GALLIPOLIS — In effort to give back to the community in which they reside, the residents and staff of the Gallipolis Developmental Center (GDC) were volunteering their time on Wednesday afternoon helping to clean the Pine Street Cemetery.
Wednesday’s volunteerism was a part of an new program at the developmental center known as “GDC Gives Back” and is just the first of many projects that the clients and employees of GDC hope to accomplish as a way to care for their community.
According to Matt Easter, the residential care supervisor in charge of activities at GDC, after speaking with Gallipolis City Manager Randy Finney about what a group of individuals wishing to give back to the community could do to help the city, the city manager reported on the need to clean grave monuments within the city’s cemeteries.
Easter reported that the clients were eager to volunteer their time and get out into the community during their regular relaxation period in order to clean the cemetery just in time for the Fourth of July holiday.
“The public comes and helps us, so we wanted to come back and do something for the public,” Easter said. “This is our way of giving back to the community.”
Finney reported that the assistance of GDC or any other organization is a great help to the workers within the city, who have to care for a large number of monuments within the city’s cemeteries.
“With the amount of stones that we do have to take care of, it has been a huge help for them to come out and help clean those for us because the grass gets on there and will not come off after you weed-eat without having to wipe them off or brush them off. They have been a tremendous help to us,” Finney said. “It is a great program and anybody who would like to help us out with different projects, I think it’s great.”