A.G. Williams Painting Co. recently combined painting with philanthropy by donating its expertise and supplies to a painting project.
A.G. Williams Painting Co. recently combined painting with philanthropy by donating its expertise and supplies to a painting project for a school on a shoestring budget.
The St. Ignatius Project was the first project by the Rye YMCA’s new program Togetherhood Community Service, which engages Y members in projects that benefit the community.
An airplane pilot and a tug boat operator were among the 15 volunteers who spent the day painting the stairwells of St. Ignatius Middle School in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. The tuition-free school serves nearly 70 children in the poorest congressional district in the country.
The volunteers were supervised by paintmaster Nat Gidron from A.G. Williams Painting Company.
“The group I worked with really had their hearts in helping the school, but they had no real experience with painting and that’s where A.G. Williams came in,” Gidron said. “We enjoy doing stuff like this as a company because it helps us give back to the community.”
Rye YMCA member and Co-Chair of the St. Ignatius Project Stu Reis said Gidron was a wonderful addition to the team and made the day go “extremely easy and efficient.”
“Nat was at the school before I got there, setting up drop cloths, etc. and getting some other early-arrivers organized and painting. He jumped in himself to do some painting when we screwed up and even made some quick repairs to a wall that was in bad shape. Everyone loved him,” Reis said.
Reis said leftover paint and supplies were donated to the school for future use.
“While not an earth-shattering event, we did our small part to help a group break the cycle of poverty that exists for these kids,” Reis said.
Photo: Nat Gidron (back row with the white shirt) of A.G. Williams Painting Company and the Rye YMCA volunteers at St. Ignatius Middle School, Bronx, NY.
A.G. Williams Painting Company is located at 411 Pelham Avenue, Pelham, NY, 800-227-1906, with offices at 500 West Putnam Ave, Suite 400, Greenwich, CT 06830, Ph: 203-618-0058 http://www.agwilliamspainting.com/.