Racino builders donate skills

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During the week, Turner Construction is busy building the multimillion dollar racino in Austintown for Penn National Gaming.

But last weekend, they gave a hand to a local resident.

A team from the company spent Saturday painting, landscaping and making other repairs to a house on Brentwood Avenue on Youngstown’s South Side. The elderly woman who lives there didn’t have the resources to make repairs on the house on her own.

“She just couldn’t afford to pay somebody to do it,” said Jack Daughtery with Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation. “We were working to connect her to someone who could assist. We just happened to come across Turner Construction, and they were interested in doing a project.”

Volunteers also did some landscaping, bush trimming and replaced some railings, as well as mowed the grass at some neighboring vacant lots.

Randy Painter with Turner Construction said the company tries to find local service projects in every community where they have a construction contract.

“In every city we work in, we’re involved in the community. We make community projects a real priority and the staff embraces it,” said Painter. “We asked our Youngstown State University co-ops that were working with us this summer to research and find a worthwhile project that we could make ours and the help the community.”

The volunteers donated their time as well as all supplies and materials.

Volunteers with Turner said they would like to put together another local rehab-and-repair project for the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation next spring.

“If you look at the impact, it’s absolutely priceless,” said Daughtery. “The fact that people came out here to volunteer their time and demonstrate their commitment to this community.”

The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation works with the city of Youngstown and the Raymond John Wean Foundation on neighborhood reinvestment and revitalization.

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