CTC, GE host fourth annual Community Day

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Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. By Patricia Beech-Students from the Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center (OVCTC) partnered with employees from the General Electric Test Facility in Peebles to work on several projects across Adams County for the fourth annual Community Day on Friday, May 10.About 200 students and teachers from the CTC participated along with 50 GE volunteers. Local leaders, businesses, and county organizations also provided volunteers.Alicia Sowards, Language Arts instructor at the CTC, spearheaded the event.She said her goal was to accomplish as much as possible during the day-long event.“We were able to visit more locations this year, so it was a lot bigger event then last year,” Sowards told the Defender. “We also had even more community involvement from groups who provided lunch for our volunteers.”Sowards said the day-long volunteer event allows students to show their appreciation by giving back to the community.“They understand that in giving back to their community they’re also building a better future themselves and others,” she said. “You can see that in the quality of the work they do on our community service day.”This year students spent the entire day at their project locations, stopping only long enough to have lunch.“By staying at each location for the entire day we were able to give back even more, and accomplish even more” says Sowards. “We’ve had nothing but positive feedback from all the locations we visited.The volunteers worked at several locations including:  Peebles Outreach Center; the Sinking Springs Community Center; the Adams County Fair Grounds; the Buckeye Trail; the Homeless Shelter here in West Union; Wilson’s Childrens Home; Manchester Future Bike Park; Christian School in West Union; St. Vincent DePaul House; the Interfaith House; the Adams County Regional Medical Center; the Winchester Community Garden; and the Courthouse in West Union.Char Brown, Director of the Adams County Homeless Shelter, said the work done by the students and other volunteers has a powerful impact on the agency she oversees.The homeless shelter is a 16-bed facility that has served the Adams County community for over two decades. It provides space for men, women, and families who have been made homeless through financial calamity, domestic violence, and natural disasters such as floods and fires.The volunteers did landscape work and helped repair the shelter’s eaves troughs, but Brown says their work does more than just improve the grounds and facilities.The time volunteers spend working at the shelter translates to dollar amounts that help the shelter meet its matching grant obligations, according to Brown.“A volunteer’s time is worth $10 an hour,” she told the Defender. “Food donations and clothes donations – which are valued at comparable Goodwill prices – are all given a dollar value we can claim to meet our matching fund requirements.”Local small businesses – NAPA Auto Parts, Black Diamond, Comac Foods, BK Scoop, St. Vincent Ladies Group, and Moyer Restaurant provided lunch for the volunteers. Save A-Lot in West Union, First Stop, and Winchester Whole Sale provided bottled water.Participating students included: Skills USA students, FFA students, and FCLA students.Anyone wanting to participate in the 2020 Community Service Day event should contact Alicia Sowards at the CTC.Students from the Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center plus volunteers from GE worked at the Adams County Homeless Shelter as part of the May 10 Community Day event. (Provided photo)last_img read more