More than 65 Lowe’s employees from the Mooresville Customer Support Center stepped away from their offices and computers last week, and picked up paint brushes and tools to update the King Home at Barium Springs Children’s Home.
Some of the Lowe’s workers installed cabinets and shelves in the kitchen and office areas to increase storage, while others painted walls and installed flooring. It was part of a program called Lowe’s Heroes, a companywide volunteer initiative that offers employees the opportunity to work on a project in their neighborhood.
“It’s such a great feeling to be giving back to the community,” said Bryan McDonald, 45, of Statesville. He normally works in the company’s commercial support division, but was busy Monday morning matching bedroom wall switch plates with various colors. “To be able to support a place like this is really special.”
Barium Springs provides a safe home for children through group homes, therapeutic foster care and adoption programs.
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The King Home, built in the 1960s, is a co-ed crisis assessment center for severely traumatized children. It has space for nine residents between the ages of 10-17 who usually stay for 30-45 days while undergoing tests and analysis.
The Lowe’s improvements will provide the children with storage space for games, food and personal items, while also providing the staff with more room to complete paperwork.
“Without Lowe’s, these improvements would not happen” said Toni-Ann Pfeiffer, volunteer coordinator at Barium Springs. “We simply couldn’t afford it. But now we’ll have a great place for these kids to call home.”
Barium Springs officials note state and federal funding has been cut back in recent years, to the point where they operate at an annual $4.8 million deficit, making volunteer work more important than ever.
Founded in 1891, Barium Springs, located between Statesville and Troutman, employs approximately 300 people and served more than 3,000 children and families throughout North Carolina during the last year.