More than 4,000 volunteers from 84 community groups observed a local tradition 25 years in the making Saturday May 5 by revitalizing 68 homes and eight community centers in need. The program aided homeowners in Norwalk, New Canaan and Westport.

The spirit of volunteerism has enabled HomeFront to increase its aid in response to a significant spike in requests from neighbors who are financially and physically unable to make essential repairs to their homes. This year's outpouring brings HomeFront to the mark of 2,650 projects completed in the program's history, delivering $42 million of service where needed most. Volunteers performing the repairs, program organizers and the homeowners who benefit are available for interviews.

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Much of the jump-in requests is attributable to local families coping with unemployment. Many of those who were helped May 5 also come from the rapidly growing population of older adults living on fixed incomes. Volunteers also made crucial repairs for single-parent households and disabled homeowners.

Among the 84 participating faith-based, civic and corporate groups, experts from the multi-Emmy award-winning "This Old House" television series rolled up their sleeves, demonstrating a conviction in the importance of decent shelter and the power of volunteerism. General contractor, Tom Silva and plumbing and heating expert, Richard Trethewey teamed up with "This Old House Magazine" editor, Scott Omelianuk and other colleagues to remedy a host of repair concerns for a deserving, multi-generational home in Stamford.

First Presbyterian Church New Canaan Congregational Church, New Cnaan Exchange Club and AmeriCares were involved with the revitalization of houses in the area. St. John Parish and St. Luke's Parish, Darien, contributed as well.

One home on Knapp Lane was revitalized with help from The New Canaan Exchange Club.

HomeFront's mission is to keep low-income neighbors in their homes with an improved quality of life through the completion of repairs at no cost to them. HomeFront is an independent program that formerly operated under the auspices of the humanitarian aid organization, AmeriCares. Visit