Let's Start Rebuilding Together

Thank you for visiting my fundraising site. My name is Cindy Slagter Spackman and I'm incredibly excited to embark upon a new chapter in my life as a social worker and community advocate. As many of you know, I've spent the past 9 ½ years in Sacramento, California. During this time, I've been fortunate enough to work with an amazing team at Rebuilding Together Sacramento. I've had the chance to gain experience in a multitude of roles within the organization and most recently, have been the Program and Development Director for five years.
2013 has presented itself as a year to create some change and take the next step towards growing and developing in an area I'm passionate about. Having a home is one of life's most important needs. Having a safe and healthy home has a direct relationship to quality of life. My mission is to start an affiliate of Rebuilding Together in Austin, Texas where we can continue the organization's goal to provide assistance in improving homes and lives of those in need through free home repairs provided by volunteers.
I have been traveling to Austin, at least annually, for the past 9 years. Over time, I have developed an affinity for the community and surrounding areas. I have initiated conversations with key stakeholders within the housing community and Rebuilding Together national to confirm that there is, indeed, both a need and interest in having an affiliate presence in Austin.
The purpose of this fundraising site is to initiate the process of starting an affiliate. My target of $38,500 includes the following:
§ Relocation costs from Sacramento to Austin
§ Registration fees for Experience Austin Leadership program.
§ This program will further assist my preliminary networking efforts as well as provide the foundation for me to better understand our proposed service area and surrounding communities.
§ First 4 months of salary
§ Initial office setup costs (computer, software, office supplies)

I have a high-level project timeline with deliverables that I'm happy to share, should you be interested.
I sincerely thank you for both your time and consideration of my fundraising request. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or if I can provide you with any additional information.
I am ready: so Let's Start Rebuilding Together!

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Cindy Slagter Spackman 
Sacramento, CA
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