The sun came out just in time for a big crew from Turner Construction Company to tackle a variety of outdoor projects at The Salvation Army Eagle Creek Corps Community Center of Indy’s northwest side. More than a dozen employees volunteered time and materials as part of a national celebration of the 114th anniversary of the company’s Founders’ Day. In Indiana and across the country, employees from all departments partnered up with local agencies to help make their community better with a day of service.
At the Eagle Creek Corps, flower beds were edged, rose bushes trimmed, bushes planted, and dozens of bags of mulch spread around the property. One of the bigger jobs of the day was the clearing of sod and construction of raised beds for the corps’ community garden. Thanks to Turner’s donation of wood, soil, and labor, The Salvation Army was able to triple the size of the garden for the 2016 growing season.
“This is almost invaluable to us,” says Captain Jonathan Cooper, corps officer at the Eagle Creek facility. “We harvest weekly out of our community garden and all that food goes straight to our food pantry. It goes right out to those who need it – mostly to those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford vegetables.”
Tiffiny Summers, Community & Citizenship Director of Turner’s office in Indianapolis was working side-by-side with her co-workers, turning soil in last year’s garden beds and helping to clean gutters around the expansive corps building.
“A shared day of service helps us maximize the impact that our efforts have in the communities where we build and where we live,” Tiffiny shares. “The single-day rally is a great opportunity to build on the many community service activities and outreach events our people organize throughout the year. The diverse variety of events we have planned reflects the incredible commitment of our people and their passions, as well as the diverse needs of our communities.”
As the new garden beds began to take shape, a truckload of soil arrived to put the finishing touch on the expanded space that would soon be sprouting tomatoes, sweet corn, Swiss chard, cucumbers, eggplants, and other fresh produce to help local families facing increased food needs during the summer months.
Major Bob Webster, Indiana Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army, stopped by to thank the hard-working crew and admire their efforts. “Turner is a world-wide company that has a very strong local presence, and they love The Salvation Army, and they wanted to help,” he explains. “I want to thank Tiffiny for making this possible. What they are doing today is just wonderful and will help so many people in this community.”