Spencer Dye of Freedom, WY, braving snowy weather to clean windows
Silver Star Communications Volunteers Work with Friends to Clean Up Victor Branch
When Victor branch library staff arrived to work on Friday morning, November 12, they were so pleased with their squeaky-clean work environment that they broke out in a happy dance. Librarian Tanya Alexander, who helped coordinate Clean-Up Day for the Victor branch, sent a short video of dancing librarians to the Friends of Valley of the Tetons Library, along with the message: “This was the happy dance from the Victor staff today!!!”
The thanks for eliciting this joy belongs to Silver Star Communications’ community service project volunteers. On Thursday, November 11, eight Silver Star employees spent most of the day dusting, vacuuming, sanitizing, and polishing all the surfaces of the library. The tedious and time-consuming deep clean included the kitchen, bathrooms, windows, furnishings and even removing all the books from their shelves to clean every inch of shelving.
“They (library staff) said the air felt cleaner and brighter,” said Alexander. She shared that projects such as cleaning windows, sills, and tracks, or cleaning shelves behind all the books is work that staff might not have time for on a day to day basis. “It was a huge sense of relief,” she said.
Lisa Grimsley, Marketing Administrative Assistant at Silver Star Communications, is responsible for coordinating the company’s community service projects.
“Employees love it!” said Grimsley, about the projects. “It’s good team-building.”
Grimsley seeks out service projects for organizations within Silver Star’s service area, which includes eastern Idaho and western Wyoming. Projects are limited to one project per organization, per year and include a minimum of five employees working for a minimum of four hours. This year, 101 employees have completed a total of 20 projects. This was the second time Silver Star has worked with the Friends. In 2020, Silver Star volunteers assisted in moving and setting up the library’s Makerspace to its new location.
“Employees aren’t required to participate, but highly encouraged,” said Grimsley, who’s already cultivating service projects for 2022. “Employees come from all over the service area and can find a project that they’re passionate about.”