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BP TAKES CENTER STAGE AT NATIONAL REBUILDING TOGETHER MONTH IN HOUSTON

HOUSTON – As National Rebuilding Together Month gets underway in April, BP is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its partnership with Rebuilding Together Houston, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of low-income homeowners in the region.

After five crews consisting of more than 150 workers complete their efforts this weekend in the Trinity Gardens neighborhood in northeast Houston, BP volunteers will have rebuilt, renovated and refurbished 416 homes in the greater Houston area for low-income senior citizens, veterans and the physically impaired.

“Rebuilding Together Houston has an incredible impact on the lives of thousands of Houstonians,” said Darryl Willis, BP vice president of reservoir development and RTH board member. “BP is honored to partner with them as part of our commitment to giving back to the communities where we live and work.”

Ed Price, a senior petro-technologist with BP who manages the company’s partnership with RTH, added: “These projects not only help those in need in our community, they highlight the importance of teamwork in our own organization and make a big difference in the lives of our employees and volunteers.”

Price has volunteered with RTH for more than 20 years, overseeing the planning for many of these projects, which can include building wheelchair ramps and porches, window and door replacement, siding and trim repairs, scraping, caulking and painting.

Now in its 33rd year, Rebuilding Together Houston enlists an army of dedicated volunteers each spring and fall to help improve the lives of low-income homeowners in need by improving their homes. Hundreds of dedicated volunteers from the city’s most charitable corporations, congregations and community organizations will join together on Saturday, April 5, to provide repairs and revitalize many of the city’s historic neighborhoods.

“As the baby boom generation continues to age into retirement, most want to remain in the homes for which they worked and saved, and in which most raised their families,” says Jim Soller, RTH’s executive director. “For those on low or fixed income, upkeep and repair can be problematic and that’s where Houston’s most caring volunteers join with Rebuilding Together to provide a safe, warm, dry and healthy home for those in need. Thanks to caring volunteer crews from BP, Camden, Home Depot, Second Baptist Church, Texas Air National Guard and many others, our neighbors can age in place with dignity, comfort and safety.”


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