Nancy and Ms. Mobley working side-by-side. Now that’s a Yachad moment!

We Ramped it Up!

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Friday marked the last day for the Ramp it Up! 2011 program. We had about 25 local teens come together on two sites in Prince George’s County to build access ramps for low-income, disabled homeowners. The local teens learned construction skills and about affordable housing and accessibility issues. The ramps were built for a seven-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and another was built for a disabled mother and her disabled, adult daughter. Check out photos from the week below and also see the great coverage we got on ABC news. Want to learn more about the program, click here.

The projects were sponsored in part by JYPI and the National Fair Housing Alliance.

Much thanks to donated services from Century Associates, Michael Holt/Architects, Snider and Associates, Studio: CrowleyHall PLLC, Tenleytown Trash, and TW Perry.

ABC News story about Yachad’s Ramp it Up! 2011

“Lots of Shvitzing” Great News Coverage

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Yachad got some great news coverage yesterday.  Check out the article and the news video.

Nancy Taylor Bubes, Yachad Honoree, Sponsors a Mitzvah Party

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

This Sunday, Nancy Taylor Bubes, long-time Yachad supporter and this year’s honoree for Yachad’s Annual Community Builders Bash, will be gathering with her friends and family to repair the home of Ms. Constance Mobley of Southeast, DC through Yachad’s Mitzvah Party program.  Ms. Mobley is a senior and an active member of her community.  She volunteers every Friday with other seniors in the area and, as she told Taylor Bubes this morning at a house visit, “Youth and seniors are my heart.”  With the help of Yachad and Taylor Bubes, Ms. Mobley is finally “feeling the karma,” as she put it.  This Sunday Taylor Bubes’s friends and family will be tearing down old wallpaper, painting walls and ceilings, and plastering and patching throughout the home.  This volunteer work day will be the last of two since the spring.  In April, Yachad repaired Ms. Mobley’s roof and renovated her kitchen with the assistance of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Synagogue through the Sukkot in Spring program.

Taylor Bubes is thrilled to be helping such a wonderful woman and activist in her community.  The two women bonded this morning over family (Taylor Bubes brought her oldest son with her on the house visit), and community service.  More bonding is sure to happen this Sunday.  See pictures below. If you are a friend of Nancy Taylor Bubes and want to join her Mitzvah Party, please email her directly.

Nats Lose but Yachad Wins

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

On Sunday, June 19th, sixty of Yachad’s volunteers gathered to watch the two home teams, the O’s and the Nats, battle each other at National Stadium.  The day was a gift from Yachad to our volunteers as a way of saying thank you.  The tickets were a donation from the Nationals.  Check out some photos from the day here.

Change in a Day This Sunday

Friday, June 10th, 2011

WHO:  Calling all volunteers. 

WHAT: Yachad’s Mitzvah* Day

You will be helping Yachad renovate an affordable housing building in Northeast Washington.  Painting, cleaning, small carpentry jobs.

WHERE: 2nd Street Coop near Ft. Totten Metro

WHEN: Sunday, June 26th (10am-1pm or 1pm-4pm)

WHY: “If not now, when?  If not us, who?”

HOW:  Sign up here today!

Root, root, root for the hometeam!

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

The Nats vs. O’s tickets came today in the mail for the game on June 19th. Yachad is taking all of our wonderful volunteers out to Nats stadium as a way to say thanks! Want to join us? Mention @YachadDC on twitter or FB and you could win a pair of tix!

A Picture Says a 1000 Words

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

On Monday, May 30th, 25 Yachad volunteers gathered to repair four units of affordable housing in the 2nd Street Apartments in upper Northeast. Check out the fantastic photos shot by Reed Sandridge of A Year of Giving fame. Special thanks to everyone who sacrificed their day off to do something really meaningful. Volunteers, feel free to comment below about your experiences.

Want to know more about We the People, and sign up for the next holiday? Check it out here.