GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – On the weekend of their fifth anniversary, members and volunteers associated with the Kroc Center in Grand Rapids didn’t celebrate the way you might think. There wasn’t a cake, there wasn’t a big birthday bash.
In fact, the facility itself was closed all week for cleaning. Instead, staff and volunteers were out doing what they do best: helping others.
“We’ve touched lives, thousands and thousands of lives over five years,” said Kroc Center senior director Marc Johnson, “and we’re looking forward to the next five.”
“We gathered projects from helping the schools beautify their garden bed to helping neighbors paint their house or something that was needed in the community,” said Johnson.
Those volunteers tackled beautification projects at Brookside Elementary and Dickinson Elementary schools plus several homes around the area.
“This is a really visible way to show that, you know, we care and we love you, and we are here for you to help you out in any way that we can,” said Heidi Roberts, a Kroc Center employee and volunteer.