The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County's 12 Months of Caring, an initiative which links community projects to volunteers from local businesses, descended upon Chautauqua Adult Day Care's Present Center, where employees from Cummins spent a day painting rooms in preparation for the center's grand reopening on Monday.
"We're fortunate to have businesses in the community helping us help others," said Karen Lucks, associate director at Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers Inc. "It was a group effort and the final touch that made it possible was the volunteer support from Cummins Engine through United Way's 12 Months of Caring."
Other projects conducted in preparation for the reopening included; the purchase and installation of new windows by First Baptist Church and the purchase of new furniture through a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The Present Center is a day program for older adults with Alzheimer's disease and memory loss. It had been closed for several months for renovations, and is now ready to open its doors once again to help older adults and caregivers in the community.
Pictured, from left are: Melanie Teculver, Don Darr and Jody Bevacqua from Cummins with Karen Lucks and Frank Bercik from Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers Inc., for United Way’s 12 Months of Caring.
"During this month of thanksgiving, we're thankful for companies like Cummins," said Tory Irgang, executive director at United Way of Southern Chautauqua County. "The company really does care about this community, and that's what makes 12 Months of Caring so special. It fills the project needs of our local nonprofits, while at the same time giving volunteers the opportunity to experience what it truly means to live united."
Angie Peck is the director for community involvement at Cummins Inc. She said the company has a long history of corporate volunteerism.
"Most of our employees live in this community, and it's important that they give back in one way or another," Peck said. "That's why Cummins allows each employee to use four hours of work time to volunteer. We understand the importance of, not just providing employment for individuals, but also providing the opportunity to make a difference."
United Way of Southern Chautauqua County's 12 Months of Caring kicked off in October, when employees from Wegmans spent a day cleaning up The Relief Zone in Frewsburg, a organization that provides before and after school programming for local youth.
For more information about 12 Months of Caring, or to register your business for a volunteer project, please call United Way of Southern Chautauqua County at 483-1561 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.