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Community works to leave positive impact

By Laura Halm
Published On: Oct 27 2012 04:32:53 PM CDT
IMPACT JOHNSON CITY
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

A community works together painting, cleaning, and raking leaves to leave a positive impact. News 5 tagged along with volunteers Saturday in this year's Impact Johnson City.

The benches used at the Boys and Girls Club in Johnson City are white, but after a bit of hard work from volunteers they're bright red and blue. "Volunteers are so very important to get that extra project done that you've been wanting to do, but not been able to do on a regular basis," said Robin Crumley, Director at the Boys and Girls Club.

These volunteers are taking part in their annual Impact Johnson City. "It's to get everybody in the community to take pride in the community and work together," said organizer Lisa Luster.

Luster says about 300 volunteers from area churches, East Tennessee State University, and the community helped out at 13 different places in Johnson City. "Everything from laying flooring, to cleaning up parks, raking leaves, cleaning out creeks with trash," added Luster.

But there's actually a mission. "We're called as a church to serve in our community so this is a day where we concentrate to do that," said volunteer Andrew Amodei.

The hard work saves organizations, like the Boys and Girls Club, time, energy, and money. "Just seeing them [volunteers] come in and being willing, to be a willing heart and spirit, it's just uplifting and it gives us the push to keep doing what we do on a daily basis," added Crumley.

Impact Johnson City organizers tell us they plan to keep making an impact int he community over the next few weeks, rebuilding homes in the Dry Creek community for August flood victims.