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NeighborWorks Week

Making a Difference, One House at a Time


NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania is a nonprofit community development organization aiming to revitalize neighborhoods, improve lives and address housing needs within our community.

For one week in late June, NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania welcomed over 400 volunteers eager to lend a helping hand to our neighbors in need. They scraped, painted, hammered and sweated, all to benefit Lackawanna County’s most vulnerable residents.



Every summer, NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania teams up with Group Mission Trips to organize the massive volunteer effort. The roster of volunteers ranges in age from high school and college students to adults. Throughout the week, the volunteers spent their time building wheelchair ramps, repairing stairs, painting porches and clearing brush for 62 specified elderly homeowners around Lackawanna County.



In just a few years, the NeighborWorks Week Program has completed repairs to over 500 properties in targeted neighborhoods. According to program supervisors, however, this effort is about so much more than a new coat of paint. Rather, by the end of the week, it’s mostly about the bonds that form between the volunteers and the homeowners.

We tagged along to get a closer look at this amazing program in action. Check out the video.



Brian Johnson

About the Videographer

Brian Johnson

Originally from “up da Eynon,” Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and their two young boys. Rarely will he pass on a good pickup game of basketball, or a cold beer and a futbol match. When not behind the camera, you’ll find Brian proclaiming his love for NEPA from pizza shops to mountain tops and beyond.

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