The volunteers make up the service organization Team Depot, and the company takes on several projects throughout the year, said Team Depot Captain Donald Raley.
About 30 volunteers from several Home Depot locations throughout Northwest Georgia, as well as volunteers from the Boys & Girls Club and the Floyd County Teen Center, spent Monday repainting the indoors of the West Rome Boys & Girls Club, which is located at 100 Gadsen St., giving the center a fresh and brighter look.
There were Home Depot employees donating their time from Lithia Springs, Calhoun, Austell, Villa Rica, Hiram and Cedartown, Raley said.
Monday’s service day was even more significant as it took place on a day honoring Martin Luther King Jr,, and Raley said Team Depot chose the Boys & Girls Club in West Rome because it was becoming increasingly drab.
“(A)bout a year ago they asked us for some help on it,” he said, adding that it takes time to pull the event together. “Today is Martin Luther King Day, so we’re doing what we call a community service project. It’s a day of service.”
Michelle Ruper, manager of The Home Depot in Rome, said was an honor for her and her employees to be able to lend a hand to the club.
“I think, in general, Home Depot has a strong philosophy of giving back to the community,” Ruper said. “So, although this was just one of so many different projects in Floyd County, these folks do a lot of good things for our youngsters. It’s just a privilege to be able to support the folks and the staff when they’re doing such a great thing for the children in our community.”
CaDerica Dorsey, 15, and Brishauna Griffin, 17, both members of the Boys & Girls Club, said they felt good being able to clean up their community.
“We’re doing this to help the community and make it a better place to come to,” said Dorsey.
Sharon McCormick, a Depot Team leader, said it was a blessing to be able to do something that would benefit the local kids.
“We just feel like this is a way to give back to the community,” she said. “I know it sounds trite and it’s been said before, but it really and truly is, and it’s something for the kids. It’s all about the children.”
McCormick added that she was thrilled some of the teens decided to volunteer on the holiday when they were out of school.
“We have some of them volunteering now; we thought that would be a good idea, because it instills in them a sense of pride and accomplishment,” she said. “And it’s like they own it now. We’re helping and they’re helping.”
Sharmon Turner, development director of the Boys & Girls Club, was excited and grateful Team Depot chose their location.
“Home Depot is a company that’s so dedicated to their local community and we are so grateful to all these volunteers,” she said. “These are employees that are giving their time and they’re coming here to volunteer. That’s an incredible contribution of time and energy and collaboration. We are very, very grateful to them.”