May 14, 2019 6:30:00 AM EDT  |  Culture  |  Philanthropy

2019 National Day of Rebuilding

rebuilding 2On Saturday, April 27th, Markon Cares had about 20 volunteers come out to NE DC to help the Jackson family and their home! This early-1900's home had seen a fair bit of water damage from the roof and around the foundation. Rebuilding Together repaired the roof and routed the gutters away from the foundation, but there was ample work for us to do.

Our Yard Work Committee, led by Robert Navaraez, Vincent Bruce, Julie Swiatek, and Juliana Lee made a stunning difference by pulling weeds, re-setting bricks, and digging trenches to hide gutter extensions that run through the yard. Their toil changed the look of the exterior of the home incredibly!

Inside, teams tackled the kitchen, bath, living, and family rooms. They patched damaged walls, scraped and sanded bubbled paint, replaced doors, and changed the look entirely with primer and fresh paint!

These spaces were tackled by Steve Genn, Mitchell Vasquez, Glenn Richardson, Rachel Hannigan, Rachel's boyfriend, Andrew, Nabil Osta, Chirine Dhehibi, Charlotte Daum, Chris Gorman, Ginny Dyson, and Michelle Gettle.

While Joe Becker began patching every drywall hole he could find in the house, Danny Kerns set to removing the moldy insulation that filled the attic, filling trash bag after trash bag. Danny uncovered decades-old photos and documents, which he shared with the homeowner in a sweet, made-for-tv moment.

Keith Beasley and Juliana’s husband, Logan, donned dust masks and gloves and fed all 53 bags of new insulation into a blower for hours on end, while Scott crouched in the attic, ensuring even coverage. By the time we left, they had more than tripled the R-value of the attic – just think what a difference this will be for the Jacksons!

Mrs. Phronie Jackson was a joy, thanking Markon Cares and all our incredible volunteers as she put on her own gloves and got shoulder-toshoulder with us in the effort to take her home back from water damage. It was an incredibly rewarding day, and it could not have been more appreciated!

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Juliana Lee

Juliana Lee

Juliana Lee joined the team in 2018 and brings over 15 years of marketing, communications, and design experience to our team. She leads Markon's marketing and corporate communications functions in addition to supporting a variety of corporate initiatives. A DC area native, Juliana holds a BA in Communications from the University of Maryland College Park (Go Terps!), as well as multiple marketing certifications from HubSpot and the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) designation. Previously, she led marketing communications for Meridian Imaging Solutions, a Konica Minolta company, as well as providing strategic support for B2B, B2C, B2G, and government clients through marketing consultancy District Smarketing, LLC. A two-time recipient of the Gold President's Volunteer Service Award from President Obama, Juliana is passionate about giving back to the local community. She is an active member of the Markon Cares corporate philanthropy group and supports the firm's STEM outreach initiatives. Outside of work, she is an active volunteer for A Space of Her Own, which empowers under-served girls through arts, carpentry, and creative one-to-one mentoring.