Meeting Rebuilding Together Richmond
Last Monday I got to meet with representatives of RTR, and quite a meeting it was. I was very pleased with how friendly and informative they were (a quality that made my job much easier). The hour I spent with them gave me a better idea of what our objectives will be for this client and how to accomplish them. If any readers are interested in working on this project for the big day, I will say that this cause is definitely worth the work. RTR is a group that is VERY passionate about what they do. The good they do in the community and the positive reactions from the selected homeowners shine a light on how big the heart of this organization is.
During our meeting, we talked a lot about the essential elements of the project. The bulk of the work will be focused on the redesign of their web page. This will involve updating the site to a level of functionality that is supported by all web browsers and making it easy to manage for the organization. A general change to the content of the website will take place, but this is more of an addition to existing information about the group. Because RTR is a non-profit organization with no government funding, they have not had the opportunity to properly show their full vision. Many people think that the only work done by RTR takes place during the blitz build day in April. This, of course, is not the case. The year-long efforts of the organization will be made more apparent to their audience by the end of this project. Another popular misconception is that RTR only wants to take on larger jobs for big volunteer groups. They are currently trying to push smaller, partner builds where less volunteers are used and people with fewer damages still get the help they need. This is just a couple of the elements of RTR that our work will bring into the spotlight.
The best part of our meeting was getting the chance to see testimonial videos of certain homeowners from past builds. Not only was this footage well shot and edited, it showcased the importance of RTR in its rawest form: the emotional response from the person receiving help. Seeing just one of those videos was enough to get me amped about working for this client. Their mission to focus on existing members of the community as opposed to building new homes is something I really dig. It’s too often that you can drive through a new neighborhood that is stocked with empty, fresh-built homes. Bringing people together to keep communities together sounds like a way better purpose than ignoring existing people to attract prospective people. Simply put, RTR is a super-awesome-amazing organization and I am way excited to be working with them. Good times ahead.