Meriden, Wallingford organizations give back on annual Day of Caring

Meriden, Wallingford organizations give back on annual Day of Caring


Scientists from Bristol-Myers Squibb traded in lab coats for work gloves, paint brushes and garden rakes to spruce up the Meriden YMCA’s new early learning center Tuesday as part of the United Way of Meriden and Wallingford’s annual Day of Caring, while Fosdick Fulfillment employees spruced up Girls Inc. in Meriden and the Wallingford Rotary Club helped with landscaping at the Wallingford Public Library.

In total, a dozen companies from Meriden and Wallingford participated.

The learning center, which opened Monday on Johnson Avenue, was in need of some cosmetic touch ups, said Meriden YMCA Branch Manager Steve Markoja.

While children played inside, Bristol-Myers Squibb employees fixed up the grounds, planting flowers and painting.

Analytical chemist Stella Huang, who usually spends her day in the lab, was happy to be in the sun painting a fence on a warm day.

“We are a part of the community,” Huang said. “I want to contribute, to give back. I feel we are connected.”

Fosdick shipping employee Raymond Sotia was busy scrubbing and hosing down the Girls Inc. van outside the youth center on Lincoln Street.

“I may not be able to give cash, but my strength, I can do that,” Sotia said.

Inside the building, Fosdick Client Services Representative Lisa Belote was painting wall trim.

“I was honored to come back here because when my daughter was little she attended Girls Inc.,” Belote said. “To be able to give back to them after what they did for my daughter is wonderful.”

Girls Inc. Executive Director Michelle Bourdeau thanked the volunteers for their work.

“Without a day like this all these projects they’re working on would be put on the back burner because we don’t have the staff to get it done,” Bourdeau said.

Members of the Wallingford Rotary Club were at the town’s library painting exterior fixtures, such as doors and railings, picking up garbage and pulling weeds. Amy Humphries, assistant library director, said the work completed each year on the Day of Caring is extremely helpful.

“It’s a nice gesture on the part of the community,’ Humphries said.

Rotary member Jim Comeau said he has participated in many Day of Caring events.

He was painting a railing on Tuesday morning and said the patrons that passed him thanked him for his work. Brittany Barbaro, who works at Choate Rosemary Hall, said she received an email about the event. Barbaro said it felt good to be a part of the effort.

Comeau said anyone who would like to be a part of future events can go to the United Way website or can reach out to the Wallingford Rotary Club. 203-317-2231 Twitter: @LeighTaussRJ

Organizations involved in Day of Caring service projects:

Gaylord Hospital

Mirion Technologies

The Marlin Company

Fosdick Fulfillment

Protein Sciences

Pyramid Time Systems

MidState Medical Center

Wallingford Rotary

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Webster Bank Contact Center

Connecticut Hospital Association

3M Purification Inc.

Beneficiaries of Day of Caring service projects:

Spanish Community of Wallingford

Connecticut Food Bank

Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club

Girls Inc.


John Barry School

Wallingford Library

Meriden YMCA

Meriden-Wallingford Chrysalis

Catholic Charities

Child Guidance Clinic

The Salvation Army

United Way of Meriden & Wallingford

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