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Americorp and Habitat team up for "Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative"
Nearly a hundred volunteers are on a mission to clean up more than 60 blocks of Pensacola.
Pensacola Habitat for Humanity is teaming up with Americorps members to kick-off their 'Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative."
What this project means to the community.
"Habitat For Humanity is known for building houses from the ground up. Well this project is a little different. An entire sidewalk is torn up, this project is about fixing up an entire neighborhood."
Pensacola's Westside Garden District needed a lot of work.
Volunteers are whacking weeds.
Maintaining and updating the records at St. John's Cemetery.
And even ripping up aging sidewalks.
Gwendolyn Silas, Lives In Neighborhood
"I like it, I love it.
All them sidewalks are broken up, I'm glad they're fixing them up for it to look better, so the streets can look better."
Gwendolyn Silas has lived in the neighborhood for more than 70 years...
And slowly watched it change for the worse.
"The neighborhood's gone down and we trying to build it back up."
That's what Habitat volunteers like Clive Rainey have in mind.
Instead of building new homes, this time they're focused on fixing, improving, beautifying what's already there.
Clive Rainey, Volunteer
"You know our name is Habitat for Humanity and from the beginning that meant more than houses, it meant the environment, it meant community.
This is part of making a decent community and we're literally laying the groundwork for Habitat to lay its work."
And when these volunteers are done.
Many are sure, their neighborhood will be a much better place to live in.
"It's gonna be beautiful, it's gonna be wonderful."
"Volunteers will take a break tomorrow, but they'll be back to work Thursday and this project will wrap up Friday