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Teens help to paint houses of needy residents

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Most teens think about making some extra cash during summer break, but a few hundred teens are volunteering to help people they've never met.

The program is part of Nashville Work Camp, a service project that paints houses for free.

"We've been working pretty hard the last couple of the weeks, putting finishing touches on to make it look as good as it can," said participant Harrison Davies.

The homeowner, David Potter, was stunned by the generous offer to repaint his home.

The program participants didn't meet Potter until a few days ago.

"It's really a blessing what they are doing for the community as a whole," said Potter.

Nashville Work Camp has been in Middle Tennessee for 17 years offering help to homeowners with no strings attached.

"Work Camp is students coming together, helping people out who need housework, willing to help and do it out of the kindness of our heart," said volunteer Kinsley Sells.

Nineteen groups took on projects this summer, which meaning 19 houses now have a fresh coat of paint.

It's clear that both the homeowners and the volunteers leave this project inspired.

"It's a great opportunity to serve and be a part of something greater than yourself. It shows how much we care for fellow Nashvillians," said Davies.

Many times the homeowner is not able to work alongside the volunteer.

If that's the case, the team meets up with the homeowner at the end of the project to share a meal.

Visit the Nashville Work Camp website to learn more: http://www.nashvilleworkcamp.org/.

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