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May 8, 2019
Community involvement

For 20 years, the sound of hammers nailing and the smell of paint have filled the air on our sites. Workers have chatted and laughed, connecting as they worked toward making the structure stronger. 

I'm not talking about a multi-million-dollar job at a hospital or university. Over the last two decades, Pepper Indiana has been a devoted founding partner to Rebuilding Together Indianapolis, an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, the leading national nonprofit organization with a mission to repair the homes of people in need and revitalize our communities. Rebuilding Together Indianapolis assists, without charge, homeowners who due to physical limitations or low income are struggling to make much needed repairs on their own.

Volunteering for Rebuilding Together Indianapolis

This year's efforts began with the help of skilled labor provided by the Indiana Union Construction Industry during Union Build Day on April 13. Pepper Project Engineer Anthony White served as House Captain and led a team of skilled trade workers and volunteers from the drywall division of Pepper's Self Perform Group during the Build Day.  

Jayson Watt, Pepper Indiana quality manager and Rebuilding Together board president, addresses Rebuilding Together volunteers
Jayson Watt, Pepper Indiana quality manager and Rebuilding Together board president, addresses 2019 volunteers.

Cut to two weeks later, and another large group of Pepper volunteers showed up on the Spring Rebuild Day on April 27 and completed the transformation of the home. Pepper values truly shined as leaders in our community and providing the ultimate experience for those we help through Rebuilding Together.        

Our project this year was one of nine homes in the Twin Aire neighborhood that Rebuilding Together assisted in repairing that Saturday as part of National Rebuilding Month and National Rebuilding Day. 

As the Rebuilding Together Indianapolis board president, I'm honored to be part of an organization that has committed to helping more than 400 individual homeowners live in a safe and healthy environment over the past 20 years.

Rebuilding Together Indianapolis' anniversary celebration will continue on Aug. 15 by honoring our house captains, volunteer coordinators, sponsors and everyone who has participated. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration!  

About the Author

Jason Watt

Jayson WattQuality Manager

Jayson Watt recently joined Pepper Construction with more than 20 years in the civil engineering industry. He holds numerous certifications in civil engineering, including American Public Works Association (APWA) Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector (CPII) and American Concrete Institute (ACI) Concrete Construction Special Inspector (CCSI), Field Testing Technician - Grade 1 and Concrete Strength Testing Technician. He is also certified by the US Army Core of Engineers (USACE) as a Construction Quality Manager (CQM). Jayson has served as board president and on the executive board of directors for Rebuilding Together of Indianapolis since 2015, and he is a past board member of Construction Managers Association of America (CMAA). Additional certifications include NHI – Certified Bridge Safety Inspector; INDOT Quality Control - Materials and Testing – Concrete, Hot Mix Asphalt; INDOT Certified Technician – Concrete Paving, Bridge Construction and Deck Repair, Hot Mix Asphalt, Construction Procedures 1 & 2; IWEA – Certified Construction Inspector; NICET – Road and Bridge; NASSCO – Pipeline Assessment Certified (PACP); as well as Safety, Stormwater, Earthwork, Water, Wastewater.