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Volunteers help rebuild homes in Macon

It's Macon Rebuilding Day, one day where hundreds of volunteers renovate the homes of low-income and disabled people free of charge in Macon and Bibb County.

Cynthia Sample has been battling multiple sclerosis and needs help fixing up things around her Napier Avenue home.

Rebuilding Macon answered her call for help.

"They are painting, they are widening my bathroom door so that I'll be able to get in with my chair," said Sample.

One of her favorite parts of the renovation is the new ramp. "So I'll be able to come in and out. I wasn't before because my ramp wasn't sufficient enough to come in and out," she said.

Rebuilding Macon Executive Director Debra Rollins says 700 to 800 volunteers renovated 15 homes Saturday.

"In the last 22 years we've reached over 3,000 houses in Macon. It's great everyday to ride down the street and see work that you've been doing over the years that still looks good," said Rollins.

Jesse Waller's Buford Place home also got a makeover. He says the work the volunteers are doing is remarkable. "I've been having problem with the lavatory in the bathroom, for several years. And they're getting that all fixed up. And they're taking the vines off the house so you can see it again, and painting," said Waller.

Volunteer Nathan Watson, with Vineville Methodist Church, worked on Waller's home. He says it's important to help out the community.

"This gentleman ,as an example, you know has a tough time getting around, and funding, or paying for this kind of repair would be hard for him," said Watson.

"Our funding is pretty well balanced. We get some federal money from community development block grant and it is community development block grant week," said Rollins. "But we also get a lot of money from local banks, hospitals, businesses."

The organization helps people out throughout the year.

For more information you can visit http://www.rebuildingmacon.org/


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