Volunteers from John Deere Help Fix-Up Oakridge Neighborhood

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DES MOINES, Iowa — John Deere’s Des Moines Works employees took time away from their desks Thursday to get their hands dirty doing some volunteer work.

Twelve employees spent time helping to fix-up the Oakridge neighborhood. They focused on three projects: cleaning and re-striping the parking lots, landscaping, and doing some renovation inside the educational building.

Oakridge leaders say getting these types of projects together helps the Oakridge neighborhood thrive.

“We have about 1,100 residents here and 300 units, 65% of them are immigrants mostly from North Africa. So we have a story to tell and to help our benefactors understand our mission for them to have some of their people here I think it’s a terrific benefit,” says Tim Urban, with the Oakridge neighborhood.

Urban says there are several other corporations that send employees to volunteer throughout the year.



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