Make a Difference Day 2013: Eugene Connor (Long Beach, CA)


  • Paint exterior of house and fence

The Story

Mr. Connor, an 83-year old widower, has spent the years since his retirement in 1985 as a volunteer and supporter of 14 agencies in Long Beach, volunteering more than 1,100 hours annually. In 2002, the City of Long Beach honored his many years of service through a memorial plaque, which is prominently displayed in Rainbow Harbor. In addition to his many years in the civilian workforce, Mr. Connor served in the U.S. Navy, beginning as a corpsman in San Diego in 1949. Now his son and daughter-in-law share his two-story home; the daughter-in-law, a CNA, helps to care for him.

RTLB began work on Mr. Connor's residence on National Rebuilding Day 2013, work that was funded in part through an award from a Sear's Heroes at Home grant. Since that grant was not sufficient to cover all the work this 69-year old home required, RTLB applied for another grant for Make a Difference Day - and we were delighted to be awarded funds sufficient to paint both stories of the exterior of Mr. Connor's home and the fence as well. Mr. Connor, his son, and his daughter-in-law are most gratified that their home is safe, secure, healthy, and attractive – and plan to spend the near future "resting easy".

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