Over the past year, Diana Wright, St. Petersburg College’s Director of Facilities Services, has organized several community service opportunities for the college’s Facilities department.
The department added a food drive to their holiday party, collected bags of healthy snacks for children in need, and on May 21, some of the Facilities group spent their Saturday representing SPC at a Habitat for Humanity house down the street from the Midtown campus.
Wright said she was inspired by the Leadership SPC volunteer group project to bring an SPC staff group together to do community service.
“It’s just something we’re doing informally right now,” Wright said.
The five Facilities staffers who could volunteer on Saturday were ready for work, which included painting, carpentry and installing insulation.
“They had a supervisor on-site who gave specific instructions on what to do,” Wright said. “He said our team was probably the best group he’s had in a long time because they needed very little direction.”
Associate Vice President of Facilities Planning & Institutional Services Jim Waechter said their work was very much appreciated. Board Member Deveron Gibbons heard that the group would be there, so he stopped by to offer his support and thanks, and the future homeowner worked alongside them, as well.
“It was great to meet her and her appreciation was very gratifying,” Waechter said. “Everybody left with a nice sense of gratification and a willingness to do it again.”
Waechter worked on the team that was installing insulation that day, and he said the work was no joke.
“We were dripping with sweat,” he said. “I took a shower and a nap as soon as I got home.”
Wright said the group will definitely be doing more service projects in the future.
“I started this group of volunteers so that staff with similar interests could come together and serve in their communities,” Wright said. “Lending a helping hand is something that has personally helped me stay eternally thankful and serves as a reminder of how blessed we all are.”