Greenville, SC.— A M King’s community partnership with United Way’s Hands On Greenville (HOG) commenced at the organization’s 25th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, May 4.
Ben Lehnerer, Project Manager for A M King’s Greenville office, had noticed HOG events in the area for some time. The sheer numbers of people engaged in the community service day prompted him to gather his team and jump on board.
“I knew that A M King needed to be a part of the effort,” says Ben. “It’s special to see thousands of people take a day to lend a hand.”
A M King’s Greenville team chose several painting and assembly projects at the Center for Community Services in Simpsonville, SC. All told, the group prepped and painted three sets of double doors, three windows and roughly 20, 8” posts. Besides Ben Lehnerer, volunteers included Rita Burch, Kelly Topper, Beverly Connor, Steve Gordon, Adam Watkins, Buck Brown, Matt Worley and Luis Hernandez.
This year on Hands On Greenville Day, 4500 volunteers, comprising 160 teams, completed 128 projects at area nonprofits, schools, parks and other local organizations. The annual event is the Upstate’s single largest day of volunteer services, collectively generating nearly 20,000 hours of volunteer service and an estimated $435,000 of in-kind value, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service.
After the event Ben declared, “We look forward to contributing to HOG Day every year moving forward.”
A M King has added Hands On Greenville to its growing list of community partners. Currently the company’s employees are busy planning to participate in the 24 Foundation’s 24 Hours of Booty, a charity cycling event that raises funds for cancer survivorship programs. Fill-the-Truck takes place just one month later and benefits A M King’s partner school, Starmount Academy of Excellence in Charlotte.
In addition, the company has long-standing relationships with the Ronald McDonald Houses (RMC) of Charlotte, Greenville, and Baltimore, as well as the Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte and Greenville. Whether it’s clay shooting at RMC’s Red Shoe Shootout or buying Christmas gifts for more than 150 Salvation Army Angel Tree Program children, A M King employees are there to lend a hand.