MOUNT VERNON — CES Credit Union employees spent Columbus Day in a “CES Lives United Day of Service,” tackling cleaning and maintenance projects at several United Way agencies.
During lunch at The Salvation Army, the volunteers heard campaign Chairman Bill Levering report that thanks to an outstanding Pacesetter Campaign, this year’s drive is at 55 percent of its $800,000 goal, or $444,370. At this point in last year’s campaign, they were at 41 percent of the goal.
He said the success of the campaign is a great example of how the community is willing to support deserving programs.
United Way Director Jen Odenwiler said the CES volunteers were making their efforts felt at several locations. At The Salvation Army, crews were painting and doing general cleaning. At the main YMCA they were cleaning and polishing, and at the Freedom Center they were cleaning up the property.
At Riverside Park, crews were repainting the Born Learning Trail and raking the mulch around some of the playground equipment. The mulch was also targeted for raking at Arch Park and Phillips Park. Behavioral Health Partners welcomed workers who dove in to clean up the outdoor property around the building.
In The Salvation Army gym, many hands made light work, as the crew was making fast work of repainting the high walls, some working on the high walls with long-handled rollers, some working lower with standard rollers and some with simple brushes, were going back over the painted areas, either finishing trim or making sure the mortared areas between the concrete blocks of the wall were painted.
Over at Riverside Park, Katie Scarberry, Rachel Frady, Jessica Pew and Peggy Albert were scraping the letters and shapes painted on the sidewalk, getting ready to put fresh, new ones down.
The trail, said Odenwiler, is marked with early learning activities to encourage families to see everyday teaching moments like using the hopscotch diagram to encourage movement and color recognition. Down the walk a ways a section is painted with shapes, and near the other end of the trail are alphabet letters, all with signs suggesting activities for each location.
The quartet of volunteers were working on the trail, scraping at the symbols with wire brushes, sometimes getting lucky and being able to peal away large sections of the old paint.
Over at one of the playground areas, Lynette Piper, Cherie Mott and Tami Karcher, were raking the mulch, making sure it was piled thickest where kids coming off the equipment are most likely to land. After doing the two areas at Riverside, they were moving on to Arch Park mulch.
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