A local branch of a major corporation is lending a hand to Women's Aid in Crisis in Elkins.
Coca-Cola's charity group Coke Cares sponsors a stewardship program, through which Coca-Cola employees help various local organizations. In Elkins, Coke Cares decided to focus its philanthropic efforts on WAIC by helping with some outdoor work.
"We spent 19 hours pressure washing everything and now we are painting everything today," said Terry Layfield, the branch manager for the Coke plant in Elkins.
Alice King, human relations manager for West Virginia’s Coke Cares branch, and Ardy Skidmore, director of Field Stewardship for Coke Cares, work at painting the decks at the WAIC in Elkins. (The Inter-Mountain photo by Chad Clem)
The group has been working on the project since last week, washing, painting and picking up, and hauling away debris.
"The local community has been remarkably helpful," Layfield said. "Subway, Domino's and Geno's have helped feed us, Sherwin-Williams donated the paint, Wal-Mart donated the painting supplies and 84 Lumber donated materials for a picket fence. Everyone has been exceptional and very willing to help."
"Our mission statement is 'Honor God, Serve Others,'" said Ardy Skidmore, director of field stewardship. "This project allows us to help the people at Women's Aid in Crisis and we are happy to do it."
The group has partnered with other national charities like the Ronald McDonald House, and have also helped communities by providing Bible studies, item collections, back-to-school supplies and running food drives around different parts of the country.
The group was expecting to wrap up their work with the WAIC on Wednesday. When finished, the WAIC building will have newly painted fencing, decks and siding, as well as a tidier back porch thanks to the group's efforts.
Women's Aid in Crisis was established in 1979 as a private, non-profit corporation to provide comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in a six-county area. For more information go to waicwv.com or call 304-636-8433.