'Team Depot' volunteers spruce up Northside building

BINGHAMTON, N.Y - A small army of volunteers worked to spruce up an old building on Binghamton's Northside last Friday.

About 10 employees of the Home Depot in Johnson City donated their time painting the second floor of the Father Sullivan Parish Center on Doubleday Street.

The building was used as a convent until the 1970's and is now used by Saint Paul's Church for its religious education classes, as well as a food pantry and clothing closet.

Father Jon Werner says the building is in need of some TLC.

"It will be nice to see the response of the children when they come in for religious education.  Certainly, the teachers will be very pleased that it's clean and neat.  And it may just be the starter to get some other things done along the way," said Fr. Werner.

The "Team Depot" program works on civic projects at least every quarter with the help of some of its product manufacturers.

Behr donated the paint for this job.

Although he's only been at the JC store for the past two months, Manager Clinton Stratton says he's already been impressed by the commitment of his workforce.

"My group of associates, that volunteer their time, really set this all up and put the ball in motion. It's great to see that the associates that I work with care so much about the community," said Stratton.

Parishoner Ed Green reached out to Home Depot on behalf of the church.

Green says he worked with the home improvement retailer on a similar project at Binghamton University's Newman House several years ago.

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