By Kristin Rover
More than a dozen Duke Energy volunteers got their hands dirty June 13 to help spruce up the Stonelick State Park campground.
Mark Penn, a campground attendant at Stonelick State Park, said the park applied for a grant through Duke Energy to receive materials to complete the improvements which included staining buildings at the campground, painting playground equipment, trimming trees, and more.
Penn said that having the volunteers help clean up the campground is wonderful.
“All I can say is it is a blessing,” Penn said.
He said he feels that making improvements to the campground encourages guests to continue coming back.
Warren Walker, district manager of community and government relations at Duke Energy, said the Duke allows employees to participate in optional volunteer events each year.
“This is an organized, corporate-wide event,” Walker said. “It kicks off with Earth Day, and from Earth Day until late June any employee can contribute hours.”
Walker said Duke Energy recognizes that volunteering is a tool that can be used to enhance the communities for residents who live, work and play there.
Walker said in addition to about 30 volunteers with Duke Energy, employees with Wayne Township Fire Department, Friends of Stonelick State Park, and Lewis Tree Company donated time to help with the cleanup efforts.
Beverly Bockrath, with Duke Energy, said she takes a day once a year to volunteer.
“I think it’s important,” Bockrath said about volunteering. “I think everyone should pitch in and help in the community. It would make it a better place.”
Hannah Schwab, a cadet with Wayne Township Fire Department, said she enjoys giving the community a hand and helping out.
Kim Timmons, with Duke Energy, said if you want a better community you need volunteers.
“I love to help the community,” Timmons said. “That is my passion.”