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Local Volunteers Pitch In to Help Project Worth

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This crew is used to working with telephone poles, but as they look over their handiwork, Foreman Jonathan Huffman can't help but take pride in the poles his team donated, cut and layed out at the future sight of Project Worth.

"Being able to help out in the community is a great feeling. We all cherish that time when we're able to do that," said Huffman with Liberty Utilities.

Liberty employees get three volunteer days a year, and local linemen have taken a particular interest in Watered Gardens, painting the exterior and building up supports to keep their gravel lot from washing out.

"We had the opportunity to go out and pick up some poles for this particular job. Me and the crew spent half the morning putting those down and anchoring those in place," explained Huffman.

It's all for a good cause, as Travis Hurley, Director of Advancement with Watered Gardens explains the importance of the space and the program it will house.

"We're averaging over 100 man hours a day of people working to earn what they need, whether it's a food box, or a place to sleep or clothing, so we just need more space," said Hurley.

Currently, the homeless are working in this small area where they sort through recycling materials, weave blankets from plastic bags, and create other items to sell, but because of volunteers, they should be moving into the new building by the end of the year.

"We've got this 6,000 square foot building right behind our main outreach center and with friends like Liberty Utilities and Asbell companies and all these church groups that have come in, we've seen so much of the renovation underwritten by those donations as well as financial donations from the community," Hurley stated.

For volunteers, the work is a joy.

"It makes me feel good. I'm happy to help a place like Watered Gardens because I mean they give people an opportunity that want to help themselves and I appreciate that. I really do," said Robert Vaness, Lineman with Liberty Utilities.

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