From the sales floor of a department store or a desk at the corporate offices, Charlotte’s Reid Park Academy may seem like a world away. But late last week, more than 250 employees of Belk, Inc. found themselves at the west Charlotte school armed with paint brushes, gardening gloves and trash bags.
“It’s been nice to leave your job for a few hours and do something like this,” Belk employee Richard Carter told the Charlotte Observer. “It’s fun to give something back to the community.”
The project at Reid Park marked the end of a four-month endeavor by Belk to mobilize 23,000 employees in 16 states as part of the company’s 125 Days of Service.
Reid Park Academy was one of eleven Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools serving low-income families which received improvements ranging from new landscaping and paint to bookshelves.
The Belk initiative in Charlotte is one of the largest examples of recent All Hands projects managed by Hands On Charlotte.
Each year, Hands On Charlotte matches employees of companies, both large and small, with the needs of our community. The employer identifies the company’s volunteer interests and timeline, and Hands On Charlotte makes a match with one of more than 100 partner agencies, while also providing the tools and management oversight to ensure the volunteer project goes smoothly for all involved.
Hands On Charlotte would like to say “thanks” for the contributions of Belk employees that will have a direct impact on students returning to class this fall. “We’re impacting the learning environment and giving kids the chance to be more productive citizens,” Eric Law, Hands On Charlotte’s executive director, told the Charlotte Observer.
Check out some additional pictures at Hands On Charlotte’s Facebook page
By The Numbers (in 16 states)
- 21,000 volunteer hours of service
- 8,000 books collected or donated
- 5,000 paintings produced
- 315 picnic tables built
- $500,000 = value of service hours
- 131,000 = number of students impacted by volunteer projects
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Hands On Charlotte