Sometimes you receive an unexpected gift from unexpected places.
Heidi Bey, the activities coordinator at the Highland Adult Activity Center, was in the process of discussing with the Highland Township Board of Trustees the possibility of acquiring funds to paint the interior of the center when she got a call out of the blue from the Chrysler Corporation telling her it would like to do a project there in conjunction with the United Way.
“I had just been speaking with the board about painting and then here comes Chrysler with the whole gift,” Bey said. “It was like, ‘Oh, please come on down and paint.’”
According to township Supervisor Triscia Pilchowski, Highland was randomly picked by Chrysler from a list of United Way locations.
“Having them do a project like this is something we are very enthusiastic about,” Pilchowski said. “The entire interior of the center will be painted — the large room, the meeting room, offices, kitchen and bathrooms. The whole area needed attention.”
Volunteers from Chrysler’s engineering department will come out and paint the center, along with providing the paint and materials.
Bey said the center will be closed for two days in August to accommodate the project. Tentative dates are for the work are Friday, Aug. 10 and Monday, Aug. 13.
“It’s a generous gift from the Chrysler community,” Bey said. “We are very excited about it.”
“This will save the township money,” Pilchowski said. “It’s like there are a bunch of little angels coming to Highland Township. Once the painting is finished, we (the township) are thinking of replacing the carpet in the center — give it a whole new face lift.”