BILOXI (WLOX) -- It's the first time many of the employees with Neighborworks America have come down to volunteer on the coast.
"I'm really anxious to get out there," said volunteer Tom Deyo.
The organization has partnered with the East Biloxi Coordination and Redevelopment Agency. This week, they will landscape and paint a home in East Biloxi. But this group plans to do more than just rebuild and rehab homes.
"Neighborworks is sort of what we call a master funder. They work with numerous foundations, and they're also funded in part by the federal government," said Biloxi Councilman Bill Stallworth, founder of the East Biloxi Coordination and Redevelopment Agency.
The organization works with a network of partners to help community development organizations in a wide-range of areas - everything from funding to homeowner education.
"We see them as a long term partners in helping us develop the capacity to meet the needs of this community for the future," Stallworth said.
"People need to understand what is debt, what is housing finance, what does a mortgage mean, what is title insurance mean. So they need to understand when they take on something like owning a home all that goes along with that," Deyo said.
Though this trip is a first for many, Deyo, a senior advisor for the organization, says it plans to bring down more employees as one small part of its long-term commitment to the coast.
"We're dedicated, and we're here for a number of years to help support that," Deyo said.
The group will work on the coast until Tuesday night.
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