BOSTON (CBS) – Some 80 volunteers picked up paint brushes on Thursday to help homeless veterans in Boston.

The volunteers, all employees of Home Depot, helped put a fresh coat of paint on the New England Center for Homeless Veterans.

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In addition, The Home Depot Foundation announced it will be giving $500,000 to the organization, which helps provide transitional housing for veterans.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

The center is currently in the midst of a $20 million capital improvements campaign.

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“Not only will this project create a better home for veterans, we will create almost forty new permanent housing units, affordable units in Boston for veterans,” NECHV President Andrew McCawley said.

Some of those new units will be specific for female veterans.

At any given time, there are 350 veterans who call the center home.

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