The group of young professionals has spent the last two months fundraising over $3,000 to sponsor the repairs needed to a Trinidad row house, home to two local DC mothers. Run much like a fundraising walk or run, each Yachad Uniter, as they are called, asked their friends and family to sponsor their efforts. With the funds raised, Yachad was able to pay for the professional work needed on the home such as roof repairs, drywall repairs and plumbing repairs. Now, this Sunday, the group will finish up the repairs needed such as painting and doing small carpentry tasks. Accessibility modifications will also be made in the home which is sponsored by The National Fair Housing Alliance.
“I was a bit nervous to inform my mom that I wouldn’t be spending the day with her, but then I realized that giving back is something that she instilled in me from birth. There’s no better way to honor her on this day” said Jason Kastner, Yachad Board Member and co-leader of Yachad United. Jason will be joined by about 30 other Yachad Uniters and they will be working side-by-side with the homeowners and their family. “We can’t wait to roll up our sleeves and work alongside these wonderful volunteers. This is the best Mother’s Day we could ask for,” said one of the homeowners.
Yachad, which means ‘together’ in Hebrew, encourages partnership between volunteer and homeowner. “Yachad brings people together through good work. How better to make our communities stronger than to work together to repair them,” says Alexandra Barnett, Yachad Board member and co-leader of Yachad United. Together they will be, and after the home repair, the entire group and the family will celebrate down the street at the H Street Country Club, sponsored by Goose Island 312.