Makeover: Home Edition, an ABC show, is coming to Buffalo this weekend, and will
announce the name of the lucky family who will receive a whole new house on
Saturday, November 7th. Word from our man behind the construction
scenes is that with 700 volunteers asked for, an estimate of 2,500 showed at the Rich Products Atrium for on October 30th (above), with
AmeriCorps taking the lead.
On the front
end of this endeavor, Buffalo ReUse (Program Director Michael Gainer, below) has been chosen to deconstruct and salvage
the home that family currently occupies, but with less than 20 hours to do so! For
this reason, they put out a call to volunteers.
ReUse will begin deconstruction on Sunday, November 8th, the
day after the announcement. They’re calling for volunteers on Sunday from about
10am until midnight, but the greatest need will be from 10am-4pm. According to
an email from Buffalo ReUse Director of Community Programs Cassandra Seawell: You do not have to volunteer
for the entire time of a shift, but please indicate which shift you will be
available during (Day crew: 10-4PM , Evening crew: 4-10PM, Late
night crew: 10PM – until…
Buffalo ReUse via email by WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4th! Experience
not required, but you will have to come prepared to work hard and get dirty!
If you want
to help, but can’t this weekend, worry not; there will be plenty of opportunity through “painting, landscaping
or schlepping appliances.” Amazingly, the family will return to their property,
complete with brand new home, the following weekend. This follow-up work will be conducted by David Homes, the
chosen contractor, and volunteers can sign up with them here.
says, “Be a part of this exciting and unique opportunity to promote green
All images: Joe Cascio