Recently, the firm was able to serve the community at two locations during its Summer Serve Day. We had groups serving at Cornerstone Schools of Alabama and the Rotary Trail.
Cornerstone is a non-profit, Christian school for Birmingham’s inner-city students. The school was established over 25 years ago to prevent the cycle of poverty by providing a world-class education to students with no school choice. Their mission has remained constant over those last 25 years, the school focuses on developing compassionate young people in a Christ-centered learning community that’s committed to academic excellence and character development.
The school employs an excellent staff, but there is only so much time during summer break for them to get ready for the first day and they do not have a full-time maintenance person. We came in to help lighten their load and knock off a few items on their wish list. Our crew possessed a wide variety of skillsets so we were able to help teachers prepare their classrooms by hanging chalk and dry erase boards, moving materials and furniture, and using a little elbow grease to clean the rooms and hallways.
The Rotary Trail is located in downtown Birmingham, connecting the 19-acre Railroad Park and the Sloss Furnaces, a National Historic Landmark. The trail was a gift to the city of Birmingham and larger community by the Rotary Club of Birmingham as its Centennial project, where they transformed a vacant railroad right-of-way, or “cut,” into a beautiful walking/running/biking pathway. To help the city maintain the trail, members of the Founders team got their hands dirty helping trim the landscaping, pulling weeds, blowing leaves, and picking up garbage.
The day was topped off with both groups reconvening over delicious meal at Moe’s BBQ in Lakeview, where it was nice to step back and take in the camaraderie among our group.