Volunteers Get Dirty and Spruce Up Ford City

Several local organizations have rolled up their sleeves to get a little dirty and spruce up Ford City.

More than 250 employees at Hiram Walker are off the job today and taking part in their "Responsib'all" day which is a company initiative to help out the community.  

They walked over to Drouillard Rd Thursday morning to plant flowers in Hiram Walker whiskey barrels, which were cut and donated to make flower planters.  They were also painting and fixing fences.

This is the fourth year Hiram Walker has taken part in the initiative at Ford City and Director of Operations Neil Bishop says it's great to be a small part in its revitalization.

"All of our folks are local to Windsor and Essex County," he says. "Pernod Ricard is a global company but it is very local at Hiram Walker and it is nice to step out just a couple blocks and you can see what you have done in the community, that's what is nice for us."

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Hiram Walker has donated some of its whiskey barrels to be used as planters. June 6, 2019 (Photo by AM800's Teresinha Medeiros)

Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex also decided to lend a hand as 25 volunteers helped to build a gazebo in the community garden, north of Whelpton, part of its 25th anniversary in the community.

They are also fixing fences to promote alleyway safety.

"Early on in the year, we decided that rather than spend money on big parties, galas and events for our 25th, let's spend it where the community needs it," says Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Fiona Coughlin.

Habitat for Humanity has built 65 homes in Windsor-Essex in the past 25 years.

United Way Windsor-Essex helped to co-ordinate the event in Ford City.