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Walmart volunteers paint interior of Beacon of H.O.P.E.’s new building

December 16, 2014
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Late Tuesday afternoon, several volunteers and the store manager from the Walmart store located on Rt. 41 and Pine Island Road in Cape Coral arrived at the new Beacon of H.O.P.E. building to help paint the interior.

"Karen Chmielewski, who works in our office, came to me about this island organization needing help," store manager Bobby Balder said. "Walmart is really big on giving back to the community and we're always looking for events to do. That's why we're here. Walmart donated some of the paint and some of the supplies and the volunteer hours."

Volunteer hours are calculated by the total number of hours volunteers contribute to a project.

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Executive Director Betsy Haesemeyer (second from right) with volunteers from the Beacon of H.O.P.E. and Walmart.


"We have enough volunteer hours to qualify for a $500 Walmart grant in addition to what we do here today," Balder said.

"This is a great help and moves us along quite a bit," Beacon Executive Director Betsy Haesemeyer said. "We have a long way to go and if anyone would like to help us out with whatever skills they have getting our building ready please contact the Beacon at 239-283-5123 or stop by our current location at 5465 Pine Island Road, Bokeelia.

"We are still hoping to have at least the store open before the end of December and if we get the help we need it will happen," Haesemeyer said."

The volunteers were Donna Yorkston, George Yorkston, Jim Schiavone

Karen Chmielewski, Stan Chmielewski, Jennifer Fagerstrom, Nik Morales, Christina Morales, Bobby Balder (son) and store manager Bobby Balder.



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