Building Goodness Foundation Teams with UVA to Fix Up Homes
A Charlottesville area nonprofit is gearing up for a big weekend ahead. The Building Goodness Foundation (BGF) is teaming up with University of Virginia students to revamp homes around the city.
Ten neighbors in need across Charlottesville will see their homes fixed up this Saturday, thanks to dozens of helping hands. BGF heads up the Building Goodness In April efforts, but students at UVA's Darden School For Business have gotten behind the build in full force.
This year, about 30 volunteers from Darden will be working at each site, in addition to representatives from BGF and a contractor. Those with financial needs and disabilities and the elderly were given preference as the group chose who would receive the help.
Darden volunteers say the work that goes into helping these folks is well worth it.
"We recruit hundreds of volunteers from the business school here," Building Goodness In April Assistant Director Meaghan Sparkman said, "and we really encourage the other students to become more involved in the community and give back because most of us are here for just two years, and this is a great way to really reach out and become involved in the community."
Darden students have raised tens of thousands of dollars to buy materials and prepare for repairs. Those academics will join the contractors and BGF bright and early Saturday. The work kicks off at 7 a.m.
In addition to helping out homeowners, BGF will also be renovating a day care center in the city.
The group at Darden is working to start up its first fall season event this year. If you are interested in finding out more, want to volunteer time or donations, or know someone who qualifies to receive help, click here for more information.
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