Close to a dozen men and women dressed in blue t-shirts emblazoned with the word “Deloitte” on the front mulched, planted, and painted outside the Greenpoint YMCA on Meserole Avenue Friday afternoon.
It was the financial organization’s annual Impact Day – the 15th year running in which the organization sends out its employees to neighborhoods across the country to work on community enrichment projects.
Close to 3,000 employees from the organization’s corporate headquarters in Manhattan took part in the event this year.
About 20 of them made it to Greenpoint.
“As professionals we focus a lot on our work, but it is important to help out in our neighboring communities in a more selfless way,” said Rohan Redkar, a senior consultant at Deloitte, and the project manager for the work the group of volunteers was doing at the Greenpoint YMCA.
Among the improvements the group worked on included painting the front gate, planting flowers in the tree beds facing the building, painting the exterior trim of the building as well as the lower level multi-purpose room at the Y.
“The YMCA is such a focal point of the neighborhood, and it is important to help spruce up such an old building,” said Amanda Larson, an employee at Deloitte, a Greenpoint resident, who has lived in the neighborhood for the past four years. “It’s great to be able to see the efforts of your work.”
The efforts were appreciated by neighbors as well. Several stopped to thank the volunteers for their work. And the Y’s leadership couldn’t be happier for the engagement the project engendered.
“Their work is really beneficial to the community,” said Keith Hicks, Executive Director of the Greenpoint Y, referring not just to this year’s efforts but to the financial literacy classes Deloitte has offered the last two years during its community service day. “It helps teach our youth life skills, and helps with their college readiness.”