United Way helps YMCA with renovation work

Laura Garcia By Laura Garcia

May 18, 2017 at 8:57 p.m.
Updated May 19, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Lisa Griffin, 48, background, and Ginny Stafford, 64, of Mid-Coast Family Services, paint a room at the Barbara Bauer Briggs Family YMCA. More than 30 volunteers helped paint and install 2,000 square feet of flooring during the United Way Mini-Day of Caring on Thursday.

Lisa Griffin, 48, background, and Ginny Stafford, 64, of Mid-Coast Family Services, paint a room at the Barbara Bauer Briggs Family YMCA. More than 30 volunteers helped paint and install 2,000 square feet of flooring during the United Way Mini-Day of Caring on Thursday.   Ana Ramirez for The Victoria Advocate

United Way volunteers spent Thursday morning installing carpet and painting walls at the Barbara Bauer Briggs Family YMCA.

Thirty-four volunteers helped install about 2,000 square feet of flooring in the facility as well as other renovation work.

"They saved us a lot of money today," said Executive Director Chris Seilkop.

He said the goal is to complete the facility renovation by September.

The YMCA is one of 18 area agencies that rely on financial support from the Victoria County United Way.

Executive Director Dolly Stokes called the event a Mini Day of Caring. The nonprofit's big annual volunteer event will be in August.

Volunteers came from UPS, DuPont, Prosperity Bank, Dow Seadrift, Citizens Medical Center, Wells Fargo and RCR Homes.

Zarsky Lumber Company donated supplies.

Volunteers from Perpetual Help Home, Mid-Coast Family Services, Golden Crescent CASA and Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry also participated in the event.

Stokes said volunteer events like this one drive down costs for nonprofit agencies.

The agencies' funds can be spent on other needed services in the community.

"What I see is the volunteers really like doing the projects," Stokes said. "It makes a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate."


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