Media 1 Participates United Way’s Day of Caring

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<p><strong>Grand Haven, Mich. &mdash; Oct. 3</strong><br />Most of the time, Media 1 employees spend their days in front of their computers with the lights dimmed while they write and design learning and performance solutions for companies all around the world. </p><p>But last Thursday, the team took a short trek from its office on Elliott Street to a destination in downtown Grand Haven for the seventh-annual United Way Day of Caring. </p><p>Media 1 volunteers were assigned to offer a little help to one of their neighbors: the Girl Scouts &ldquo;Little House.” </p><p>This community center was originally built as a community effort on property donated by a local citizen and has been in use since 1942.<br /><br />That community effort continued when Media 1 turned out in full force for the afternoon. </p><p>From landscaping and painting to some down-home spit and polish, the group rolled up their sleeves and pitched in. Gloves were handed out, and lopping shears and other gardening tools were passed around. </p><p>In a few short hours volunteers transformed the front yard and side yard from an overgrown jumble to a nicely manicured site. </p><p>Another contingent went to work indoors, cleaning and painting. </p><p>The group shared the task with volunteers from McKeough Land, Inc., veterans of the Day of Caring event.<br /><br />&ldquo;Media 1 was one of the 12 new companies participating in the United Way Day of Caring this year,&rdquo; said Paulina Lawton, United Way&rsquo;s Volunteer Center director. &ldquo;We are happy to have them on board.&rdquo; <br /><br />Chris Willis, Media 1 CEO, echoed the sentiment.</p><p>&ldquo;We are proud to be a part of this program,” Willis said. “It&rsquo;s not always about whipping out the check book and writing a check &mdash; it&rsquo;s about sweat equity in our community too. We&rsquo;ll be back next year for sure.&rdquo;</p>

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