CSX recently contributed a $2,500 grant toward a school improvement community service project in Huntington, WV. The improvements helped to create a brighter environment that instills a new sense of pride for the students that attend the school.
The grant was part of CSX’s Team Service initiative, a program that provides charitable resources in support of the community service projects that CSX employees are interested in leading within their local communities. Through the Team Service initiative, approved projects qualify for a charitable donation to the associated nonprofit to cover the costs of the volunteer team’s service project. These costs include materials, supplies, and partner organization expenses.
The following excerpt was originally published by WOWK-TV in Charleston, WV on August 8, 2015 by Chase Numbers. Image courtesy of WOWK-TV.
Huntington High School is getting a facelift after Kate O'Donnell, a senior at the school, and CSX have teamed up to make some alterations.
Funded by a $2,500 grant from CSX, volunteers and company employees started work at 8 a.m. Aug. 8, and have been working all day to make upgrades to the facility, such as adding a new flag pole, picnic tables and trees, as well as repairing the soccer field and giving all the athletic buildings fresh paint. And O'Donnell can't wait to see how it turns out.
"It's crazy to see all these people out here. It's so cool," O'Donnell said. "I remember when we just found out we got the grant.
"It was just kind of like a pipe dream you know," she added. "It was all imaginary but now it's really real and I can’t wait to see the results."
O'Donnell is her senior class president, and she said she just wanted to give back to the students and faculty who have given her so much.
"I really like Huntington High and I really appreciate all that the Huntington High staff and the students and my coaches have done for me," she said. "So, I wanted to be able to give something back."
Brian Barr from CSX said they couldn't be happier to help Kate with her dream.
"We are really deeply imbedded in the communities we operate through and we have a large presence here in Huntington," Barr said. "So one of our employees had gone out and found the school here and they were in some need of some help, so we asked out employees to volunteer and we probably got 30 or 40 volunteers out here today."