This August, more than 100 CSX volunteers joined City Year and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance to rebuild Rangers Field in McKees Rocks. The project is a part of CSX’s Beyond Our Rails program, a commitment from CSX to the communities where it operates to help improve quality of life through grassroots volunteerism and corporate giving.
Andre Smith explains, “We like to let people know that we do care about you and that we’re going to continue to do this in various communities and do our best to try to get to as many places as possible.”
The volunteers donated a combined total of 618 hours of service to create a nicer, safer and greener play area for the community.
Rangers Field has served as home to a semi-pro football team, the Sto-Rox Rangers, and the Little Vikings Youth Sports.
By the end of the day, the hardworking volunteers had re-painted the ballground’s entrance sign and mural-back benches, installed a wheelchair-accessible path, mulched the park’s playground, renovated its bleachers and built brand new picnic tables, benches and flower planters.
The group also resurfaced two softball fields for local players.
It was more than just love of the game that motivated these volunteers to sweat over playgrounds, pathways and picnic benches.
“We’re here today really because we work in the community and we want to make sure that we can really help the community through our efforts,” says Dina Coppola of CSX.
CSX’s friends and fellow volunteers from City Year, an AmeriCorps national service program that unites youth of all backgrounds for a year of fulltime service, took notice.
“What I love about CSX employees and CSX volunteers is they are ready to go, they’re ready to dive in,” says City Year’s Taylor Ferguson. “They’re hardworking all day. They don’t want to stop until it’s finished.”
The McKees Rocks Rangers Field was donated 50 years ago to serve the surrounding community. But the donors had one condition – that it remain a thriving field and play area. The efforts of CSX, City Year and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance assure that promise can continue to be kept.
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.