Alan Leimkuehler of USBank said that earlier this year, he'd contacted YMCA Executive Director Jeff Snyder to see if there was a way the bank could help with a volunteer effort, and they worked together to outline the project.
When project day came, 19 USBank volunteers pitched in, with five working a half-day, and the other 14 putting in a whole day, for a total of 132 hours of volunteer work.
Leimkeuhler said employees brought their own wheel barrows, hoes, shovels, rakes, brooms, pruning shears, chain saws and miscellaneous other yard equipment and accomplished a wide variety of groundwork at the facility.
"We trimmed up all the trees in the center island, raising all the tree limbs. This was a large job in and of itself as we moved many truckloads of limbs. A special thanks to Margaret Bond for the use of her pickup truck for this purpose," Leimkuehler said.
Volunteers also painted the sign in the island area as well as the sign adjacent to the exit road on West Highland, edged all of the walks and curbs around the center island and out the exit street to the south, swept all of the curb areas and hauled away debris and helped David Vickers finish his Eagle Scout project by leveling the ground around the newly poured sidewalk and trash dumpster pad and spreading grass seed.
Volunters also hauled dirt to various low spots on the property and filled more than 20 old light post holes with concrete, cleaned up all the raised garden beds used by the YMCA youth to raise gardens this past summer and prepared those for next spring.
In addition, "We power washed the front walkway to the main building and finally, we walked the entire property picking up trash and other debris," Leimkuehler said.
Leimkuehler noted that USBank encourages employees to volunteer in the communities where they live and work. Toward this end, the bank provides each full-time employee with the opportunity to volunteer for eight hours during normal working hours, once each year.
"Of course employees are encouraged to volunteer outside of normal work hours as well and many do through various community events and not for profit organizations. Since the outside work day, William Burns from our Information Technology work also has volunteered during work hours to help get the Y's computer system functioning efficiently," for example, Leimkuehler said.
Participating employees in no particular order, are: Nick Cable. Monica Earll, Kimberly Buller, Nicole Phelan, Karhla Baker, Nancy Dodge, Margaret Bond, Jay Bower, Jamie Walker, Brent Bierer, Tanya Worthington, Cheryl Gallagher, Lori Warden, Mickie Beisner, Paige Ellis, Claudia Hardison, Michelle Barker, Ashile Neal and Alan Leimkuehler.