Towns, cities, and counties all across Virginia have cut back on maintenance budgets, but when a group of homeowners in Bassett didn't like what the town was shaping up to look like they took matters into their own hands.
The Greater Bassett Area Community Inc., which now has non-profit status, organizes a weekly community market, mows grass, and maintains the town's light poles.
Matt Davis is the vice president of the group.
He says they couldn't just sit back and watch their town's image take a turn for the worse along with the economy.
"This [is a] grass roots effort, home grown, pull yourself up by your own boot straps and let's get something done. [We are a] hard working community and you can ask and they can tell you it's not in the budget right now, we've got some other things that are priority. We understand that, so then it becomes, ‘Okay what can we do for ourselves?'" Davis said.
The next project that the group is working on is building a greenway along Smith's River in Bassett.