Last week many members of the Founders Advisors team volunteered their Saturday to serve the Birmingham community at two locations during its Summer Serve Day. The groups served at Cornerstone Schools of Alabama and the Rotary Trail.
With school starting back next week at Cornerstone Schools of Alabama, the Founders team wanted to help them prepare for a successful upcoming school year. 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 Founders crew possesses a wide variety of skillsets so the team was able to help teachers prepare their classrooms by assembling storage units, moving materials and furniture, repairing damaged fixtures and doors, 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.