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Country music star does good by nonprofit
Trace Adkins lends a hand with renovations
 
Published Monday, July 30, 2012 11:03 am
by Sommer Brokaw

Country music star Trace Adkins rolled up his sleeves to help revitalize Urban Ministry Center, a nonprofit agency serving the homeless.

PHOTO/DANIEL COSTON
Country music star Trace Adkins (left) helped Urban Ministry Center launch a $50,000 renovation program on July 24.


After a nationwide vote, the local UMC was chosen for $50,000 worth of renovations from “Drops of Good: The Maxwell House Community Project.”


On July 24, Adkins used enormous blue shears to cut the ribbon to celebrate the unveiling of renovations at Charlotte’s UMC. It marked the start of renovations of the multi-purpose room to create more office space, upgrading the art studio and bathrooms, replacing broken doors and windows, and building new gardens and outdoor seating.


UMC offers daily services to over 500 people such as a soup kitchen, dental care, showers and laundry, while also providing temporary shelter, substance abuse treatment and education to the community in hopes of ending homelessness.


The competition was highlighted in The Post in May when UMC staff lobbied the public to vote for the nonprofit to get the grant and volunteers to help with a three-day extreme makeover of its historic depot building.


In partnership with Rebuilding Together and Adkins, Maxwell House granted three community centers across the county the $50,000 grant and three-day extreme makeover.


Dale Mullenix, UMC’s executive director, thanked Rebuilding Together, Maxwell House, and Adkins for supporting the drive to end homelessness.
“The depot building is where our artwork program, garden and soccer program are all based and this has been critical to us,” he said. “I want to thank Trace Adkins for coming to bring a highlight to what it means to volunteer in this community.” 


Adkins said giving back is part of country music’s culture.


“The country music community is very charitable and giving,” he said.  “I think everybody knows that the philanthropic work that gets done by the country music industry is just without equal.


“Hopefully, it feels like we’re doing some good,” he said.  “What you want to do is make a positive impact on somebody’s life, and hopefully we’ve achieved that to better enable these folks here at the UMC – to get these people on their way to recovery really and help them achieve their independence.”

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