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Volunteers from around the country to help improve Southeast Minnesota

PINE ISLAND, Minn. (FOX 47) – Students from across the country are making Southeast Minnesota their home this week.

More than 150 volunteers from 11 states are helping make our local communities a little better.

It’s through the Teen Serve program, which is a inter-denominational youth mission group.

Volunteers will work on painting and home improvement projects during the week, and they have to pay to volunteer. The fee helps cover supplies, lodging and meals during the week, according to Teen Serve’s website.

Among the volunteers is Gail Morris. She has brought youth groups to Teen Serve camps for more than a decade.

She says her personal and spiritual growth is exciting to share with friends, family and members of her home community after her week of service.

“I tell all my customers what impacted my life the most for the week and the words of the songs that impacted me,” Morris said. “So, I feel like there’s a lot of growth here, but there’s the potential for growth once we go home, also.”

The students are without electronics during the week, which leaders say helps students to focus on serving the community and growing in their faith.

The group has projects planned in Pine Island, Rochester, Mazeppa, Kenyon, Wannamingo and Zumbrota during the week.


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