While staff of Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park were inside the refuge and shelter tending to the hundreds of animals in their care on June 29, a group of 22 Oyster Creek Generating Station employees and their family members were giving the facility exterior a makeover.
Above, a terrific looking makeover thanks to the Exelon volunteers, and at right below, what it looked like before.
As part of Exelon Corporation-sponsored Volunteer Days, the employees left their usual jobs at the power plant for the day to work at Popcorn Park. While there, the group landscaped and hardscaped the fronts of the buildings with shrubbery, railroad ties, mulch and stone. The service became a true community effort with the railroad ties and other materials donated by Home Depot in Lacey, and 25 tons of gray rock and other materials totaling at least $1,000 from Brick-Wall Corporation, also located here in Lacey.
A very big thank you to the volunteers from Exelon, above!
Existing solely on donations, most of Popcorn Park’s resources are dedicated to the animals in the refuge as well as the cats, dogs and other domestic animals at their three shelters, here, in Tinton Falls and in Newark. So, the work completed by Oyster Creek volunteers, along with was a true bonus for this animal advocacy organization.
“In this economy, with our donations down from the past, the monies that the Societies receives go directly to the animals in our care. Very little can be directed to things like sprucing up our buildings’ exteriors,” said AHS/Popcorn Park Executive Director Roseann Trezza. “We are so grateful that the Exelon volunteers shared their time and talents to give our facility a much needed facelift.”
You don’t have to be a company employee to volunteer at Popcorn Park or any of Associated Humane Societies three Animal Care Centers in Forked River, Tinton Falls or Newark. Check out some of our Ways to Help or contact us if you have ideas.