Boys & Girls Club gains from corporate sweat equity

       Unilever executives rolled up their sleeves to spearhead a community service project at the El Pomar Unit of the Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region the afternoon of Oct. 11.
       “Isn't this cool?” said a clearly pleased James Sullivan, the club's executive director, as dozens of t-shirted volunteers from the international corporation installed new playground equipment and also worked on painting, cleaning and landscaping tasks at the Westside facility, 805 Praderia Ave.
       Planned for several weeks, the project was part of an offsite sales leadership meeting in Colorado Springs. As one Unilever employee explained it, a recent company policy for such conferences direct the executives to do something to improve areas they visit instead of playing golf or having other recreation in their off-hours.
       Funding for the overall event and necessary materials was provided by Unilever United States, headquartered in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Providing administrative assistance was Colorado Springs Parks.
       “We are most thankful for Unilever's support and commitment,” Sullivan said. “I am excited that Unilever is part of our extended family and look forward to the many positive experiences to come.”
       Unilever, one of the world's largest consumer products companies, owns such recognized names as: Ben & Jerry's, Breyers, Dove, Hellmann's, Lipton, Popsicle, Q- Tips, Slim-Fast and Vaseline.
       The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pikes Peak Region, through its three sites, has been providing activities and assistance for youth ages 6 to 18 since 1888.

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