Hundreds of Volunteers Give West Side Neighborhood a Makeover

July 9, 2012 Updated Jul 9, 2012 at 6:59 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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July 9, 2012 Updated Jul 9, 2012 at 6:59 PM EDT


BUFFALO, NY (WKBW)- Close to 700 local volunteers are helping to revitalize a portion of the Queen City. The volunteers, primarily youth from 15 different local churches, will spend the week working on 20 different projects throughout Buffalo's West Side. All the teens have also paid more than $100 dollars for the privilege of volunteering. The money covers supplies and miscellaneous items through the week.

"To know that these kids are paying to come here to do this is fantastic to me and I hope it ignites our community," said Pastor Casper Farrow of the House of Grace. "I hope it gets them fired up to get busy and do something in the community."

These volunteers make up the Break Out Buffalo Love event that has become an annual tradition following ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition with the Powell Family of Buffalo a few years ago.

"We'll be here through Friday doing about 20 different work projects," said Project Director Daryl Boss. "Everything from roofing, siding, landscaping, porch repair and rebuilding."

Monday, volunteers worked on homes on Potomac Avenue & Herkimer Streets.