By : Nora Chisnell
October 02, 2015 12:27 PM
On Tuesday, September 29, over 140 NCR volunteers made improvements to the Salvation Army Bellwood Boys & Girls Club. Along with our hometown customer, the Atlanta Falcons and future neighbor, Georgia Institute of Technology, they partnered to bring curb appeal and make improvements to the facility near the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, future home of the Atlanta Falcons and new Atlanta United soccer team.
Inside, the club has first-class facilities such as a gym, classrooms, swimming pool, professional kitchen, game rooms and more. But outside, with its plain beige façade, it could be mistaken for a warehouse. NCR employees and Atlanta Falcons players, Paul Worrilow, Desmond Trufant, Matt Bryant, Devonta Freeman and staff and Georgia Tech students transformed the facility by painting murals inspired by the children’s own artwork. They also painted the swimming pool room, reading nooks and bookshelves, and built picnic tables.
It was a very rainy day, and 20 volunteers in both the morning and afternoon shifts trimmed trees and planted garden beds. They were wet and muddy, but happy to make a difference.
Additionally, the volunteers played games with the children who attend the Boys and Girls Club after school and took instant photos with the children and players, who then autographed the pictures.
"We are so grateful for the opportunity to partner with NCR and the Falcons in this beautification project of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta - Bellwood Club,” says Leisa Smith, Executive Director, Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta. “The time and dedication given means a lot to the community and the children of Vine City and English Avenue area."
“NCR is continuing its proud 131-year history of philanthropy in the communities where we live and work. NCR Foundation is a proud sponsor and partner with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, I’m excited our employees will directly support the Bellwood Club, deepening our partnership and our impact in Atlanta neighborhoods,” added Yvonne N. Whitaker, NCR Foundation administrator.
This is just one of many ways NCR gives back. To date, more than 12,000 NCR employees have volunteered in over 120 global service events. We have donated over 500 pints of blood in the US, Ghana, France, and India. We raised funds to find a cure for childhood cancer, to provide disaster relief, and for ALS research. And we’ve fed the hungry in Canada, Israel, and the US.