Archive for June, 2013

What Little Girl Doesn’t Love A Pink Room

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Last Sunday, while some of us were volunteering at Israel@65, a group of 12 volunteers from Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation went to the Weaver’s home in Michigan Park. Robin Renner, Yachad’s construction manager, led the group, along with Audrey Lyon, our executive director.

Volunteers were all over the house, working with the Weaver family to remove carpeting, move furniture and paint. A lucky grand-daughter now has a bright pink room, though several left the project with rainbow colored hair.

A huge thanks to everyone who worked and supported this project. Mrs. Weaver called us today to say how very grateful she is for all the work we have done. It has been a pleasure working with this family and we hope all of our volunteers enjoyed giving back to their community.

Just In Case You Thought Yachad United Didn’t Have It “Together” …

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

… we just volunteered at the YJPN Jewnity Beer and Wine Garden, a part of this past Sunday’s Israel@65 event. The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington transformed Union Market into an Israeli food, wine, and music festival to celebrate Israel’s 65th birthday. The event was a huge hit – with about 10,000 attendees of all ages and backgrounds.

Amanda and Dina represented Yachad at the event

Detectors, Drywall, and Diplomas

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

This past Sunday, we held the third Homeowners Education Workshop of the
semester. The topic was Keeping a Safe, Healthy and Functioning Home. 15
homeowners attended.

Robin Renner, one of Yachad’s Construction Managers gave an interactive
lecture about DIY homeownership. She covered a slew of topics ranging from
preventive home repair, how to hire a trustworthy contractor, to hands-on
repairs. The homeowners particularly enjoyed learning how to repair
drywall and how to caulk.

Robin teaches a homeowner how to patch drywall

Homeowners practicing caulking and patching

A group of local firefighters from Engine 10 followed Robin with a talk
about fire safety. They focused on preventative measures we can all take to
avoid fires in our homes. The list of services that DC firefighters provide
our community can be found here.

The afternoon finished with a graduation ceremony for three homeowners for
their completed 9 hours of workshops with Yachad covering topics from
budgeting to community involvement to home maintenance and safety. They all received a Certificate of Completion, work gloves and a playful piggy bank. We hope to stay in touch with all of our graduates and wish them the very best.

Special thanks to STRIVE DC for letting us hold the workshop in their classroom.