HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (7/17/13) - Yesterday, July 16th, Light of Chance, Inc. and the Rosenwald-Smith committee partnered with Y-Corps, a component of the YMCA, and worked on a learning-service project to benefit the Rosenwald-Smith Multicultural Center located at 208 N. Kentucky Ave. in Madisonville, KY.
Students from Light of Chance’s "Breathe" arts program joined forces with 25, 10th-12th graders from the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association's Y-Corps program (who come from Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green and other areas of the Commonwealth) to clean and paint the Rosenwald-Smith Multicultural Center, a facility that houses Light of Chance’s Madisonville offices and the Breathe Program.
To read a previous Sugg Street Post article about this collaborative effort, click here.
"It went really well," says Light of Chance founder and director, Eric Logan. "We pulled it together and I think everybody was pleased. The kids did really well and the Y-Corps kids were really personable. Those kids had to raise $500 apiece, do 50 hours of community service, submit a resume, and be selected to participate in the Y-Corps program."
The kids all worked hard together to paint a large hallway in the Rosenwald-Smith Multicultural Center, and to clean-up an overgrown fence outside that had been completely consumed with vines.
"The kids worked on the fence for hours. They did a whole bunch of work. They filled a large dumpster full of vines and it still looks like you could spend two more days on it," laughs Logan. "I think that the Rosenwald-Smith committee will take on the rest of that project. The kids didn’t get to do the trim yesterday either, so the Rosenwald-Smith committee is going to finish up that work as well."
Overall, Logan believes that the project was enjoyed by all involved.
"It was a really cool project," says Logan. "I think that everyone was enriched by the experience. That building has so much history and still has good, solid bones. It just needs a little cosmetic work and some plumbing and electrical updates. For a building of that age, it’s kind of expected."
For more information on Light of Chance, Inc. and Y-Corps, visit the organizations’ respective websites at lightofchance.org and kyymca.org/y-corps.
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Written by Jessica Dockrey
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