April Yarbor, a realtor at the Tracy office, said she and her coworkers picked the Boys and Girls Clubs as a way to help children in town.
“Some people wanted to do something close to the kids,” Yarbor said. “I just love to give back to programs that may be having a hard time with funding. In the long run, it helps everyone.”
The Tracy realty group, 1912 W. Grant Line Road, and 18 other offices in the Central Valley and Bay Area closed for a day to volunteer in their communities.
While some of the local volunteers cleaned rooms at the Richard O. Hastie-Monte Vista Clubhouse at 753 W. Lowell Ave., others took up paintbrushes and rollers to repaint windowsills and doors. They also weeded a planter box and added new plants.
“Sometimes everyone needs a little extra help,” Yarbor said.
Rebeca Henriquez, an agent concierge at Prudential, was busy scrubbing a row of tables and chairs with disinfectant around 10:30 a.m.
“I like to help where I can,” Henriquez said. “It’s important with the flu season coming up to give the kids a healthy place to play. I love it that our company has taken the time to close the offices and give back to the communities that they are in.”
Another group of Prudential workers read to children from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tracy programs at McKinley Elementary and South/West Park schools.
Kelly Wilson, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tracy, said volunteers are always welcome.
“Any time we have a group from the community help, it frees up funds that we can use toward our programs,” Wilson said. “The deep cleaning, touch-up painting on wear and tear — normally, this gets addressed once a year. We want this to be the best possible place for the kids.”
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