Redding, Calif. – A group of student volunteers is working to bring back homes lost to the Carr Fire.
“The first goal is to see everyone back on their property,” said Lane Carlson, Career and Technical Education Director at California Heritage Youth Bridge Academy. “You know driving through and seeing all the new construction going up.”
Now a group of student volunteers stepping up to the plate.
“We do debris removal and we put all the burnt trees that they cut down into the wood chipper,” said Trevon Helms, a member with AmeriCorps.
For some volunteers, this is their first time seeing the burn scars and what they saw shocked them.
“It's really crazy because you see this stuff in books and textbooks, so actually being able to see the devastation it caused is crazy,” said Lindsey Clark, a member with AmeriCorps.
They're working to make a difference for Carr Fire survivors. Even if the work is grueling.
“It's rewarding to know that we're helping other people, complete strangers and knowing that we're making a difference for them,” said Helms.
“I’m actually helping someone and you can see the impact that you're making,” said Clark, “Seeing her smile when we're putting up a fence is really touching.”