For the past six years, houses and lots on streets within the Old Hill neighborhood of Springfield have received a helping hand during the revitalize CDC Green N' Fit neighborhood rebuild.
This year is no different.
Over a thousand volunteers spent their Saturday on Manhattan Street in Springfield, split into teams, that are led by people like Vanessa Cofer.
“It's nice to see people who were here last year,” says Vanessa. “And they keep coming back year after year, including people whose house's we worked on.”
Some removed rust from bannisters. Others brought a new color to the front porch. The strong ones hauling unwanted debris to the dumpsters lining the street.
Homes like Taylon Morales, a youngster who was shocked to see how his community rallied to help him out.
After seeing first hand the benefit this rebuild provides, Taylon tells Western Mass News that he's inspired to take part next year.
“Some people,” Taylon said. “They don't like helping out. They just like to stick by themselves and be grumpy…all these people that are helping us right now is good because we can help them too.”
Ryan Alekman is the team leader for Taylon's home, one of eleven that has the attention of this year's rebuild.
Like every year, there's a recipient of special consideration. This year that honor was reserved for Elsa Gordon, who was brought to tears at the sight of her brand new washer and dryer.
“She’s an 89 year-old widow and,” Vanessa went on to say. “She’s so excited and happy that we’re all pitching in to help do things she’s not able to do.”
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