Bainbridge Home Depot partners with local veterans to revamp community center
Published 4:59 pm Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Bainbridge’s American Legion Post 502 is receiving a facelift.
With help from Home Depot and the Ladies Auxiliary Unit, the post’s makeover started with the exterior and the next phase will revamp the interior.
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“What we’re trying to do with partnering with the Home Depot is becoming more community involved,” Post commander John Marshall said. “One way of doing that is beautifying the property by doing some landscaping work. Planting flowers, cleaning the place, beautifying the place, making it more curb appealing to people and making it more conducive to the community wanting to make use of the facility.”
Post 502 received a grant through Home Depot’s Community Grant Foundation, which helped pay for the garden work including new plants and wooden edging. Staff from Home Depot also pitched in a much-needed hand to spruce up the gardens and property surrounding the post. The building will also receive a fresh coat of paint.
“Home depot played a very important role,” Marshall said. “They helped us to finance this, provide materials we needed, getting donations from some of their vendors and coming out and actually doing the work. They brought a whole team of thirty-some odd people out here to help.”
Marshall added that putting in the work to revamp the post inside and out will allow them to better serve the community and local veterans.
“Making the building more conducive to community involvement and veterans families,” Marshall said. “Sharing this facility with the community- birthday parties, family reunions, social events of that nature.”
With the exterior work mostly finished the next step will be to work on the interior.
“Replacing old light fixtures, old doors, redoing the floor, all the old stuff,” Marshall said. “Have an outlet for people to have a nice place to visit and enjoy themselves.”
Marshall thanked Bainbridge Home Depot store manager Billy Kang and district manager George Galligan for helping to make the project a reality.