St Paul has the chance to win the opportunity for HGTV to come to town and help three local improvement projects take flight through their new television program Change the World. Start at Home. Nine cities across the country are competing for life-transforming assistance – and viewers will decide through voting. Votes can be cast through December 21 at their website.

Click here to VOTE SAINT PAUL

According to the Historic Saint Paul website :

The Saint Paul projects feature a mix of historic preservation, community, education, and environmental improvement, including:

  • Helping a deserving family with an unfinished home renovation. After her husband passed away 18 months ago, Kris Nelson’s dreams of restoring their three-story Victorian era home were put on hold. She and her two sons hope to be able to complete their home with a help from HGTV, Rebuilding Together and the National Trust for Historic Preservation;
  • Transforming the grounds of the Wilder Recreation Center/City Academy. The WPA building was designed by Saint Paul City Architect Clarence (“Cap”) Wigington, the country’s first African American municipal architect. School administrators at City Academy building teach their students the importance of giving back to the community through volunteering and caring for the environment. Without a much-needed facelift, the growth of the school and neighboring community center is stunted by space and environmental limitations;
  • Restoring and interpreting the ecological and cultural resources in the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, a Mississippi River area open space just east of downtown Saint Paul that includes remnants of our industrial and indigenous history. Though the park has come a long way since its days as a contaminated rail yard, there is still much to be done and it remains a work in progress.

So make sure to cast your vote for local historic preservation by visiting HGTV and casting your vote. You can vote once a day!

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  1. RTTC December 12, 2007 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    I was just made aware of your posting of December 4 titled “Help St. Paul Win”.
    Rebuilding Together Twin Cities is pleased to have our projects nominated to be considered. We appreciate your support of our efforts.

    The activities for these projects are some examples of what we do to achieve our mission, which is “Bringing volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners.

    We will achieve our mission by creating partnerships among volunteers, communities and companies. Our focus is on low-income homeowners, who are elderly or disabled and families with children so they may live in warmth, safety and independence.”

    We will keep you posted on the results of the voting and hopefully advise you in January that our projects won.

    I would invite you and all of your readers to visit our website to gain an insight to the work that we do here in the Twin Cities as well as find out how to volunteer for our projects.

    Thank you for helping us in our efforts to be selected.

    Kathy Greiner
    Executive Director
    Rebuilding Together Twin Cities

  2. Jennifer Kirby December 12, 2007 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Kathy – I am honored that you stopped by my blog and took the time to comment. Historic homes are my passion and preserving them is important to me. I was thrilled to see St. Paul as one of the candidates and really hope we win. Thank you for taking on the mission of helping lower income homeowners.

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