A Charity That Begins At Home With Homes

As many times as I've interviewed my favorite Bachelor, Colorado snowboarder Jesse Csinscak on the phone, I only got to meet and hang out with him in person tonight (photo here).

Jesse was in Denver to help kick off the new season of Denver's Rebuilding Together, an organization of volunteers that renovates homes for low-income disabled and elderly residents at no charge to them.

On Saturday, another 500 volunteers will fan out in cities across the metro area to help 25 other families stay in their homes too. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Denver's Rebuilding Together is one of the nation's largest volunteer-based home-repair organizations, with chapters in 43 states.


Since its inception, the Metro Denver chapter's volunteers and sponsors have rehabilitated 1,000 homes throughout the city for low-income and disabled seniors — at no cost to these clients. Each year, volunteers complete more than $1 million in repairs and modifications.

The organization is backed by Denver Bronco alumni -- also on hand and participating tonight were Tyrone Braxton, Dave Preston and Willie Oshodin.

Learn how to patch drywall, enjoy appetizers and the good company of other volunteers as we honor some outstanding supporters from 2008 and we expect a special guest this year, Jesse Csinscak, the winner of The Bachelorette in 2008! There is no charge to attend, but there will be a cash bar. Space is limited so be sure to RSVP now.

The event, at the Loews Georgio hotel, was filled and they offered Jesse up for photos in exchange for a donation. (Our photo wasn't one of those.) He doesn't get paid for any of this, it's just his way of giving back. I knew there was a reason I like him so much.

We dished about the Bachelor/Bachelorette, past and present, snowboarding, and life in general. His friend Chris, a snowboard coach in Maine, was also on-hand.

Jesse's single again (post-Deanna and post-Holly) -- I really hope they make him the next Bachelor.

If you'd like to volunteer, donate or know someone that could use help with home renovations, go here.

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    This sounds like a great program (none / 0) (#1)
    by nycstray on Fri Apr 17, 2009 at 12:14:17 AM EST
    nice pic!  :)

    I've done this (none / 0) (#2)
    by sj on Fri Apr 17, 2009 at 10:13:00 AM EST
    It was quite a few years ago and I have no idea if it was through Rebuilding Together.  It was a great experience.  Really, really satisfying.  I kind of wanted to this sort of thing again, but I guess I was waiting for the opportunity to fall into my lap or something.

    I wonder if Baltimore has something similar.  Surely they do.