Volunteers help Austin residents repair their houses (Austin Talks)

By Cara Ball

James Woods is enjoying the renovations recently made to his Austin home.

The 45-year resident of Austin was one of dozens of West Siders whose homes got special attention April 25 from Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago, a volunteer organization that works to revitalize low-income housing and communities.

Volunteers from the Oak Park branch of U.S. Bank and union contractors who donated their time painted the walls of Woods’ home and made plumbing repairs.

Woods said he’s grateful Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago chose his home for its annual National Rebuilding Day.

Another Austin resident, 73-year-old Lillian Sanders, told the Chicago Tribune she felt “very, very good” as volunteers painted her bungalow, made other home repairs to the home and planted tulips in the backyard.

The volunteers were just as happy to do the work.

“We take the model of warm, safe and dry, then apply it, and see how we can better help and serve the community,” Alfred Burns, a U.S. Bank manager, told AustinTalks.

“It’s definitely something that’s worthwhile, and you’ll never forget being able to provide services to a person who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to do it,” Burns said.

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