Volunteers hope to change the world one home at a time

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Church members across the southeast are working to change the world one house at a time.

Nashville-based World Changers is an initiative by the Southern Baptist Convention in which student volunteers go to different communities to improve the lives of others.

This week, 14 churches from 11 different states are helping renovate more than 20 homes between the Glenwood and Millville communities in Panama City.

Renovations include painting, reflooring, and for one homeowner, plumbing. One resident was able to do laundry for the first time in years this week.

For the volunteers, it's about putting words of love into action.

"Our passion behind that is we use our service as a gateway into these communities in order to love people better," World Changers Director Mikayla Stath said.

One of the residents receiving help said he felt like he's known the volunteers for years.

"I feel like I'm very fortunate because they have such a family atmosphere," resident Arthur Cutler said.

More than 200 students will be working on projects this week. The next stop for the organization is Tampa, Florida.