If you've ever been part of an organized volunteer construction or rehabilitation event, you've probably noticed some of the work was already done when you got there.
Have you ever wondered what happened before you arrived?
Well, a lot of work was probably done by skilled tradespeople to make the site safe for volunteers and to get it to a point that walls can be painted and flowers planted by you and me. A couple months ago, I wrote about our partnership with the Reds Community Fund on a couple of local ball fields. If you drove by our Ross Park construction site recently, you saw the synthetic field being installed, the Palace of the Fans monument being erected, asphalt seal coating and general prep work for painting and all the volunteer efforts. At Bellevue Vets Park, the storm drains, fencing and broadcaster booth were installed. It's exciting to make progress and see our plans come to fruition as we gear up for volunteer day.
Before the volunteers arrive, our team will have rebuilt the dugouts so they are ready to be stained, prepared the project for painting and installed irrigation systems so new plants and trees can be installed, among a list of other work that requires skilled tradespeople.
As the project manager for these projects, it's also a different experience for me to manage a project that culminates in a volunteer effort. Instead of completing the project, I have to think about how to get it to a certain point so volunteers can finish it safely and in the time allowed. For example, installing exercise equipment means purchasing the equipment and mulch, digging out the area to be mulched, and staging the area by ensuring signage is marked, the equipment to install the exercise equipment is onsite and placing the exercise equipment in the proper location - so on volunteer day groups can show up, assemble equipment, dig a hole for a small foundation, install the equipment and mulch the safety area.
We're close; just finished Ross Park and a couple weeks away for Bellevue Vets Park. Events such as this are only successful because of the organizations that put them on. I continue to be impressed with how the Reds Community Fund serves as a role model to other teams across Major League Baseball and challenges us all to give back. Just since I've been working with them, they've touched six different communities including Avondale, Seven Hills in the West End, Walnut Hills and now St. Bernard and Bellevue, Kentucky.