Home Builders Care of Rutherford County (HBCRC) is a charitable foundation of the Rutherford County Home Builders Association. Its mission is to encourage and support careers for Rutherford County youth enrolled in residential construction trades programs.

Scholarships are offered annually, and awarded in May each year, to Rutherford County students enrolled in Middle Tennessee State University’s Construction Management & Land Development program. The foundation also supports and promotes the Student Chapter of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) by helping send the student’s Marathon team to the national competition.

In 2008, HBCRC, in conjunction with the John Floyd Foundation, partnered with Oakland High School to provide a building to house a Masonry Trades program.

In addition, the foundation is best known for its annual support of the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. Since 2005, the HBCRC has helped provide Christmas gifts for thousands of needy Rutherford County children.

HBCRC is affiliated with NAHB Cares which encompasses the philosophy of community outreach activities conducted by builders and home builder associations across the nation. Each year, the home building industry contributes millions of dollars in cash, building materials, supplies, and countless volunteer hours to community charities through local community service projects.

Even in the face of the continuing economic downturn, home builders around the country are putting aside their challenges to help less fortunate members of their communities. Through their selfless acts of charity every day across the country, NAHB’s members are doing everything in their power to help others and preserve the American Dream of homeownership for those who are less fortunate.

In addition to local community projects, NAHB has a long history of helping in times of need. In response to Hurricane Katrina, NAHB, through the National Housing Endowment, established a relief fund to aid victims in the Gulf Coast states. A fund was also established after the December 2004 tsunami struck South Asia. NAHB partnered with Shelter for Life International and Habitat for Humanity International to build homes and establish a Disaster Response Technical Center in the region.

Another example was the creation of the Home Builders Care Victims’ Relief Fund in 2001 for the victims and families of the terrorist attacks of September 11. Within five months of establishing the fund, 5,000 members of the home building industry contributed $9.8 million, which has been distributed to victims and their families.

The Home Builders Industry Disaster Relief Fund was created by NAHB as a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization to assist areas affected by disaster in order to facilitate the rebuilding of communities.

In these and so many more behind-the-scenes ways, Home Builders Care! To volunteer your support or for more information, contact the RCHBA office at 615-890-6565, or email rchba@rchba.info.