Ventrac Gives Back to the Community at Ida Sue School/Nick Amster Workshop and the Christian Children’s Home of Ohio.
Wayne County, Ohio is an amazing community where people come together to help support those in need. At Ventrac, in Orrville, giving back to the community has always been an important part of their company beliefs. So, the management team set plans in motion for a service project to assist the Ida Sue School/Nick Amster Workshop and the Christian Children’s Home of Ohio organizations in Wooster with some needed outdoor maintenance projects and improvements.
On the day of the project, Ventrac took seven of their tractors, over ten attachments and twelve of the company managers for a day of labor intensive work and giving back to the community. The President, Director of Engineering, CFO, Production Manager were among the personnel who came out to run the tractors, pull overgrown shrubs, rake, till, seed, mulch and do general cleanup. Several area businesses teamed up with Ventrac to support the project by supplying new sand, mulch and other services for the day’s jobs. Lil’John’s Transport, Albert Miller Trucking, Boreman Hardwoods, Holmes Supply and D&S Stone all rallied together with supplies for both Ida Sue/Nick Amster and the Christian Children’s Home.
Dallas Steiner, President, said, “ As a company, we have been blessed with a strong 2010 year and as managers, we wanted to be able to give back to our great community.” For Ventrac, this service project is the first of its kind. “I hope that we can broaden this type of thing to the larger Ventrac employee body,” says Dallas Steiner, “It was a great day for us and a wonderful time to use our equipment in the areas of our expertise.”
Several large landscaping cleanup projects were done at the Ida Sue School/Nick Amster Workshop, including resurfacing the ball diamond. Ventrac did a variety of work on the diamond from cutting back the sod edges to raking and finishing the top layer with a fresh new layer of sand. The ball diamond is an important part of the sports program at Ida Sue/Nick Amster and since the field is also used for Special Olympics games, they welcomed the site of a newly resurfaced field. Don Rammel, coach for the Special Olympics and Nick Amster Workshop’s recreation coach said, “This is coming at a perfect time. We just won the state championship over the weekend and it’s just perfect timing.” A newly groomed field is always a nice treat, but for these special players, it means even more. The school and workshop is no longer receiving help for the upkeep of the ball diamond, so they greatly appreciate help from volunteers.
The Christian Children’s Home of Ohio needed a revamping of their outdoor volleyball court and ball diamond. Ventrac reshaped and groomed the ball diamond and added a new layer of sand with the help of their arsenal of equipment. The diamond was then polished off with the Ventrac ballpark groomer. The volleyball court was filled and groomed with a layer of fresh sand so the residents could enjoy playing on a new court.
At the end of the day, the landscape beds were cleaned, a fresh layer of mulch was laid, the ball diamonds were groomed and a new grass seeding was set. The work was hard, but evoked a deep feeling of satisfaction that Ventrac was able to lend a hand and make a beneficial contribution for a greater cause to these organizations that provide nurturing support to individuals on a daily basis.