Giving back to the community is a core BGE HOME value. One way we live this value is by providing opportunities throughout the year for our employees to work together at community-based volunteer events. Last month, 25 BGE HOME employees took part in United Way of Frederick County’s Day of Action by improving the home and yard of the Building Veterans house in Brunswick, MD.
United Way of Frederick County hosts an annual Day of Action where hundreds of volunteers provide support to organizations across Frederick County. United Way of Frederick County explains, “Every year, members of the Frederick County community come together to address the issues that matter the most. They serve on critically-needed projects to help our community partner agencies.” BGE HOME was proud to sponsor this year’s Day of Action, underscoring our ongoing commit to the Frederick community.
Day of Action 2018
BGE HOME participated in one of many projects that were completed during the Day of Action. This year, 350 volunteers worked with 25 local non-profits to complete projects that included serving meals, building furniture, planting community gardens and painting. In total, volunteers contributed about 1,850 hours of their time and energy to the Frederick community.
Volunteers met at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium for a high-energy kickoff that set the tone for the rest of the day. Once everyone was excited for the day ahead, volunteers made their way to their assigned volunteer activity.
The volunteer group from BGE HOME was matched with Building Veterans, a local non-profit based in Brunswick, MD that supports veterans struggling with PTSD, trauma and substance abuse and helps them transition back into the community. The nonprofit has two peer-to-peer recovery homes, each housing about eight men. The homes provide structure, solace and support to veterans throughout their recovery.
Once at the Building Veterans recovery home, our volunteers tackled a variety of tasks including painting a shed, painting the home’s deck, staining a fence, gardening, building shelving units and organizing items for a yard sale that was taking place the next day.
By the end of the day, the team had made a big impact on the Building Veterans home. Our hardworking volunteers completed the organization’s to-do list and had some extra time to beautify the exterior of the home by planting flowers. The team’s unique skills came in handy when one of our volunteers, a licensed plumber, fixed several leaky valves inside the home.
“We wanted to improve the veterans’ home, so they could in turn help improve the Frederick County community. Throughout the day I was impressed by our team’s passion and inspired by the gratitude expressed by the veterans in return,” stated BGE HOME volunteer Billy Kinzler, highlighting how a day spent improving the community can also improve the bonds between coworkers.
Another BGE HOME volunteer, Carolina Rodriguez, stated, “It still amazes me how paint, cleaning and a team of hardworking individuals can transform a home for people who truly need help.”
Check out the pictures from the event and see our team in action.