Rotary Club to help repair Boys & Girls Club house
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.
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.