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Our Community, Our Seniors, Our Water program begins
May 15, 2019

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Florida Governmental Utility Authority, Lehigh Community Services and Lehigh Senior Center recently launched a pilot program called "Our Community, Our Seniors, Our Water." The program will run through the months of May and June and is meant to tie into World Environment Day, which is held on June 5.

The goal of the program is to promote water conservation awareness and showcase the benefits of art therapy for seniors via a rain barrel painting contest. The pilot program has gained the community's support with donations and by volunteering their time. Local Jr. ROTC and East Leadership Academy spent the previous weekend preparing the barrels for the seniors to paint.

"Our program is off to a good start and we would like to thank Hawkins, Inc. for their donation of the barrels to the program and also thank Home Depot who donated the paint supplies. A special thanks to LTC Gordon Crawford and Captain Bill Roseberry, East Lee Leadership Academy, Jr. ROTC and all the cadets who came out on Saturday, May 4 and worked so hard to get the barrels prepared by thoroughly washing, sanding and priming them in preparation of painting," Donna Lizotte, Community Service Representative for FGUA said.

This year's theme is "Harvest the Rain Reap the Gain," Several seniors have already begun to paint their barrels at the Lehigh Acres Senior Center and a few participating at Fountain Crest Retirement Community.

"Their artwork is amazing and the level of talent I have seen is astonishing. We are very excited to see the finished product. Lenore Del-Castello explained that while she has been painting for some time, she never considered painting a rain barrel. The artists will continue to paint the barrels through the week of May 6 through May 10," Lizotte said.

Once completed the barrels will be displayed at various locations throughout the community at participating locations such as the local library, bank lobbies and sponsored business locations. The artwork will be judged on June 5.

"Residents can view some of the barrels which will be on display at the East County Library May 13 through May 24. We are presently working to add more locations prior to the end of the program," Lizotte said.

FGUA, Lehigh Community Services and the seniors participating send out their thanks to local businesses that made this event possible including; Prize Sponsor U.S. Water Services Corporation for their donation as well as Program Sponsors LA Insurance and Lehigh General & Implant Dentistry for their support of the program.

"We want to add a thank you for a recent donation we received from Lowe's which showed a great support for the community," Lizotte said.

Local businesses wishing to help raise money and to participate as a sponsor can reach out to Donna Lizotte, Community Service Representative on behalf of the FGUA at (239) 303-0459 or Carolyn Peplow, Director at Lehigh Community Services at (239) 369-5818.

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