Day of Caring: Two dozen volunteers lent a hand at Toledo’s Flowerree Community Center
Despite soaring temperatures and a lengthy laundry list of outside work projects, at least two dozen volunteers joined forces on Saturday, June 29 to give Toledo’s Flowerree Community Center some much-needed TLC.
Work that was completed—or at least saw good progress—included spreading hemlock bark around the play equipment, pruning oversized shrubs, prepping outdoor railing for a new paint job, painting an exterior wall, organizing a gardening shed, and putting in new plants. Even with many hands participating this was no short order for a day’s worth of work.
The Flowerree Community Center—located at the former Mary Harrison School—is home to the Olalla Center for Children & Families and other tenants. The goal of Saturday’s clean-up effort—an event organized as United Way’s ‘Day of Caring’—was to provide a hands-on way for people to support their local agencies since many don’t have the time or resources to keep up with things beyond their primary purpose: to provide direct client services.
Things like volunteer lunches, bark, and work gloves and glasses were provided thanks to the following generous sponsors: Advertee’s, Better Bark & More, Costco, Dahl Disposal, Georgia-Pacific Toledo, JC Thriftway Market, Les Schwab, Pizza Me, Toledo Ace Hardware, Walmart, and W.W. Construction.
Every year, at least one ‘Day of Caring’ project is selected somewhere in Lincoln County. Other recently completed projects in the past couple years include Lincoln City, Newport, and Waldport, however, the Flowerree Community Center was the first project located in Toledo. Help is welcomed at any time at the Flowerree Community Center; people interested in lending a hand can contact Ralph Grutzmacher at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about United Way’s Day of Caring program, contact Katelyn Hordichok at 541-265-5812 or email@example.com.