Two Andrews Companies Lend a Helping Hand in Honor of 9/11 9/14/13
CBS 7 News
September 14, 2013
This morning employees from URENCO and Waste Control Specialists in Andrews teamed up to serve the community in remembrance of September 11, 2001.
Together over 200 employee-volunteers helped repair 22 homes.
All of these folks were up before dawn on a Saturday.
Not to head out of town for the weekend but, to help members of their community.
"I wasn't certain how many people would take time out on their Saturday but we have over 200 volunteers," says Waste Control Services CFO and General Manager Elicia Sanchez.
This marks the fifth year URENCO, a nuclear fuel plant, has participated in the 9/11 day of service but, it's only the first year Andrews has been on the receiving end. URENCO also partnered with their neighbors WCS.
The City of Andrews helped identify people who needed help with housework.
"We would never have been able to accomplish what we've accomplished without this community's support," says URENCO Head of Operations and Chief Nuclear Officer Jay Laughlin.
All in remembrance of a terrifying event.
"You honor those, you know, the lives that were lost and you also, you know, all of the heroes that helped that day so we are very proud to be able to participate," says Sanchez.
Jay Laughlin was actually living in New Jersey during that time.
"Very traumatic event- my wife, my children were all very upset. I had some family that lived in New York and of course we wanted to validate how they were doing," recalls Laughlin.
Now that he is in Andrews and typically works behind a desk, he enjoys lending a helping hand to those in need.
"On this home we're going to primarily going to clean up the wood and repaint it," says Laughlin of the project he worked on today, "Basic repairs, we'll caulk the windows up, make sure they're nice and tight, probably adjust the doors be sure they're tight."
And the homeowners, most of whom are either elderly or disabled, could not be happier about the work the team is doing for them.
"We me the owner a little bit earlier and she couldn't thank us enough. She is very appreciative of what we're doing," says Sanchez.
Volunteers say making repairs to these homes not only benefits the homeowner...but it helps beautify the community of Andrews.