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Written By Larry J. Mickartz S aturday, October 27 was a day to be proud of the great communities we live in. On that day, Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley set out to trans- form twenty-one homes and three nonprofits. Over 700 volunteers stepped up and made our valley a better place to be. As part of the project, South County Rotary Clubs took on two local projects for Rebuilding Together. In Morgan Hill, Morgan Hill Rotary members repaired one home and another home was sponsored by the Republic Family of Companies, builders of the Sunsweet Project in Morgan Hill. In Gilroy the Gilroy Rotary organized a group of Area Six Rotary Clubs to repair two homes. Rotary Area Six is comprised of the noon and morning Gilroy Rotary Clubs, the Morgan Hill Club, the Almaden Club, the Hollister Club and the San Juan Bautista Club. Every year one of the Area Six clubs hosts an area service project. In 2018 the Area Six project was done in conjunction with the Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley Fall project day. Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. For over 25 years, the non-profit organization has provided critical repairs and accessibility modifications for low-income homeowners (primarily seniors, individuals with disabilities, and families with children) and nonprofit community organizations. Each year, more than 2,000 volunteers gather to transform homes and lives by improving the safety and health of homes and revitalizing communities. All work is provided at no cost to the recipient, with materials provided through donations and funds from area businesses, organizations, government and private individuals. Since its inception, over 32,000 local volunteers have helped Rebuilding Together to improve over 3,000 homes and facilities in the local community. Local Rotary Clubs are part of Rotary International whose mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. Each Rotary Club takes on a variety of local, national and international service projects to advance this mission of Rotary International. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN december 2018-january 2019 99