Teens volunteer to revitalize Maryvale


by azfamily.com

Video reported by Tess Rafols

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 11 at 5:20 PM

PHOENIX -- Hundreds of volunteers, including many teens, gathered in Maryvale last weekend to help landscape yards and repaint homes.

The Maryvale Revitalization Corp., a nonprofit organization, recruits more than 700 volunteers Valleywide each year to do housework for people who struggle physically or financially.

Materials are purchased using donations from Valley businesses.

"I clear my calendar and make sure that I'm able to come every year," said Orville Cunningham, a teen who has volunteered the past four years.

Last weekend marked the 10th year for the project, and volunteers set out to paint 27 houses and landscape 10 houses in four hours.

"I think it's great," said Maryvale homeowner Alice Aldrete. "They're doing a good job."

Teens said they enjoy helping with the project because the homeowners are grateful for the help.

"It's about watching them smile," teen volunteer Nicole Martin said. "It's great to know that you did that. You made that happen."

Adult volunteer Walt Farnsworth said it helps the teens realize how rewarding it feels to help others.

"That's how we teach our kids to love their neighbors," he said.