“We’ve got some high level people doing some pretty low level work,” said Lona Courington, director of the Jasper Salvation Army. “It’s not every professional person who would get paint all over them and sweat all day.”
The project is part of the Rotary Club’s Done in a Day program, where members donate eight hours of labor for a charitable project.
“We try to do things that affect the entire community and of course the Salvation Army touches many lives in the community,” said Torrie Grelle, co-chair of the Rotary Club’s Community Service Committee.
Courington said the Rotarians were doing the work that Salvation Army officials could not pay a contractor to do.
Earlier this year, the Rotary Club helped clear out a piece of property across the street from the Salvation Army Service Center. The lot, which was donated by Ernest Crump, helped provide additional parking for the Salvation Army.
The Done in a Day project performed on Friday was meant to get the Salvation Army’s offices ready for a grand opening, which will be held on Sept. 11.
Courington said the Salvation Army has received countless donations of money and labor throughout the last two years. As a result, the center has a new office area, a new food pantry and more storage for the agency’s thrift store.
“I couldn’t tell you how many volunteers have been through here,” she said.
Courington said that because of the hard work from people like the Rotarians, the local Salvation Army helps about 75 struggling families every month.