CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Leaves are falling all over central Virginia but, in Charlottesville Saturday, more than 70 homes got those leaves raked up for a good cause as over 500 people volunteered their time for the 6th Annual Habitat for Humanity Rake-a-Thon.

The event raises funds and awareness for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville. All proceeds will benefit Habitat’s work to bring affordable home ownership opportunities to Charlottesville-area residents.

Holly Wood, whose family will get a home in part thanks to the money raised Saturday, says success is a community effort.

“Not only is it important to Habitat to have a strong and successful community, but also to folks that live here in the community, they want to see success in our community here in Charlottesville,” she stated.

in addition to the money raised Saturday, donations for Habitat are being accepted until December 1. The money will help families like Wood's build homes in Lochlyn Hill, a mixed-income community near Pen Park Hill early next year.