DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- They say home is where the heart is and close to 300 volunteers put their hearts into revitalizing Dutchess County homes Saturday.
United Way partnered with Habitat for Humanity, and others, to help improve 40 homes.
The projects included painting, porch and railing repairs, yard work, and installing handicap accessible ramps.
United Way says community support is needed to help fight poverty and make a difference in people's lives.
"Our goal today was really to get the community out and help make our community a stronger place, and by the number of people that showed up, the number of projects that we have, we certainly see such a huge opportunity and passion from our community to really stand up and take action," said Diane Hart, Director of Community Impact at United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region.
The volunteer service Saturday was part of Habitat for Humanity's "Make a Difference Day."