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Local teens work to fix up homes for needy families

Organizers said the mission behind WorkCamp is to encourage young adults to live outside of their comforts zones.

ARLINGTON, Va. - More than 800 teens started off their summer break by helping neighbors in need. It's part the annual WorkCamp project sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. The week-long project will include more than 100 home improvement projects.

Organizers said the mission behind WorkCamp is to encourage young adults to live outside of their comforts zones. For one week, teens from the DMV and the Central Virginia area are gathered into groups and work to fix up homes for those in need.

Credit: WorkCamp

Some of that work involves painting a house and weatherproofing windows for a single father with six children. They'll also replace a roof for a disabled man.

This will be WorkCamp’s 29th year. It's based out of Massaponax High School in Fredericksburg, Va.