Business owners volunteer at Raleigh community center in remembrance of 9/11
Posted September 10, 2014 5:04 p.m. EDT
Updated September 10, 2014 6:57 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — In the last few years, Sept. 11 has transitioned from a day of mourning to a national day of service. This year, a husband and wife served their community one day early in the hopes of motivating others to do the same.
Robin and Bruce Foster, owners of Mr. Handyman of western Wake County, and three of their technicians visited the Garner Road Community Center in Raleigh on Wednesday to volunteer their construction and maintenance services, including power-washing the facility, fixing plumbing, drywall repairs and more.
The center, at 2235 Garner Road, provides social, cultural, educational and sports programs for Wake County children, families and adults. About 300 children and more than 20 organizations use the center throughout the year. Outreach programs also operate out of the facility.
“We realized how much contribution there was by the first responders, and this gives the everyday person the opportunity to give back and kind of recognize the sacrifice they made,” said Bruce Foster.
Mo Johnson, director of the center, says the wear and tear on the center was obvious and he is grateful for the help. The center does not have the financial resources to make building repairs regularly, he said.