Sotterley exists due to the generosity of a community that cares, and gifts to Sotterley come in many packages: monetary donations, in-kind donations of goods and services, volunteer hours, etc. On Saturday, July 26th, we received a wonderful gift of time and talents from The Boeing Company when Sotterley was selected for Boeing's Global Month of Service project.
A team of Boeing employees came dressed to work first thing in the morning, and promptly began the task at hand: to prime and repaint two of Sotterley's historic buildings located just behind the Visitor Center. One building, the Creamery, is used by our Junior Docents as they greet visitors and share activities with them. The other building is located at the head of the Nature Trails, and Sotterley has plans to use this as a launching point for the trails with exhibits and information. Both buildings were cleaned, primed, and most of a first coat finished before the end of Boeing’s day, and it has made such a striking difference!
Sotterley has a very lean operating budget and a small staff, and many maintenance and restoration projects can only take place when Sotterley is given the resources necessary complete important site and building preservation. Many companies and individuals have made projects come to fruition in the past several years, and The Boeing Company is the latest to put community first and has directly lent a helping hand. The Boeing Company also sponsors Sotterley's Speaker Series, and this continues to be a wonderful educational and cultural offering for Southern Maryland.
Our thanks to The Boeing Company and the many other organizations who believe that This Place Matters!