SIDNEY — With sweat rolling down their faces, 11 members of the Honda Heroes team rolled up their sleeves Saturday for a morning’s work at the Historic Sidney Theatre.
“They are working on the east-side store front of the theatre,” said Sarah Barr, executive director of the Raise the Roof for the Arts/The Sidney Historic Theatre. “We are going to use that are to its fullest potential. It’s going to be the headquarters for Raise the Roof for the Arts and The Sidney Historic Theatre.
“I’m so excited for this to be happening,” she said.
Honda of America, said Barr, is one of the corporate sponsors of the capital campaign for the theatre’s renovation.
“Honda has awarded us a second grant,” said Barr. “They have given us a $150,000 two-year grant which will be used for capital improvements.”
Honda Heroes is composed of Honda employees who volunteer on projects in their community.
“They always chose projects in the communities they support,” said Barr. “They contacted me and I said ‘yes’ about them helping.”
The 11 volunteers rolled into the theatre bright and early Saturday morning to begin striping the floors and walls in preparation of the next step of office renovation. They worked from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The local projects are coordinated by Amy Brown, who is in charge of the Honda Hero program.
“We do a lot of different work in communities,” said Brown. “Honda believes in coming out to help local communities where their employees work.”
Brown is in charge of recruiting Honda associates as volunteers for the local projects.
“It’s very easy to do,” said Brown. “We have a great group of employees. This also gives the employee the opportunity to volunteer to make a difference in their community.”
Honda, said Brown, has volunteered for projects in 17 different Ohio counties.
“Working hands-on is so very important,” said Brown. “We go to different counties to do projects and show that we can make a difference.”
Volunteers for Saturday’s project included Brown, Don Mumford and his wife, Michele, Tark Martin, Xavier Rodas and his daughter, Emma, Eric Smith, Don Daraski, Sam Miller, Anthony Concialdi and Keilah Jordan.
At the end of the day on Saturday, the office space looked totally different from when they started.
“They did an awesome job,” said Barr. “They were busy the entire time they were there. They completely ripped out all the flooring and the ceiling grid is gone. The walls have been patched and are ready to be painted.”