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BGF, UVA's Darden School Team up for Building Goodness in April

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Charlottesville's Building Goodness Foundation is teaming up with the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business to restore some homes in need.

Through a lot of drilling, hammering, and volunteering the groups are able to give back to their community.

Twelve projects are on the radar for Saturday's annual Building Goodness in April event.

Friday we spoke with one man whose home has an interesting past. Ralph Brown, Sr. looked on as work began to save the home he grew up in - and still lives in now. Brown's father built the home and about 150 others in Charlottesville.

"This is really, really special for me because it's the house my dad built,” said Brown.

Brown, an army veteran, is just one of about a dozen people that will have their homes restored Saturday.

"We're having various projects, ranging from roofing, to carpeting, to repairing kitchens, repairing floors, repairing anything that really needs to be repaired in the houses,” said Matthew Graham, Building Goodness in April assistant director.

Building Goodness in April is able to carry on what Brown's father started so many years ago.

"It really is up keeping my dad's legacy,” said Brown.

Brown's home will get a deck and a fully restored kitchen, among other things.

"This will be a bee hive of activity with many Darden students here doing the painting and a lot of the heavy lifting,” said Kelly Eplee, BGF executive director.

Brown says this is the best thing that could happen to him.

"You expect to see nonprofit groups doing things overseas in foreign countries, so for this kind of assistance to come to our neighborhood for people who normally would not be able to get this help is just wonderful,” said Brown.

BGF wants people to remember that the help begins with its neighbors.

"Getting the message out that BGF through BGiA is a local endeavor is very important to us. We work at home first,” said Eplee.

The Darden's Military Association is the group working on Brown’s home.

More than 300 volunteers will begin work on all 12 homes first thing Saturday morning.

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