COUNCIL BLUFFS — A year ago, officials at the Council Bluffs YMCA received a bid of $17,000 from a private company to paint the gyms in the facility on South Fourth Street.
There was just one problem.
“We didn’t have the money to do it,” said Director Leo McIntosh.
Well, the gyms were painted on Friday, and there was no need to get out the wallet.
About two dozen employees of TSYS Merchant Solutions did the job at no charge as part of the United Way of the Midlands’ Day of Caring.
The Y paid for the painting materials. The company’s volunteers took four hours out of their day to paint the large upstairs gym and the smaller one on the main floor.
“We’re trying to pitch in and lend a hand,” said Cory Mann, TSYS marketing director.
They were not alone. About 820 employees from various companies volunteered their time doing projects all over the metropolitan area, more than triple last year’s number of participants, said Ness Bashara, a United Way official.
TSYS Merchant Solutions, which helps process credit card payments between businesses and their customers, is a global company with a branch office in Omaha. Altogether, 8,000 people worldwide work for the company, Mann said.
This isn’t the first time the United Way has helped the local Y, McIntosh said.
“We’re part of United Way, and we get a lot of support for our teen programs, our aquatics and our child care center.”