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YouthBuild helps with upgrades at EREC

ELKINS — As the facility has seen many changes in recent months, additional upgrades are taking place at the Elkins Recreation and Events Center this week.

With the help of YouthBuild North Central, EREC made upgrades to its facility this week by upgrading the roofing on a portion of the building.

EREC Facility Manager Chris Lee said, “We have a good amount of moisture coming into the building on this end because of the existing roof, so this should solve that problem. We’re really happy that we’re able to get this piece of the puzzle figured out.”

The group from individuals who are a part of YouthBuild worked throughout the week in effort to complete the roof repair project at EREC.

“They started the project yesterday and went ahead and laid the wood down so they could come in today and put the metal roofing on,” Lee said.

YouthBuild North Central Construction Supervisor Randy Cunningham said, “These guys really enjoy coming out and learning and being able to spend time outdoors.”

Cunningham expressed the importance of gaining job skills through hands-on experience and the process that YouthBuild members are able to go through in order to do so.

YouthBuild students are able to work toward a number of different certifications during their time in the program, including carpentry, electrical, plumbing and landscaping.

Cunningham explained the certification processes are part of an eight-month program that is offered to each of the students.

During the certification process, students from YouthBuild North Central are able to work year-round on various city projects that YouthBuild completes or takes part in as a way to build on their experience and continue to improve their hands-on job skills.

Since the opening of the facility in May of this year, EREC can be utilized for conferences, weddings, class reunions, meetings, concerts, different types of craft shows, receptions, birthdays, youth programs and sporting events.

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