Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Rebuilding Together - West San Gabriel Valley

I am raising money for Rebuilding Together - West San Gabriel Valley via the Los Angeles Marathon. My goal is to raise at least $500, and so far, I am a notch above $200.

I hope we are able to set up our PayPal account soon so I can obtain the donations more easily!

From the website I created for this cause:

Rebuilding Together is a nationwide network with 250 affiliates, fifteen of which are located in Southern California. Your pledge donation will encourage the entrant, and help Rebuilding Together repair and modify the houses of low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly or those with disabilities, so they can continue to live independently in warmth & safety, and with dignity.

Hello, everyone! I am fundraising for Rebuilding Together - West San Gabriel Valley, an organization that rehabilitates the homes of older families who are not able to do so themselves due to their age or health. On National Rebuild Day (the last Saturday in April), we gather to rebuild as many homes as we can afford throughout the West San Gabriel Valley. We did 4 homes last year and 13 the year before -- this means we are extremely dependent on our funding!

I have been involved with the group for over three years, and now I have the privilege of serving as a board member. It is amazing how a little work can go a long way. By simply installing some grab bars or a wheelchair-accessible ramp, debilitating falls or immoblization can be prevented, and the quality of life for seniors and their families is dramatically improved.

Please consider contributing to this cause by sponsoring me in the Los Angeles Marathon on March 2nd! The suggested donation is $1/mile (26.2 miles), but ANY amount is very much appreciated.

As you might know, I've been faithfully training for what will be my second marathon (FYI, my race count = marathons: 1, half-marathons: 7, <10k: 1). In addition to the weekday load, Sunday mornings are spent training for hours. As predicted, both my immunity and muscles are having their ups and downs, but I am VERY motivated! So short of anything very out of line, I WILL be crossing that finish line with you all spiritually with me!!!

For more information, please feel free to contract me. I have pledge forms in both hard (see me in person) and electronic forms (don't forget to note "West San Gabriel Valley" as the affiliate you wish to help). All donations are tax deductible.

Again, I genuinely appreciate your support, and I hope to soon return your generosity in some form (tech help, lunch dates, poetry, exercise companion, tidbits I'm learning in grad school... you name it -- I am serious about this).

One last thing: our National Rebuild Day is Saturday, April 26, 2008, 7:30 am. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact me!

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