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Store donates mowers to youth jobs program

The Home Depot in Evanston donated two gas lawn mowers to the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program’s Community Service Team that helps maintain vacant properties in town.

“We really love helping the community and this is a great cause,” said Julie Landrum, manager of the store at 2201 Oakton St.

The youth team’s work cuts costs for the city, compared to contracting out the maintenance work, said Kelly Fitzpatrick, field coordinator for the city program, and until recently the team had to use old fashioned push lawnmowers to do the work.

“The two new lawn mowers will be very helpful when cutting the grass of these properties,” Fitzpatrick added. “It will be much easier and faster to clean up the properties and the new mowers will help to beautify the city. We are very grateful to the Home Depot for this useful donation.”

The Summer Youth Employment Program offers employment for Evanston students ages 14-18 during the summer months. This year the program helped 140 students find jobs doing various jobs around Evanston including office support, community service, helping the fire and police departments and working in recreational camps such as the Ecology Center and Chandler-Newberger Center.

Above: Community Service Team members with their new mowers outside the Home Depot store.

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