Four Rancho Cordova homes were repaired and renovated with the help of dozens of volunteers from the lab group of the Vision Service Plan. The optical services giant has its corporate headquarters in Rancho Cordova.
“Pretty much the whole department comes out in the neighborhood and we do projects that we think will help the community,” said Warren Meyer, VSP Vice-president of lab operations.
Volunteers painted some homes, repaired fencing and put in landscaping in others.
Michelle Steadham applied for volunteer help to redo her worn front yard.
“I could not afford to be able to do this myself. I didn’t have the skill, knowledge, the time,” said Steadham.
The city has a volunteer program that matches groups wanting to donate services with those who need help, and at the same time improve the quality of life in the city. The hope is that home improvement is contagious.
“It gets everyone excited about working on their property and it helps everybody,” said Meyer.
Steadham says she already sees changes in her neighborhood after an abandoned home across the street was spruced up thanks to volunteers.
“It’s all about showing everybody that this neighborhood is not the run down neighborhood that it used to be and it definitely creates more pride,” said Steadham.