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Volunteers renovate United Way House
By AMANDA HARRISON
For a community organization that always gives, they’ve now been the recipient of another group’s kindness.
Christmas in April of Calvert County replaced the 25-year-old vinyl floor in the United Way of Calvert County House, with all supplies and labor donated by W.H. Lloyd Construction LLC, Caves to Castle Remodeling and Christmas in April.
“For a long time we’ve needed flooring,” said Sherri Gedridge, director of operations for UWCC. “They graciously did this.”
UWCC lends its conference space and kitchen out to partner agencies, like Christmas in April, for community events and board meetings at no cost, a UWCC press release states. The organization also provides “inexpensive rental space” for local groups, such as Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth, the release said.
“After noticing the ‘rustic’ quality of the flooring in the kitchen and entranceway, Christmas in April generously offered to replace the well-worn 25-year-old vinyl with new tile laminate,” the release said.
Gedridge said that before she knew it, the floors were completed. “It makes the place a nicer place to be,” she said. “It’s more inviting for our agencies.”
Bill Lloyd, Christmas in April Board of Directors’ president, said the board noticed the house needed some upgrades, so he, another contractor on the board and volunteers got together to make it happen.
“We decided it was time to give back,” Lloyd explained.
Lloyd said he knows there are some other needs around the UWCC House the volunteers are going to see “if we can do something about.”
“It’s just a very rewarding experience,” Lloyd said.
Kelly Chambers, president and CEO of UWCC, said in the press release, “We’ve been blessed this year with the expansion of our parking lot … a paved patio … and now a new look to our kitchen.”