Girls Inc.’s Richmond headquarters gets free rehab with help from nonprofit, volunteers

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Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa Board President Vicki Winston (left), and Executive Director Tiffany Harris (right), pose during a renovation of their center in September, 2014.

The folks at Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa County have done so much good for local youths over the years, it was about time some good was done for them.

On Tuesday, more than a dozen Chevron Richmond employees joined the nonprofit Rebuilding Together East Bay-North (RTEBN) to begin rehabilitating the Girls Inc. headquarters at 260 Broadway in Richmond.

The project, at no cost to Girls Inc., involves painting, replacing blinds and making a number of safety installations, including swapping electrical outlets to GFCI to prevent shock and replacing meter boxes with new locks to secure the facility. New window locks to enhance security are also part of the rehabilitation.

The folks at Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa County have done so much good for local youths over the years, it was about time some good was done for them. While volunteers made a lot of progress Tuesday, they are expected to return at a later date to finish the work, said Executive Director Tiffany Harris.

It’s the nonprofit’s first significant rehab in seven years, Harris said.

The building improvements were made possible after Andrea Bailey, community engagement manager for Chevron Richmond, recommended to officials at Girls Inc. that they partner with Rebuilding Together East Bay-North, a nonprofit providing free, extensive rehabilitation and modification services to those in need.

“I didn’t even know this was available,” said an elated Vicki Winston, a board member for Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa County. ”I can’t thank Rebuilding Together and the Chevron Richmond volunteers enough.”

The folks at Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa County have done so much good for local youths over the years, it was about time some good was done for them.Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa County has for nearly 40 years inspired girls ages 5 to 18 through workshops and after-school programming such as Operation Smart, which exposes young women to the sciences through hands-on learning. The nonprofit also helps pave a path for girls hoping to attend college.

While Girls Inc. is part of a national organization, it operates its own budget and is responsible for its fundraising, Harris said.

Rebuilding Together East Bay-North operates in Albany, Berkeley and Emeryville and, through a special grant from the Lesher Foundation, will continue to build its presence and impact on Richmond.

Chevron Richmond officials said the Girls Inc. rehab effort was part of the company’s annual Volunteer Week, which this year includes 50 projects and 539 volunteers in the community.

The folks at Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa County have done so much good for local youths over the years, it was about time some good was done for them.

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