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Modern Family star Julie Bowen, 41, flew to Atlanta July 20 to help complete renovations on the Adamsville Recreation Center. The actress was there on behalf of Drops of Good: The Maxwell House Community Project.

(The Adamsville Recreation Center was voted by the American public to be one of five community centers receiving the makeover of a lifetime, with up to $50,000 in renovations.)

"The [Maxwell House] Drops of Good [Project] is about volunteerism, and I really feel like in a down economy it's hard to ask people to give money," Bowen explains to Us Weekly. "But it's not hard to ask people to give time."

Bowen lent a helping hand by painting a mural with local children and planting rose bushes to spruce up the center's landscaping. She capped off the event by speaking to the Atlanta community during the ribbon cutting ceremony. "This project [in Atlanta] isn't done," Bowen tells Us. "This is just a way to bring attention to it."

The actress, who married real estate investor Scott Phillips in 2004, has always been an advocate of giving back. "I got involved in volunteerism a long time ago," the mother of three says. "I tutored at a local community center in Los Angeles and I got hooked. That one-on-one connection can make you feel really good -- and it doesn't cost you a dime."