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Teens volunteer to repaint, repair homes in Wisconsin


St. Croix Falls (WQOW) - You mix hundreds of gallons of paint with a very driven group of volunteers and you get one impressive service project. Many homes are being painted in western Wisconsin this week, and they're being painted by about 200 teens from five Midwestern states. They're doing this as part of a one-week mission trip called Teen Serve.

"On this week, we'll be using almost 500 gallons of paint that Valspar has donated to us," said Habitat for Humanity worker David Sandmann.

A pair of non profit organizations will be adding color to the northern Wisconsin countryside this week.

"Last year we did about 20 homes, this year we're hoping to do about 100 of them. Teen Serve has come up to do about 40 of them within this week," said Sandmann.

The wild rivers habitat for humanity and teen serve paired up to help homeowners in Polk and Burnett counties by first taking off the old paint, and eventually putting on the new.

"It's first of all a good opportunity to serve, and I enjoy serving and helping out people," said volunteer Katey Lace.

Some who applied for aid may not be capable of doing the projects themselves. For others:

"We don't have the funds to put new siding up and they called and said they would send out a crew and paint our house. I thought "Boy, that's going to save a lot of future damages," said Larry Wittmann, whose home is being painted.

With a group of volunteers, a lot of progress can be made in one week.

"It will be cool to see how much work you've put into it and then to see how far you get from that. All the effort you put in, and it pays off. And to see the gratitude of the people you did it for," Lace said.

There is another Teen Serve camp in western Wisconsin this summer this one along Lake Holcombe next week. Teens will do home repair projects or yard work.

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