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United Way Week of Caring Yields 1,500 Volunteer Hours

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People in the valley are helping their neighbors in need as the United Way of Greater Augusta's Week of Caring comes to a close.

Dozens of projects, including extreme home makeovers, are taking place pro bono.

Before a Week of Caring remodeling project began, a mother and her three small children couldn't even safely enter their home. Their porch was so unstable they had to use stools to get in and out.

"The homeowner came home, and we got to see her expression on her face when she got to see for the first time what we had accomplished so far,” said volunteer Steve King.

Volunteers like King took time away from their jobs to resurface the roof, gut out rotted walls and replace appliances that were falling apart.

"The kitchen was completely renovated. All cabinets were taken out, new cabinets put in. New lavatory in the bathroom, all new flooring throughout, there was no covering on the floor,” King said.

The Week of Caring featured 25 projects and 350 volunteers coming together to give back and improve others' lives.

"The efforts are incredible. It takes a huge amount of talent and a lot of passion to do this kind of work,” said Cynthia Pritchard, CEO of the United Way of Greater Augusta.

Pritchard says she's been blown away by the generosity and support from the community.

"This is just very exciting to give this family what they need to focus on going to school, doing what they need to do instead of trying to figure out how to makeshift life,” she said.

Altogether, it adds up to 1,500 volunteer hours donated for the Week of Caring.

Because of the great interest from businesses and other groups, the annual event evolved this year from a day to a week.

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