Makeovers take over Canton

Volunteers took over Canton for the second annual Extreme Dome Makeover Saturday.

Four families were chosen last month to receive the makeovers but they're not the only ones who got work done.

"People forget what a small town is like and what a community can do together," said Connie Brundza.

But Connie Brundza and her husband Robert know exactly what it's like. They were selected for Culver-Stockton College's Extreme Dome Makeover. In it's second year, dozens of students and athletes came together to paint houses, do yard work, and give back to the community.

"I think especially for most of them being new comers this is their first opportunity to really see what it feels like to get engaged in service leadership and without being a tenant or a mission of the college, I think it's a good first step," said organizer Jay Hoffman.

There were nine projects total around town. The men's and women's cross country team and women's soccer team worked on this church, scraping paint off and sanding the porch before they repainted it.

"This is a way to give back to the community and it's also a way for us to explain to students how important it is to serve and to give back and it's a good lesson for all of us," said men's and women's cross country coach Andy Walsh.

And the students agree. Sophomore Lisa Button says she'll definitely do this again.

"It's a really big part of being a part of Culver Stockton. Canton plays a really big role in a lot of students' lives and really being able to give back to the town is a really big deal for us," said Button.

And while the makeovers aren't as extreme as they are on the famous ABC show, they still mean a lot to the homeowners.

"It's just amazing what the community does come together and it's awesome to be in a smaller community where you can thank people personally and we just can't thank them enough. This is just an awesome job that we can't do and I just can't thank them enough it's just overwhelming," said Connie.

Organizer Jay Hoffman says the project is so successful, he hopes to have it again next year.