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RED volunteers help Center at Charles Place

Day of service makes difference

POSTED: May 11, 2014 12:05 a.m.
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Josh Brandes uses tape to make some lines for a new shuffleboard court at the Center at Charles Place. Realtors and office staff of Keller Williams Realty Community Partners, along with several of their vendors, spent the day volunteering at the Center.

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NORTH FORSYTH — Red was the color of the day Thursday at the Forsyth County Senior Center.

Realtors and office staff of Keller Williams Realty Community Partners, along with several of their vendors, spent the day volunteering at the Center at Charles Place, next door to the Cumming Library.

The help of about 50 volunteers was offered through Keller Williams’ annual RED Day, in which employees of the organization fan out in their communities around the world for a day of service.

Started in 2009, RED stands for Renew, Energize and Donate. It’s held every second Thursday in May.

Among the work done by volunteers at the center was rebuilding several picnic tables, organizing a library area and storage shed, repainting a shuffle board court and installing a putting green.

In addition, they also spent time interacting with the seniors during a dance party, bingo and trivia times.

Kerry Rosewall, a Charles Place employee, said the volunteers were a big help.

“It’s just incredible. It means a lot to us because we get the benefit of their labor and their enthusiasm … and they get to enjoy the fun of it,” said Rosewall, adding that without volunteers like those from Keller Williams the seniors wouldn’t have as many benefits as they do.

“We [as staff] are busy and we’re on a budget, so it’s nice when we have this extra help that comes in from the generosity of these companies.”

Tamra Atkinson, one of the seniors who often visits the center, said she and her friends always look forward to having outside guests visit.

“It just brightens our day and take away the monotony of every day, day-to-day stuff,” she said. “We kind of get lost in our own cultures and our own time frames, and when we have younger people come in, it’s just wonderful and it just means so much to us.”

The volunteers also seemed to enjoy the day.

“We just want to give back,” said Lori Chapman, a real estate agent. “Our whole community is built around helping the community and … we just like to take this day for our whole company to focus on service because it is such a big part of our business.”

Added Corey Milford, another agent: “Just being able to give back to the community and help is why I do it, why I enjoy it. Just being able to help out and help people who maybe can’t help themselves is important.”


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