You’re Invited!

Rebuilding Together Minnesota is proudly celebrating our 25th year of repairing homes, revitalizing communities, and rebuilding lives! In honor of this milestone, we’re pleased to invite you to our 25th Anniversary Celebration Brunch at 11am on October 15th, at the Golden Valley Country Club! Registration is now open, and while the celebration is free to attend, we will need registrations to secure your spot as seating is limited. 

Whether you’ve been a long time contributor, or are brand new to the organization, we hope to see you there. In fact, we’re encouraging everyone to bring a colleague, friend, or family member who might not yet know about Rebuilding Together Minnesota. It’s a perfect opportunity to share what motivates you to contribute, while enjoying a festive brunch experience. 

Featuring a custom menu of savory and sweet options, a bloody mary & mimosa bar, door prizes, and more complete this brunch experience! More details will be revealed in upcoming newsletter features and on social media so keep looking to your inbox and reach out with questions you might have. Thank you so much for your part in making Rebuilding Together’s 25 years so impactful to our communities. We can’t wait to see you there!

Meet New Development Director Kim Peterson

We are thrilled to announce that Kim Peterson has joined our team as the Development Director! In this role, Kim is responsible for cultivating individual donors and sponsors, which includes planning and overseeing events and identifying new strategies to raise money.

With experiences in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors, Kim (she/her) develops big ideas and achieves ambitious goals through community-centered innovation. She is a skilled relationship manager energized by change and potential and is adept at developing long-term strategies, facilitating initiatives, and co-creating collaborative solutions. Drawing on her experiences as a performance artist, event producer, and community builder, Kim brings a focus on crafting engaging experiences that build authentic connections through the lens of justice and equity. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Texas Woman’s University, with her research focused on structural models for the funding of performing arts nonprofits.

Please join us in welcoming Kim to the Rebuilding Together Minnesota Team!

Welcome to Construction Coordinator Eduardo Cardenas

Please join us in welcoming our Construction Coordinator Eduardo Cardenas to our team! Eduardo will work with our Program Manager to plan and oversee projects, including previewing projects, developing the scopes of work, determining volunteer and contracted labor needs, supervising volunteers, performing repairs and accessibility modifications, and working to ensure that projects are completed within budget and time constraints.

Eduardo comes to Rebuilding Together with over 20 years of experience in home renovation and construction work and over 15 years of community engagement work with neighborhood councils, labor rights organizations and energy efficiency reform efforts. He is particularly excited to have the opportunity to work directly with folks to improve their homes because he recognizes that every house is special and vital to the wellbeing and happiness of those who call it home. Eduardo also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University and a Master of Fine Arts in Ecological Architecture from Vesper College.

Eduardo said, “My many years of construction experience, along with my background in art, sustainability, and mission-driven but budget-limited organizations, have helped me become incredibly good at coming up with creative solutions to logistics and building challenges in collaborative settings with diverse participants.”

Eduardo lives in South Minneapolis and loves to make special piñatas and Halloween costumes for his two young kids.

AmeriCorps Member Julia Bina’s Independent Service Project

Each AmeriCorps member is responsible for planning and implementing an Independent Service Project during their term of service, and Julia Bina recently completed her project. She invited women associated with the Rice Street Royalty Program to Rebuilding Together to take a brief class on the basics of construction and then build birdhouses and little free libraries to be donated to the Rice Street Community. The Rice Street Royalty Program is a local community ambassador program whose mission is to empower women through community leadership. Each year, women participate in the program’s candidate experience in which they engage in service projects, community events, and professional development. At the end of candidacy, three women are selected to represent the program for one year as Rice Street Royalty Queen and Princesses. Julia had the three current royal ladies, eight candidates, and two of this year’s judges participate in her event. The group made 12 birdhouses and two little free libraries that will be installed/donated to the community. Thank you to Julia for putting together this great project and to the Rice Street Royalty Program for volunteering their time!