Where We Started
Our Origin Story
Originally called Tigers Go, Rebuild Upstate began in August 2006 when founder Chris Manley and other Clemson University students saw a need to continue disaster relief and rebuilding work in the New Orleans metro area post-Katrina. For the next year, hundreds of Clemson students and community members traveled to New Orleans to clean, repair, and rebuild.
By the start of 2007, word had spread that there were a lot of locals willing to help those in need. A request came in to repair a home in the Clemson area and, in January 2007, what is now Rebuild Upstate was born and formally incorporated the following month. While the full extent of the need wasn’t understood at the time, thousands of families living in the Upstate of South Carolina were living in unsafe and unhealthy home conditions.
In the ensuing years, Rebuild Upstate transitioned its work in Louisiana to other local nonprofits and by 2011 was serving exclusively in Upstate SC. Since that first local home repaired in 2007, Rebuild Upstate has repaired over 1,300 homes in Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens Counties of SC, with the hard work and dedication of over 7,000 volunteers.