Colorful murals, a new baseball field, a safer playground and beautiful landscaping greet the children served by the A.R. "Gus" Barksdale Boys & Girls Club in Conyers, Ga., thanks to a volunteer effort by CSX. The shipping company joined with nonprofit organization City Year on Feb. 5, 2013, to donate time, effort and equipment, transforming the club into a bright, inviting and inspiring place for kids.
Romano de Simone, CSX director of Hazardous Material Systems, and Raghu Chatrathi, director of Environmental Remediation and Advanced Technology, talk in this video about how the annual event not only improves the community, but provides a morale-boosting reward for participants. The service day coincided with CSX's three-day annual Public Safety and Environment Conference.
More than 350 employees, contractors and consultants who work with CSX throughout the year joined the company, City Year and volunteers to build picnic tables, paint new playground graphics, add shelving and make other improvements to the Boys & Girls Club. Many participants brought their own trucks and equipment to assist in the makeover.
"This CSX City Year Event will just have a 'pop' for our community," says Terence Artis, executive director of the A.R. "Gus" Barksdale Boys & Girls Club. "We're able to do so many things and open up so many doors for all the kids that need our services. It if wasn't for companies like CSX, donating their time, efforts and donations, it wouldn't be possible."