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Building Goodness Teams Up With Darden Students for Building Blitz

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In Charlottesville and Albemarle County, 16 houses got some much-needed fix-ups, anything from painting walls to building sheds to planting gardens, all for people who simply can't do it on their own. In Charlottesville and Albemarle County, 16 houses got some much-needed fix-ups, anything from painting walls to building sheds to planting gardens, all for people who simply can't do it on their own.

On Saturday, more than a dozen homes around Charlottesville have a fresh new look after a one-day building blitz. Every April, the non-profit Building Goodness Foundation teams up with University of Virginia business students to take on the repairs and offer up some much needed assistance to city neighbors.

In Charlottesville and Albemarle County, 16 houses got some much-needed fix-ups, anything from painting walls to building sheds to planting gardens, all for people who simply can't do it on their own.

After 36 years in his home on Elliott Avenue William Roberts' place is getting a new coat of green paint by a group of guys in bright orange.

"I'm truly blessed that they've done this for me," said Roberts.

Most of the handymen are students from the UVA's Darden School of Business.

"I thought it was a scam to begin with," admitted Roberts.

Turns out, it wasn't too good to be true and now Roberts has some much needed help around the house.

"I'm getting over a hernia surgery and the fact that I lost my wife and things, it's been a blessing to me," he said.

But painting is just the start of it, there's another house on Montrose Avenue and another two on Goodman Street. Along with about a dozen more sites around Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

The Building Goodness Foundation brought more than 300 business students, contractors and volunteers together. All helped low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners around the city on Saturday.

"At the end of the day, we like to believe we leave Charlottesville better than we found it," said Ethan Tate of the Building Goodness Foundation.

"I thank them tremendously. I really love it, enjoying it. Thank them very much," said Roberts.

Saturday was the largest one-day event around Charlottesville for the Building Goodness Foundation. The Darden students were able to raise enough money so all of the repairs were free.

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