Volunteers Paint Community Center For National Day Of Service
January 22, 2013
A small army of volunteers organized by Americorps worked Monday — the National Day of Service — to paint the Carver Community Center.
Completely funded by donations, the non-profit Carver Community Center on Jefferson Avenue provides a safe place for children to go after school and during the summer as the center provides meals for 150 to 200 children daily. The center also offers tutoring services for children year round.
“They do good things here for the children,” said volunteer Rico Simmons from Pensacola State College’s Student Government Association. “I’m glad to see the turnout today, Martin Luther King Day. It’s a good thing for the future of the kids.”
Nearly 100 volunteers painted inside the community center, a much needed facelift covering flaking and peeling paint in hallways and classrooms.
“Having a clean environment will make learning easier,” said volunteer Alexis Lugo, SGA member at PSC.
“The kids feel safe here,” Randy Fleming of the Florida Department of Children and Families said. “It’s a place they are going to come to.”
“They serve a lot of kids,” Phylis Gonzelez, ACES program coordinator said. “It was a good project for us.”
In addition to a fresh new look inside, the Carver Community Center is set to receive 20 refurbished computers from the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners, and an individual has volunteered to cover the cost of the center’s internet service for one year.
Groups taking part in Monday’s work at the Carver Community Center included the Pensacola State College SGA, Northwest Florida College, Americorps Coalition of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, the Ministry Village from Olive Baptist Church, Chain Reaction and Habitat for Humanity.
Pictured top: A volunteer paints a window Monday morning at the Carver Community Center in Century. Pictured inset and below: Two of the nearly 100 volunteers that took part in the National Day of Service project. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.