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Kimball Court Staff, Residents Give Back

During summer community program to benefit five charities.

 

When Jennifer Gauthier’s boss proposed that she and her fellow managers company-wide come up with an idea to give back to their communities, she came up with five.

Gauthier is property manager for apartments. Their summer-long series of fundraisers benefit five organizations, including two here.

Staff and residents held a car wash for Friends Helping Seniors at the and are planning a walk around Horn Pond in September to raise money for in Woburn.

They’re also collecting books for a school in Everett in conjunction with the national Books from the Heart program and holding fundraisers to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

With 525 apartments, the community is large and diverse, according to Gauthier, with older, long-time residents and young professionals, at different income levels.  She wanted to do “something that involved everybody.”

At the car wash this month, Gauthier and Susan Vinnaco-Cummings, senior property manager and maintenance team members Anthony Auciello and Michael Schiavone and Gauthier’s 13-year-old daughter, Madison, raised $210 for Friends Helping Seniors by washing 35 cars. They also accepted donations.

A resident in a wheelchair who uses the Senior Center came to the car wash, Gauthier said, and made a donation to have her wheelchair rinsed.

Gauthier has already delivered a carload of books to an elementary school in Everett.  New and like-new books are welcome through Aug. 31.  Gauthier chose the school because, she said, at least half its students receive free school lunches.

On Friday, June 22, 15 percent of the money spent at Chuck E. Cheese between 3 and 9 p.m. will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Fund.

On the weekend of Aug. 18 and 19, Gauthier is planning a workout for St. Jude’s in the property’s fitness center. People can work out or donate a flat amount, Gauthier said, or an amount based on the number of miles walked on the treadmill or pounds lifted.

On Sept, 30, Team Kimball will walk around to benefit VNA Hospice Care. They will give the entry fee of $30, plus pledges, to the hospice service.

The community at large as well as apartment residents are welcome to participate and contribute to the efforts, Gauthier said.

The apartment complex’s reputation and sense of community have improved, according to Gauthier, who’s been the property manager there for five years.

For more information about any of the summer fundraisers, call her at 781-933-9900.

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