Enhancing properties in Tioga County

By Caroline Goggin

July 24, 2014 Updated Jul 25, 2014 at 12:09 AM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Volunteers at the Group Workscamp called their experience this week satisfying and enlightening.

The camp is devoted to enhancing properties in Tioga County.

"We are in Waverly, we are in Nichols, we are in Candor, we are in Owego, Spencer Vanetten, the entire county is covered," said program director Fred Trzcinski.

From Illinois to Rhode Island to New Jersey, kids are coming from all over the country to make a difference.

These differences are made in lower income homes.

Painting, hammering, sawing, and siding are just a few of the responsibilities taken on by volunteers.

Another element is teaming up with individuals they never knew before.

"Walking in here day one, it was just a bunch of random people but now it's like a family," said Illinois native Jeremy Forbes. "You know everybody, you can have fun with each other, like I have paint all over me. It's so worth it."

380 kids from across the country are here to clean up the community.

Owego Heights Mobile Homes is just one work site, out of 56, where residents can already see changes being made to their homes.

"We have 100 plus kids in Owego Heights, the community," said park owner Jon Morris. "Owego Heights is about 120 homes and you have 100 kids coming in. It's just very touching."

Volunteers said it is not only touching to those who benefit from the work. They believe it also has changed their lives and perspectives.

The camp will conclude on Saturday. This is the eigth year that Tioga County and Group Workscamp have partnered up.

In the past seven years, the work has made over one million dollars in enhancements in Tioga County.