by Lisa Tome
About a dozen county employees gave up their day off on a recent Saturday to give back to the community.
Staffers from Senior Services and Community Transit, Facilities Management, Public Works, and Planning and Zoning and their family members spent six hours on September 20 completing projects in Charlestown.
Krista Gilmore Volunteer/Community Resource Coordinator for the county's Senior Services and Community Transit Department and Teresa Gordon, who coordinates programming for the Elkton Senior Center, led the effort.
This was a Day of Service project for county employees.
The scope of work included planting grasses and shrubs to help with drainage.
Work was completed next to town hall, in Veterans Park and in Footlog Park.
Senior Services and Community Transit received a grant through the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism. Those grant funds paid for the plants and stone which was installed to assist with drainage in Footlog Park. Market Street Cafe donated lunch for the volunteers.
Charlestown Town Commissioner Renee Capano helped coordinate the project on behalf of the Town. Charlestown provided crewmen and vehicles. County facilities loaned some tools for the day.
Gilmore said that once the grant was awarded, there was a small window in which the work had to be completed. The service project guidelines stipulated that the work be done between September 11-28.
Gilmore said that if the grant is renewed, the county staffers will volunteer in another community next year. She also said the day of volunteering worked to foster teamwork between the various county workers.