They say first impressions are everything. Faded, peeling and covered with graffiti in some sections, The Salvation Army building in Middletown, Connecticut located at 515 Main Street was in dire need of a fresh paint job.
Thankfully for The Salvation Army, the volunteers from the Congregational Church of South Glastonbury were up to the challenge with paint brushes and rollers at the ready!
“We’re able to give back and provide the maintenance to the building, which will benefit everyone,” said Brian Hollister, a volunteer with the church group.
Lieutenant Jose Hernandez, Corps Officer at the Middletown Salvation Army estimates the building hasn’t been painted in 10 years. His hope is that with a fresh paint job, a new message will be sent to the community.
“It’s a blessing to have such great people who want to help us out so our building can look better and we can give off a positive perception to the community,” said Lieutenant Hernandez. “We are so grateful for the volunteers from the Congregational Church of South Glastonbury for helping us out today.”
Throughout the week, volunteers from the Congregational Church of South Glastonbury sent 16 volunteers to help at three Salvation Army locations. Besides painting the Salvation Army building in Middletown, volunteers were also on hand at The Salvation Army’s Camp CONNRI, located in Ashford, Connecticut, and The Salvation Army’s Hartford Citadel, located at 225 Washington Street.
At Camp CONNRI, volunteers focused their efforts on planting an array of flower beds and spreading fresh mulch at the Camp CONNRI Lodge, which is home to an average of 40 seniors each week during the summer.
At The Salvation Army’s Hartford Citadel, volunteers were busy painting four classrooms and spreading fresh mulch around the flower beds. The classrooms are used for programs such as Sunday School, Women’s Ministries, Music, Dance and the Arts, Grandparents Second Time Around and Celebrate Recovery.
The volunteers from the Congregational Church of South Glastonbury strive to give back to the community as much as possible. They have dedicated an entire week of service to different nonprofit organizations throughout Connecticut.
The Salvation Army is grateful for their time and skills in making our buildings more beautiful inside and out!
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