Target Employees Pitch in

June 29, 2006 -- Posted at 5:43 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- Thursday, June 29th is the day of caring for Target stores across the country.

"Every Target store picks some worthy cause in the community, picks volunteers from the store and goes and does a project to give back," said Target Human Resource Manager Dewayne Douglas.

This is Target's first year in Jonesboro, so when picking a worthy project they approached the city for help.

With the help of Jonesboro City Councilwoman and community activist Judy Furr, the administrative offices for The Council on Family Violence became the lucky recipient.

"They were so excited about it, they wanted to help an agency that didn't really have a lot of resources, and this is one of those agencies," said Furr.

The Target team accomplished a lot during their time.

"When we came out, the yard was in need of mowing, and a lot of dirt needed to be moved around," said Douglas.

Not only did the volunteers work to clean up what was already there, they also helped to add some new life to the grounds.

Target employees solicited Bennett's Nursery and Lowe's Home Improvement Center to donate plants and shrubs, but they didn't just stop at doing yard work.

"We thought the yard work would not keep us busy enough, so we decided to add a new coat of paint.  When we leave, we can see that we've made a difference," said Douglas.

The site had been run-down for some time and needed this facelift.

"We have so much.  It's just a 'no brainer' to give back to those who need help and that's what we're here for," said Target employee Rita Allen.

And that's exactly why these particular volunteers are most appreciated.

"We wanted a Target and we got a Target.  We didn't know we were going to get the most wonderful corporate neighbors that we could have," said Furr.

Furr also said that she would like to see more businesses in Jonesboro step up and volunteer to do something like this in the future.