Volunteers transform Potomac Center grounds

June 30, 2012

Volunteer Washington County recently facilitated a partnership between a local business, a nonprofit organization, a state of Maryland agency and private citizens to find a solution to an issue in the community through volunteer efforts.  

The Potomac Center, which provides care to adults with intellectual disabilities, is a state-funded agency and was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Lowe’s Heroes Project. 

Lowe’s employees volunteered their time to transform the grounds of the Potomac Center, revamping all of the landscaping, installing a water garden and building therapeutic gardens with the goal of improving the lives of the people who live there.

“With the barebones state of the Maryland budget, there is not money to improve the grounds,” said Cathy Marshal, chief executive officer of the Potomac Center.

Marshal said Lowe’s is providing “outside therapeutic space that will contribute to the healing of those entrusted to our care.”

According to Curt Byrum and Bill Cosner, store managers of the Lowe’s stores on Shank Farm Way and Wesel Boulevard, respectively, Lowe’s wants to give back to the communities in which they do business. 

According to its website, Lowe’s believes in “transforming lives one community at a time.” 

The Lowe’s volunteer program, which began more than 10 years ago, encourages employees to team together to take on a volunteer project with a local nonprofit organization while the company provides the materials. 

This year, Lowe’s donated about $3,000 in materials, and 23 employee volunteers donated labor valued at $4,729.95. 

The county volunteer group has been asked to work with store human resources managers to prepare a report that might bring additional funds to the county.

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