Epworth Children’s Home is getting a facelift. The Leadership Columbia Class of 2011 has chosen the Doug Gray Cottage of Epworth Children’s Home for this year’s community service project. The cottage is uninhabited at the moment, but the restorations will give Epworth the opportunity to help even more children. The restorations will include roofing, HVAC repairs, plumbing, electrical, painting, window repairs, carpeting and furniture delivery, and a security system will be installed. The renovations began Jan. 29, and the expected completion date is April 8. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Friday, April 15 at 6 p.m.
The Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Leadership Columbia program. The program allows leaders in the community to participate in projects that will benefit the Columbia area. The 2011 class has 59 participants who are given the opportunity to learn about the municipal government and various industries that affect Columbia’s development.
Epworth Children’s Home was founded in 1895 and was chartered by the South Carolina General Assembly as the Epworth Orphanage. The name was changed to Epworth Children’s Home in 1951. Children are placed in the care of Epworth’s staff through private and government placements. The holistic approach of Epworth is to provide each child with services that address their emotional, physical and spiritual needs.
Donations for the renovations of Doug Gray Cottage are greatly appreciated.
To become a donor call Alexandra Nicyper at (203) 470-3670 or email LeadershipColumbiaClass2011@gmail.com.
For more information on Epworth Children’s Home visit www.epworthchildrenshome.org.
To obtain more information about Leadership Columbia visit www.columbiachamber.com/chamber/programs/leadership_columbia.htm.