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OKLAHOMA – Thousands are coming together to help rebuild homes for those who are living on fixed or low-income.

More than 1,200 volunteers with the nonprofit Rebuilding Together OKC will help repair and update the homes of more than 30 senior Oklahoma City homeowners living on a fixed or low-income. Volunteers include individuals and teams from local businesses, churches, hospitals and other organizations.

Volunteers will be making home repairs, organizing spaces, replacing windows and doors, painting interior and exterior walls and installing safety and accessibility devices in homes of elderly residents.

Many seniors living on a fixed income cannot afford to make the necessary repairs to keep their homes safe. Years of deferred maintenance can lead to major problems that impact the health of the homeowner.

Rebuilding Together OKC brings volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income, elderly homeowners in the Oklahoma City metro area. Since 1992, approximately 50,000 volunteers have helped Rebuilding Together OKC update and refurbish more than 2,000 homes, 30 non-profit facilities and eight public school buildings – a value of more than $20 million to the communities they serve. In 2014, more than 250 homes are scheduled to receive improvements and renovations, making the houses safe, warm and dry for the families who call them home.

In addition to Rebuilding Day, the organization makes home repairs and installs safety and accessibility devices like grab bars and wheel chair ramps throughout the year. Volunteers are needed year-round.