Chemung Habitat for Humanity partners with local students to help residents
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- As the weekend approaches, charity efforts in Elmira don't look to be slowing down anytime soon. Local volunteers and school students partnered up with Chemung County Habitat for Humanity, looking to spruce up neighborhoods throughout Elmira.
Near the corner of Davis and West Second street, the Chemung County Habitat for Humanity set up for a morning of landscaping, trash collection, painting, and porch repair. In partnership with Cities RISE, volunteers got the chance to give back to the community.
"We are working with in conjunction with the city of Elmira on a Cities RISE community cleanup over on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd street areas in West Elmira," said executive director Emily Barrett, "There's the benefit clearly to the homeowners. They're getting much needed repairs and cleanup of debris and trash around their properties at no cost to them. And then there's the added benefit to the volunteers that get to come out and give back to their community."
The organization enlisted the help from students at nearby Broadway Academy. This is the second year local students have partnered with Habitat for Humanity. The Chemung branch of Habitat for Humanity has served the greater Elmira community since 1989, helping restore existing residential homes. Since then nearly 40 families have been provided with affordable and safe housing.
Volunteers will be on the ground in Elmira tomorrow from 9:00 am to Noon on Saturday as well. Those interested in volunteering in the future can contact Chemung County Habitat for Humanity via phone, email, or through their Facebook page.