Volunteers help complete cemetery project

November 15th, 2013    Author: Administrator    Filed Under: News

Alan Goderwis, left, Tiffany Groen, center and Russell Akred, far right, install a cobblestone walkway at Odd Fellows Cemetery Nov. 8. Home Depot employees volunteered to help with the second phase of the veterans memorial project in the cemetery.

By Kristin Rover
Sun staff

More than 100 volunteers from Home Depot got up early, and got their hands dirty Nov. 7 installing a brick walkway at Odd Fellows Cemetery.

The walkway will lead to a veterans memorial in the cemetery, and it is phase two of an improvement project, according to Mayor Todd Hart.

Home Depot volunteers completed phase one of the project, which included straightening headstones and cleaning up the cemetery, in April.

“Today they are doing a cobble stone walkway and pad for the gun,” Mayor Hart said about the project.

Hart said there are around 11,000 stones that need to be put in place to complete the walkway.

Volunteers from Home Depot locations across Greater-Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky arrived at the cemetery at 8 a.m. Nov. 7 to begin the project and worked most of the day.

Ray Stultz, department supervisor for Home Depot, said they expected about 120 volunteers throughout the day.

He said the company enjoys giving back to the community.

“We are just trying to help the community in whatever way we can,” Stultz said.

Stultz said the company has also completed volunteer projects in Moscow. He said they also like to see projects through to their completion.

“It’s not just a one time deal for us,” Stultz said.

Employees with Home Depot said participating in volunteer activities is rewarding.

“Being a veteran and making a memorial for veterans feels good,” Jon Jones, of Cincinnati, said.

Hart said the entire project began with a phone call from Home Depot officials wanting to get involved in the community.

From there, the company loaned equipment and employees donated their time to help with the project and Stultz said they aren’t stopping with phase two.

“It’s awesome to have this many people who care this much about the community and the veterans,” Hart said.

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