EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Department of Social Services, with donations and guidance from the Lowe’s Heroes Project of El Centro and with the support of more than three dozen community volunteers, held a beautification project event at the Betty Jo McNeece Receiving Home in El Centro on Friday, September 30. The beautification project included planting trees and other foliage, installing new outdoor seating, grilling equipment, painting playground equipment, bench seating, and basketball court.
“It’s a humbling experience to see the dedication to improving the play area for the children and youth in our care displayed by the selfless volunteers that are here to help us today,” said Social Service Director Peggy Price. “The staff here at our children’s home has done a tremendous job with involving the community to support the work we do. The Imperial Valley College Fire Academy cadets were very valuable with today’s project by providing much of the labor and we could not have done any of this without the generous donations of materials, tools, fixtures and staff expertise from Lowe’s.”
The volunteers spent the morning hours planting ten trees that will provide additional shading for the children during outdoor recreational time. Additionally, volunteers cleaned and re-painted playground equipment located throughout the campus, re-painted the basketball court and bench seating, and arranged three newly donated picnic tables.
The Betty Jo McNeece Receiving Home provides temporary emergency shelter to children who have been removed from their homes based on allegations of neglect, abuse or abandonment. At the receiving home, multiple resources are provided to the children, such as educational, medical and casework services.
For more information, contact Social Services Director Peggy Price at (760) 337-6884.