Seeing red? That was a GOOD thing when around 50 volunteers in red shirts flooded the Krause Children’s Center on May 8th to do some “spring cleaning.” That is quite an understatement when you consider all the work the “RED Day” crew from Keller Williams (KW) accomplished.
This is the fourth year Krause has been treated to a KW RED Day. RED Day (Renew, Energize and Donate) is an initiative of Keller Williams Realty to improve their local communities. Each year, on the second Thursday in May, KW associates participate in a renewal project in the neighborhoods in which they serve.
KW volunteers were greeted by a big banner created by the Krause kids. After Steven Lancaster, Krause’s CEO, thanked the volunteers for coming, they immediately got to work pulling weeds in front of the Center and adding new mulch. They also pulled weeds from our parking beds and covered them with stones, for a much-improved look.
KW’s green-thumbed volunteers got busy planting fresh herbs and vegetables so the kids can enjoy healthy meals all summer long. They also repaired the park benches so the kids have a place to sit outside under the shade.
Meanwhile, back at the gym … another group of volunteers transformed the gym with a couple coats of lively blue paint. Much improved and such a fun and practical color.
For lunch, pizza was provided for all the kids and Krause staff. The volunteers had the opportunity to chat with the kids during this time, which gave the kids a chance to thank the volunteers for the work they were doing and for the pizza.
After lunch, the volunteers who were interested in learning more about Krause were taken on a tour to see one of the units and also find out more about why the kids are placed here. Learning about the kids encouraged many of the Keller Williams staff to want to volunteer and donate to Krause on a regular basis. Many of them were surprised when they heard about the abuse and neglect the kids had experienced.
The Keller Williams volunteers also generously brought bags of toiletries to be given to each new child when they arrive at Krause.
At the end of the day, the KW crew wasn’t done yet, and cleaned debris from the gutters. Then they surprised the kids when a shaved ice (or snow cone) truck arrived. This gave them another chance to chat and get to know some of the kids. It was the perfect ending to a hard day’s work!