Rebuilding Together Litchfield County recently coordinated dozens of volunteers to work on homes in Litchfield County.

The organization, part of a national nonprofit, focuses on home renovations to ensure elderly homeowners have safe, healthy environments.

This year, the local group focused on homes in New Milford, Sherman, New Preston and Washington Depot for Rebuild Day.

Scheduled work included attic and basement clean- outs, electrical repair, carpentry, windows, doors and chimney repairs.

Skilled craftsmen are assisted by volunteers to complete work at each home.

Sears contributed $10,000 in grant funding for a resident of Sherman who needed a new roof, basement and attic clean-outs, sheet rock and interior painting.

The New Fairfield Congregational Church Youth Group members were among the many volunteers who spent two Saturdays working on this project.

The 89-year-old resident was connected to Rebuilding through the local senior center.

He was a widower with over 50 years’ worth of accumulation in his attic.

He needed a new roof, and new sheet rock, taping and painting work inside.

Volunteers from Rebuilding and the New Fairfield Congregational Church donned special Sears T-shirts and gave up several weekends to get all the work done.

The goal of Rebuilding Together is to make homes safe, dry and healthy for low-income or disabled older homeowners.

The Litchfield County group has worked on over 200 homes in the county, sometimes returning to accomplish projects the next year.

The national group has nearly 100,000 volunteers and complete roughly 10,000 projects nationally.

For information about Rebuilding Together Litchfield County, visit

rebuildingtogetherlitchfield.org.