Earth Day in Newport

By Tim Rondeau

Newport is a little cleaner after our Earth Day event.

On Wednesday, May 3, more than 20 Rhode Island employees volunteered at the Edward King House, a senior center in Newport. Equipped with paint brushes, rakes, and trash bags, the volunteers painted a fence that lines the property, planted shrubs, and picked up trash.  After finishing early, the group set out for Easton Beach and painted more railings that surround a pavillion.

“I have been participating in Rhode Island’s Earth Day event for a few years now, and I am always impressed by the dedication of our employee volunteers,” said Jacques Afonso, Community & Customer Manager.  “It doesn’t surprise me that we were able to clean up two locations; everyone always works so diligently at these service events.”

The Edward King House has been offering senior services for 46 years.  It sees about 400 guests weekly and more than 16,000 guests annually.  According to their website, “the Center serves as a hub for personal enrichment insuring access to a well-rounded quality of life and a reliable resource for individual and family referrals regarding senior issues.”

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