Community Involvement: Rebuilding Together

Community Involvement: Rebuilding Together

French Gerleman has partnered with Rebuilding Together for the past 13 years for their Rebuilding Day. Rebuilding Together is a nationwide volunteer organization with a St. Louis chapter, and the day is dedicated to rebuilding or fixing houses to improve the well-being of the homeowners.

Rebuilding Together has a great vetting process for homeowners, so that they can help those who need it most. They choose homeowners who love where they live, but aren’t able to address safety concerns around their house. Rebuilding Together often helps with the elderly, disabled or with low-income households.

The French Gerleman volunteers are assigned to a homeowner and given a list of projects to be completed on Rebuilding Day.  This year, we were assigned a home in Maryland Heights, MO, near our corporate headquarters, with a key goal to address a deck safety concern. Someone had previously tried to repair it, but failed to do so correctly. Since the volunteers are only available to be there in person for one day, there was a lot of preparation involved in the project.  This included drawing up plans for the deck and submitting it to city to make sure it met code ahead of Rebuilding Day.

In addition to rebuilding the deck, our volunteers replaced the basement sliding door with new waterproof French doors and cleanup the landscaping.

French Gerleman’s partnership with Rebuilding Together first started after a customer who was involved with the organization brought it up to one of our sales team members. They thought it was a great idea, so a couple of volunteers from French Gerleman went the first year, and it’s been growing ever since. This year there were 13 volunteers.

“It’s great when you finish up the project and the homeowner asks for a hug; they’re always so appreciative of the work we’re able to do for them,” says Bob Anderson, who was the House Captain for the project. “They are always such nice people, and we are able to come away from the project with some truly great experiences.”

You can learn more about Rebuilding Together on their website.


French Gerleman Donates to Sweet Celebrations

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ST. LOUIS, MO, November 20, 2014 – French Gerleman’s St. Louis team collected and donated 13 boxes of items to Sweet Celebrations, a volunteer organization that provides birthday parties to homeless children in the St. Louis area. The birthday parties include cake, ice cream, gifts, party games and goody bags.

The employees of French Gerleman collected a variety of items needed to execute the birthday parties including toys, gift wrap, party supplies and games. In addition to the items donated, French Gerleman provided a monetary donation. The Women’s Electric Board organized the drive within the local electrical industry community and seven women represented French Gerleman at their November 18 meeting to deliver the donation to Sweet Celebrations.

A division of the Electrical Board of Missouri and Illinois, the Women’s Electrical Board (WEB) is comprised of women from various segments in the electrical industry. It provides women the opportunity to meet others in the electrical industry and offers programs related to electrical, governmental and business issues.

About French Gerleman
French Gerleman is a leading regional supplier of profit-boosting automation, datacom, electrical, power transmission and safety products and services to the industrial, commercial and construction markets. A fifth generation, family owned business founded in 1923 and based in St. Louis, MO, French Gerleman has locations in Quincy, IL; Kansas City, KS; Columbia, MO; and Washington, MO. For more information, visit www.frenchgerleman.com.