Ro­tary Club to help re­pair Boys & Girls Club house

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com By JES­SICA IANNETTA

NORTH EAST — With the days get­ting longer, the Ro­tary Club of North East is gear­ing up for some spring clean­ing.

Vol­un­teers will be at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ce­cil County’s North East club­house on Satur­day and Sun­day to help with some much-needed re­pairs and re­fur­bish­ments to the build­ing. Vol­un­teers can at­tend one or more of the four ses­sions, held from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Satur­day and Sun­day, said Deb­bie Gib­son, a Ro­tar­ian who is help­ing to or­ga­nize the ef­fort.

The var­i­ous projects the ro­tary hopes to com­plete in­clude both in­te­rior and ex­te­rior paint­ing jobs, in­stalling laminate floor­ing, putting in down­spouts and re­mov­ing bushes, as well as gen­eral house and yard clean­ing, Gib­son said.

“There are projects for all dif­fer­ent skill sets from light car­pen­try to just of­fer­ing moral sup­port,” she said.

The club is also hop­ing to raise about $500 to fund the re­pairs to the house, lo­cated at 114 E. Ce­cil Ave., and is ac­cept­ing do­na­tions through its web­site. Three lo­cal busi­nesses, Ben­jamin Lum­ber Com­pany, Builders Sur­plus Cen­ter, Inc. and Lowe’s, have also do­nated to­ward the project, Gib­son added.

The Ro­tary Club of North East de­cided to get in­volved with this project af­ter BGCCC in­terim di­rec­tor Derek DeWitt gave a pre­sen­ta­tion about the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s needs to the club in March. The North East Boys & Girls Club cur­rently meets next door to the house at North East Mid­dle School, but once all the re­pairs are com­pleted, the house will be used for “spe­cific, tar­geted pro­grams,” mostly fo­cused on lead­er­ship and team­work, DeWitt said.

Cur­rently, the house is used for stor­age and of­fice space, DeWitt added. Sev­eral other or­ga­ni­za­tions have also ex­pressed in­ter­est in help­ing with re­pairs to the house, and DeWitt hopes all the work can be com­pleted by mid-May or at least sum­mer­time, he said.

“We’re ex­tremely ex­cited that mem­bers of our com­mu­nity are pitch­ing in and mak­ing sure we can pro­vide these es­sen­tial ser­vices to the com­mu­nity, be­cause they are es­sen­tial,” DeWitt said.

So far, the club only has work ses­sions sched­uled for this week­end, but Gib­son said they would sched­ule more if the need arose.

“I’m sure there will al­ways be a need,” she said. “I would love to see the re­fur­bish­ment days con­tinue ev­ery spring.”

Any­one with ques­tions or who is in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing for the re­fur­bish­ment or in other ways can con­tact the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ce­cil County at 410-920-7763 or my­bgccc.org.

Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about this week­end’s re­fur­bish­ment work is also avail­able at the Ro­tary Club of North East’s web­site, ro­taryclubofnorth­east.org, where peo­ple can do­nate to the club’s ef­fort or sign up for any of the four ser­vice ses­sions.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IANNETTA

The Ro­tary Club of North East will be hold­ing sev­eral vol­un­teer ses­sions at the the Boys & Girls Club of North East house on Satur­day and Sun­day.

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