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Alvin H. Butz, Inc. Participates in 2017 Lehigh Valley Volunteer Challenge

Allentown, PA, June 8, 2017 . . . Alvin H. Butz, Inc. took part in The 2017 Volunteer Challenge to improve The Valley Youth House Shelter for children in west Bethlehem. The Volunteer Challenge is a fundraiser created by The Volunteer Center of Lehigh Valley. The challenge is an invitation-only corporate competition in which area businesses team up to help local nonprofit organizations.

This is the first year Alvin H. Butz, Inc. participated in the Challenge. The Butz team worked together to paint two hallways on two floors of the Bethlehem shelter. Valley Youth House had received a grant to purchase the paint and supplies for the project but didn't have the time to do the actual painting. The kids at the shelter chose the paint colors; cheerful yellow on one floor and a bright blue on the other floor. Each floor also had one wall painted with chalkboard paint. The chalkboard wall will allow the children to draw and create artwork. At the end of the project, Alvin H. Butz, Inc. employees also threw the kids a "Reveal Party" with food and a gift basket full of games, chalk, and snacks.

Alvin H. Butz Inc., part of The Butz Family of Companies, is as committed to the community as the shelter is towards youth and families. In order to complete the project, the Butz team organized a committee, solicited volunteers for multiple shifts of painting, and solicited donations for the gift basket and food for the reveal party. The painting project was completed in eight hours.

The goal of painting the walls in the shelter was to create a more welcoming living environment for the kids. The youth are living at the shelter because they are in the midst of crisis and/or traumatic situations in their lives and having a more cheerful, welcoming living environment will help create a sense of comfort, as well as makes the space more "youth-friendly" and fun.

"It is part of the mission at Butz to remain committed to the community", says Greg L. Butz, President and CEO of Alvin H. Butz, Inc. "This project not only benefited Valley Youth House, but it allowed our employees to give back to the community in a way that is extremely gratifying. I think our employees got more out of this project than the kids at the shelter."


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