"We're doing painting on the inside, scraping and painting on the outside, and landscaping cleanup, putting plants in, cleaning shrubs up, and putting mulch down," said Deloitte employee Steve Feye.
Over 60 employees of Deloitte scraped, raked, clipped, gardened and painted a local group home for residents with disabilities on Friday for the company's 15th annual IMPACT Day.
"We want to make a difference and help and share some of our skills in gardening and painting with somebody we can help."
Once a year, professional service firm Deloitte, shuts down for a day nation-wide, so that its 60,000 employees can take part in local community service. This year employees say they decided refurbish the STAR Inc group home as away to honor a former employee who recently passed away.
"Our colleague that passed away, his granddaughter had down syndrome and we wanted to give back to something that was special and meaningful to him," said Deloitte employee Karen Zeilnhofer.
For over 60 years, Norwalk organization, STAR Inc. has assisted thousands of infants, teens and adults with developmental disabilities. STAR focuses on helping adults with disabilities live their own homes, like this one on Bayne Street, while also providing constant training, supervision and support.
"We view ourselves as fairly fortunate in terms of our ability to be successful, and with that comes the responsibility to give back to the community and it's one of the things we try to do," said Feye. "We have people here from first year with the firm who are young and barely out of college to people like myself who started with the firm in 1978 and to really build that legacy that giving back to the community is important."