Boyertown goes red with volunteers for Keller Williams Realty Red Day

Photo by Rebecca Blanchard As part of the RED Day effort, Keller Williams Realty Group-Limerick staff have chosen to spend the day in Boyertown.

Each year, on the second Thursday in May, Keller Williams Realty employees throughout the world donate their time and their hands to help a community.

This day has come to known as RED Day: Renew, energize and donate. And, this year, Limerick’s Keller Williams Realty chose Boyertown.

“We look for an area—a community—that needs us,” said Corey Rupe, assistant team leader of the group.

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Keller Williams chose Boyertown after learning through the grapevine that the park needed renewal. Also, many of the agents live in Boyertown according to Rupe.

“We’re all working together for the community,” she said, explaining how there were all different types of employees involved in the volunteer effort.

This is the first year that Red Day has come to Boyertown. Rupe stated that normally the volunteers stay in one large group—this year the effort of more scattered.

Volunteers were busy throughout town doing various tasks. Members of groups served worked with the volunteers in order to keep their hands busy. Groups slated to be served by the volunteers were: Boyertown Area Multi-Service, Inc., Daniel B. Boyertown Center YMCA, Boyertown Rotary Club, Boyertown Lions Club, the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust, Borough of Boyertown, and Building a Better Boyertown.

At the park, volunteers did some spring cleaning and also worked to repaint and rebuild several benches. At the historic Boyertown Crane in the rail yard, the volunteers working on landscaping around the crane and planted bulbs donated by America Responds with Love of Lancaster.

“It’s framing what they’ve done with the crane,” said Brian James, one of the day’s organizers, referring to the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust. “It just makes you feel good to see things like this—for the longest time, this was a neglected piece of real estate.”

Food and transportation are all arranged for the volunteers.

According to a release from Keller Williams Realty, since the first RED Day in 2009, Keller Williams associates have given almost a half million hours of community. “To this day, it is one of the largest events in the real estate industry,” stated the release.

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Rebecca Blanchard

Rebecca won't hesitate to tell you that she has enjoyed writing throughout her entire life. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, she graduated from the professional writing program of Kutztown University in 2012. Rebecca joined Berks-Mont Newspapers in July of 2012 as editor of The Boyertown Area Times following her internship with the newspaper. In addition to writing, she enjoys traveling and cooking gluten-free foods. Reach the author at rblanchard@berksmontnews.com or follow Rebecca on Twitter: @boyertowntimes.