Lowe’s crew revamps landscaping for humane society

COLUMBUS, Ind. – A conversation between two former employees resulted in a major beautification of the grounds around the Bartholomew County Humane Society.

It all started when Shelly Perry, Asset Protection and Safety Manager at Lowe’s Home Improvement Store in Columbus, took a safety walk at work about a month ago. Upon reaching the lawn and garden area, she spotted Katie Elkins, who had once worked with Perry at the Indiana National Guard facilities at Camp Atterbury, near Edinburgh, Perry said.

During their conversation, Perry noticed that Elkins was concentrating her attention on the shop’s reduced plants. When asked why, Elkins said she was one of the few volunteers trying to clean up the grounds around 4415 E. County Road 200S shelter. Staff shortages aside, Perry said, she was told that the efforts were also being challenged by very limited resources.

Maintaining landscaping has been a concern of the Humane Society since the shelter moved to its current facility in 2014, volunteer Ann Young said.

“All of the gardens around the Humane Society shelter were in dire need of help,” said Young.

After Elkins explained the situation, Perry told her about a program sponsored by hardware store chain Lowe’s Heroes that allocates funds to each US and Canadian store for a community project that employees can do together.

In the program, employees who have been with the company for at least a year receive a full daily wage (eight hours) for working on a community project, she said.

“I told Katie to let me see what I can do,” Perry said. “It sounded like a really worthwhile project that needs to be implemented.”

For the full story, see Monday’s Republic.

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