ReBuild Waterbury’s mission is to help individuals and families in the Waterbury area who are in need of assistance to rebuild their homes from the disaster-caused effects of Tropical Storm Irene. ReBuild Waterbury is a program sponsored by Revitalizing Waterbury.
ReBuild Waterbury formed as a result of the devastating flooding from Tropical Storm Irene that occurred during the night and early morning of August 28-29, 2011. In the days after the storm, Waterbury Town and Village officials, together with hundreds of volunteers, worked tirelessly to respond to the immediate needs of the affected residents and business owners.
As the emergency needs for safety, food, shelter, clothing and community infrastructure were addressed, it became apparent that a long-term recovery effort would be required to provide assistance, particularly to homeowners. Town and village officials met with Revitalizing Waterbury members to identify a structure that could be created as quickly as possible.
From that outreach came ReBuild Waterbury, a long-term recovery project that functions under the auspices of Revitalizing Waterbury, an established 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. ReBuild Waterbury has its own Steering Committee separate from Revitalizing Waterbury’s Board of Directors and comprised of individuals with ties to the greater Waterbury area.