5.19.17 - Volunteers from PolyOne Corporation partnered with the Lorain County Volunteer Connection to beautify General Johnnie Wilson Park in Lorain on Friday. Projects included pavilion and bench repairs, landscaping and mulching, and refurbishing and painting basketball courts.
General Johnnie Wilson Park is located on the corner of Fulton Road and Plant Street on the city’s south side. The park is the home of the Lorain County Raging Raptors youth football team and offers a welcoming space to neighborhood families.
PolyOne first visited the park in September as part of United Way of Greater Lorain County’s Week of Caring. The Avon Lake based company worked with Lorain County Volunteer Connection – the volunteer center of United Way managed by HandsOn Northeast Ohio – to adopt the park and plan the follow up visit.
“Safe and clean parks are important assets for every community, but they take time, volunteers, and resources to maintain. We’ve enjoyed being part of this ongoing community effort here in Lorain,” said Kyle Rose, PolyOne Corporation’s vice president of corporate communications and a volunteer at Friday’s project. “For companies or individuals who are looking to give back, Lorain County Volunteer Connection really makes it easy. They handle everything from logistics and materials to project opportunities. If you can make the time, they will find the need.”
The project was part of a larger effort by United Way to recognize its 100-year history in Lorain County with a centennial celebration throughout 2017. United Way traces its history in Lorain County to the founding of the Elyria War Chest by Edgar "Daddy" Allen in 1917. The Elyria War Chest combined with six other charities to form what is now known as United Way of Greater Lorain County in 1967.
The goal of the centennial celebration is to honor the founders of United Way, recognize supporters who have contributed to the 100-year legacy, and provide opportunities for the community to get involved.
“PolyOne continues to be a true pillar of our fundraising campaign and a great community partner overall. This project was one way for us to recognize them for their tremendous support, and to provide a meaningful opportunity for their employees to help us take our first step towards the next 100 years of service to our community,” said United Way of Greater Lorain County marketing and development director Ryan Aroney.
The centennial celebration continues Saturday as United Way will partner with Leadership Lorain County for a Spring Day of Caring project at Wilkes Villa in Elyria. Future centennial celebration projects include a June Day of Action on June 24, and the Week of Caring Sept. 10 through Sept. 16.
The centennial celebration will culminate with United Way opening their new Center for Community Transformation building at 642 Broadway Ave. in Lorain this August. An open house reception will be scheduled and announced after completion of the renovation.