March 31, 2017 – On Cesar Chavez Day, Wedgewood employee volunteers arrived at Loren Miller Elementary School in South Los Angeles to add some color and beauty to its largely blank and sometimes vandalized walls. Working with local artists, the Wedgewood team completed four new murals, rejuvenated a fifth mural that had been defaced, and added some new plants and paint to a faded garden courtyard, bringing new life and cheer to the school. Along with the murals, Wedgewood employees donated sports equipment for the playground and re-stocked the school’s library with popular and classic children’s books.
Julio Hanson, Assistant Principal at Loren Miller submitted the request for new murals to Sharefest, a South Bay nonprofit that facilitates positive change by connecting companies that want to give back with community needs. Julio was surprised and delighted to learn that his application had been approved. He said, “I’m always looking for ways to brighten the school experience. I apply for many things, many grants, many projects. This is one of the things that I applied for to which I actually received a response! Wedgewood stepped up, sending over 100 volunteers on the Cesar Chavez holiday to help deck out my school.”
Chad Mayer, Executive Director of Sharefest, said, “We are grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support from Wedgewood. You all continue to dig deep, roll up your sleeves and meet real and tangible needs in our community. I am forever grateful to have this wonderful partnership, and there’s no doubt that you all will put smiles on the faces of hundreds of children come Monday morning.”
Wedgewood is also thankful for our partnership with Sharefest. “I know the community benefits from our projects, but when you see the joy on our employees’ faces and hear their stories back at the office, I know who gets the better end of that trade”, says Greg Geiser, Founder, President and CEO of Wedgewood. “We’re just trying to plant a forest, one tree at a time, and we look forward to participating in many more community improvement projects with Sharefest in the future.”
Time Lapse Video of a Hallway Mural: https://youtu.be/muzY0Qs1aMw