Volunteers help to 'Turn Back the Block' in Harrisburg

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News 12 First at Five / Thursday, May 16, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A block on Broad Street was forever changed on Thursday morning.

More than 40 volunteers helped revitalize homes in the Harrisburg community as part of the nonprofit program Turn Back the Block.

Tim Snell and Brendan Quirk are in the group of E-Z-Go and Textron employees that volunteered near the 1600 block.

"We were working on painting the houses. We did demolition on one of them. We also knocked out some dry wall," Snell said.

They're from out of town but are glad they're able to leave their mark.

"It's definitely a good feeling to do anything you can to get something positive accomplished," Quirk said.

"Knowing someone will be able to live in this house and someone will call this home is very rewarding," Snell said.

Homes are donated to the nonprofit, and volunteers fix them before they're sold to those with less than perfect credit.

"But the great thing to me is that volunteers are doing this," Mayor Deke Copenhaver said.

Two homes are finished on this block, but they still have two more to go. They're turning back the block, one hammer, house at a time.

Click here to see if you qualify for one of the homes.

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