Over 25 Cache County employees joined forces Thursday with more than 50 missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to assist a Logan nonprofit in painting the interior of its new building.
Part of a countywide effort to help improve the community through service projects, Cache County Human Resources Director Cory Wood worked with The Family Place Executive Director Esterlee Molyneux to organize a large-scale project to aid The Family Place in painting its new location at 1525 N. 200 West, which is set to open this June.
“The amount of support we’ve received from the county and the community has been very significant to us,” Molyneux said. “We’ve been in this community for 34 years, and this has been one of the most beautiful ways for the county to step up and show support for building strong families, even when they already do so much to step up and help the community.”
After Cache County Council Chairman Greg Merrill stated an increase in community service as a goal for this year in January, Wood formed a committee to explore ideas to complete the goal. Deciding on taking part in one major service project annually, Wood said helping The Family Place as it works to complete the new 10,000-square-foot location was the clear choice for county employees to volunteer to help.
LDS missionaries also volunteered their time, stepping in alongside county employees to help throughout the day.
“The response has been fantastic so far,” Wood said on site. “Everything is going according to plan, and we couldn’t have done it without the high number of volunteers taking their time to be here to help.”
County employees from several departments arrived to assist in painting the building’s interior, from members of the Cache County Council to Cache County Fairgrounds workers. According to Family Place Associate Director Gordon Younker, Molyneux traveled from room to room to encourage the groups of missionaries and county employees to lead a cheer and thank them for their help as the morning began.
“As the day has gone by, more and more people have come to help,” Younker said. “It’s been tremendous being able to get as much completed as we have today.”
Molyneux said The Family Place, which provides support services and hosts a number of events throughout the year, had a limited budget to complete the new building. However, thanks to the involvement of the county and its labor, the nonprofit will have saved enough money to spend on a security system for the new building.
“We’ll be having a grand celebration after everything is completed and to see the efforts everyone was able to put in to make this happen,” Molyneux said.
Wood said in addition to volunteer hours from the county employees and the LDS missionaries, local businesses Fox’s Pizza Den, Domino’s, Casper’s Ice Cream, Home Depot, Lowe’s and Bennett’s Paint and Glass provided food and materials to assist the workers.
The county will have one more Day of Service this spring, on May 24, to complete landscaping at The Family Place’s new building, after which Wood said the county will continue to search for a project of equal scale next year.