Working with the non-profit organization City Year, transportation company CSX made improvements to the entire property of the Warren/Holyfield Boys & Girls Club in Atlanta. The event, which took place on February 28, 2012, brought out more than 120 volunteers to revitalize the gymnasium, playground and other areas of the center, giving it a clean, bright and inviting new look.
Mike Lunsford, CSX Director of Environmental Field Services, talks in this video about how participating in events like this help further the company's mission to be environmentally responsible and to support the communities in which it operates.
"Our group is committed to maintaining our facilities and helping to keep our rail yards safe," says Lunsford. "Whenever we talked about a project like this, where we're making playgrounds safer for kids, that was an easy sell. Our folks volunteered, they all lined up to come out - along with our contractors and many of our consultants."
The volunteers replaced swings and the basketball backstop, cleared brush, mulched the grounds, painted gymnasium bleachers and built benches, cubbies and bookshelves. They even painted murals with inspirational quotes throughout the club.
The service day was part of a three-day Public Safety and Environment conference that provides CSX workers and contractors with training in best safety practices, ethical conduct and teamwork. It was the fourth time in four years that CSX and City Year teamed up in Atlanta to benefit the local community. CSX is a National Leadership Sponsor of City Year, which works to build democracy through volunteer service, civic leadership and social entrepreneurship.
“We are very fortunate," says Gail Johnson, Warren/Holyfield Boys & Girls Club Executive Director. "First of all, the center is much more beautiful, but second, and even more important, it’s safer, especially the playground."
Learn more about how CSX is committed to actively engaging in programs and initiatives designed to make the world a better place at BeyondOurRails.org.