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Hundreds of volunteers clean up Rutland County

April 30, 2017 GMT

RUTLAND, Vt. -

If you took a drive around Rutland County Saturday, you may have noticed a number of groups in maroon shirts. Over a dozen of religious organizations in Rutland County came together to help out their community.

“We’re trimming, their scraping and painting,” said Pastor Dave Lind of the Calvary Bible Church, “Just to make it look nice.”

The building is The Rutland Shelter for Women. It’s one of 54 sites being worked on across Rutland County.

“It means so much to us and lot to the people that we serve because when they see people in the community care about this organization, it in turn means that they care about them,” said Jennifer Yakunovich, ofRutland County Women’s Network and Shelter.

It’s part of Neighborhood Reach. About 400 volunteers from 14 churches spent the day repairing buildings, yards, or anything in the community that needed mending.

The day of Volunteering started 2 years ago... with a group of pastors.

“We said how can we get not just get people into our church but how can we get out into their place where they are and help them,” said Pastor Lind.

“I just walked into the church and saw the sign up for this and just thought *snaps fingers* I had to do it,” said Cyndi Stephenson of Rutland.

For one volunteer coming out to help not only benefited the site she was assigned to -- but also herself.

“It’s been a bit of a challenge for me to come out here but it has been really a good thing for me,” said Stephenson.

6 years ago, Cyndi Stephenson, was sexually assaulted and struggled to leave her house. She says Saturday was the first time she felt comfortable in a public setting since 2011.

“It’s a way of healing my soul.. it’s just broken,” said Stephenson.

Stephenson and her service dog are sitting on the same steps she walked on years ago to receive help.

“When you give of yourself, you receive some things... it’s not just helping them...it’s fulfilling to serve and help other people,” said Pastor Lind.

Crews are looking for more projects to work on for next year.