The City of Hamlet got a new look on Saturday thanks to CSX and City Year.
About 90 volunteers helped build picnic tables, benches and garden boxes for the city. The volunteers also painted murals, including a mural at the local ball park, painted the caboose located at the entrance of the park and landscaped the area around the Hamlet City Lake.
Hamlet City Manager Marchell Adams-David said that the event “… went very well.”
She said City Year is “… a wonderful opportunity to get out into the community and get wonderful exposure … .”
Adams-David said the City of Hamlet would be more than willing to accommodate City Year and CSX if they ever want to come back.
Shannon Goss, corporate citizenship specialist with CSX, said they wanted to help Hamlet because they have a large employee base in the city. “And one of our leaders asked if we could come and help,” said Goss. She said last year they did 20 service events.
“We share a long history with the City of Hamlet and this is an opportunity for us to show our commitment to the city,” Goss said.
CSX is the largest employer in the City of Hamlet, and CSX’s fifth-largest yard is located in Hamlet.
CSX is a sponsor of City Year, a nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate.
“In 23 communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, this innovative public-private partnership brings together teams of young AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools,” said CSX.
— Staff Writer Laura Edington can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.