posted on May 16, 2012 15:03
Volunteers were out working hard all across Genesee County Wednesday for the United Way Day of Caring.
The event is aimed toward giving back to the community and just about 300 volunteers ready and willing to work showed up at Dwyer Stadium for the kick off ceremony Wednesday morning.
Some volunteers teamed up with the Genesee ARC, Adam Miller Toy and Bike and The Batavia Lions Club to rebuild bicycles for children in need.
Lions Club Volunteer Elizabeth Saleh said the bikes were collected while the ARC was picking up the recycling in town.
"So we're trying to use some bikes for parts and other bikes to get fixed up so that they can use them for clients at the ARC. We're hoping to get 25 bikes out of a total of 50 that they've gotten together," said Saleh.
Volunteer Pierluigi Cipollone was working on a bike perfectly fit for a little girl when WBTA interviewed him. Cipollone said the outcome of the project will be very rewarding.
"It's just a great feeling; I used to work on bikes when I was a kid. Doing something for a little kid and giving him a bike that he doesn't have right now makes you feel good," said Cipollone.
The Genesee ARC will close out the project by giving three bikes to 2 boys and 1 young man involved with the ARC.
St. Joseph School also received some help Wednesday with landscaping. School Principal Karen Green said she is very thankful for the effort put in by volunteers from Genesee Community College.
"It's absolutely wonderful having about 10 people here we were able to weed and mulch almost all of the flower beds around here and also get the playground mulched so that it's safe for our kids to play in during the spring and summer months, so it's just fantastic," said Green.
Green said usually the work is done by parent volunteers and it takes weeks to get the work done.