DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — From painting to planting, organizations from around the Miami Valley are helping homeowners fix up their community in the Westwood neighborhood.
“This is the first year we’ve worked in a neighborhood where there are multiple houses on the same street,” said Julie Staats, Outreach Ministry Leader for Stillwater Seventh-day Adventist Church. “So it’s kind of neat. You can look around and see all the volunteers and the neighborhood transform.”
More than a thousand workers tackled a variety of tasks at 20 homes in the area.
Joining in were the Dayton Police Department and family members.
The department focused their efforts at at home on Anna Street. It is where an 89-year-old widow of a Navy Veteran lives.
“We’ve got a lot of people willing to donate their time to help improve somebody else’s life,” said Lt. Andrew Booher with the Dayton Police Department.
In addition to the exteriors of the homes, volunteers also installed new smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the home.
“We want our kids to leave here and our families to grow up here and the homeowners to feel safe here,” said Staats. “So that’s why we do it.”
This is the 20th year for the National Rebuilding Day program in Dayton.
Efforts for next year are planned to stay in the Westwood neighborhood.