Tuesday September 25, 2012

Last week, volunteers from several local companies pitched in to help renovate the facilities at the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center.

Employees who contributed labor came from Entergy Vermont Yankee, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Bill Gilbert Plumbing, A.L. Tyler; GPI Construction, BC Moving & Storage, F.W. Webb, Perkins Home Center, Triple T Trucking, the Vermont Department of Public Safety and Vermont Probation and Parole.

In addition, Entergy Vermont Yankee donated $10,000 to help pay for materials.

Anyone who has visited the Drop In Center knows the facility gets hammered by almost constant use.

It’s enough for the employees and volunteers just to keep the food flowing in and out of the building, never mind slap on a new coat of paint, rebuild shelving, put up new drywall, repair flooring or fix a set of stairs.

But it is with no surprise that we learned local companies were giving paid-time off to those employees who chipped in to give the Drop In Center its much needed facelift -- that’s just what we do in this neck of the woods.

We think we can state with utmost certainty that many of the people who volunteered to help out were not professional contractors (though obviously some were), but they were willing to step out of their comfort zones to do whatever they could to make the building fresh again.

But, again, that’s what we do around here: Help clean out the muck spread by Tropical Storm Irene; do odd jobs as part of United Way of Windham County’s Day of Caring; as Big Brothers or Big Sisters; walk for the animals or those afflicted by Alzheimer’s, cancer or AIDS; load up the Latchis with bags of groceries; sit as a member of the Restorative Justice Panel; help out seniors with chores around the house; mentor at Turning Point; or hold a hand at hospice.

Let’s just say, volunteering is a natural thing for many of our neighbors, and the reasons for doing so are as varied and complex as those who pitch in to help.

There really is no reason to ask them why they do so, but there are plenty of reasons why we should thank them ... reasons that are as plain as day.

For your selfless dedication to your community, we thank you.