LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – A couple dozen volunteers grabbed a shovel to help renew one of La Crosse's oldest neighborhoods.
The ReNEW project started Sunday. It stands for Revitalizing Neighborhood Empowerment with Powell-Hood-Hamilton.
It's a month-long partnership between neighbors and local organizations to rejuvenate the Powell-Hood-Hamilton area.
Sunday volunteers took down a deck, removed paint, and helped clean the yard of Renée Miranda's home on 10th Street.
News 19 spoke with Miranda back in April when her home was being considered for ReNEW.
She said she couldn't have afforded the renovations on her own.
Thanks to the ReNEW volunteers, Miranda said she'll soon have a home that she'll be proud to invite people into.
"I am so grateful, I can't thank them enough for all the hard work they're doing and it's so heartwarming and it's really emotional for me," Miranda said.
About 30 volunteers lent a hand around the Powell-Hood-Hamilton neighborhood Sunday. They included officials on the city and county levels, but most came from the community.
Volunteers said they want to promote the neighborhood as a place to live long-term.
"A lot of the people I work with live in this community, so I wanted to help out and make it a lot better because a lot of them don't have the nicest places to live in," said ReNEW volunteer Josh Hardy.
ReNEW organizers said they plan to fix up approximately 30 homes this month, with the projects taking place every Saturday until the ReNEWS ends Sunday, June 2.
To volunteer with ReNEW or to get more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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