This month marks the 10th year that one local Eldersburg resident has helped to bring drama productions to life.
Jeff Meyer, whose children both attended Century High and participated in the drama program, decided to pitch in one year when the school was in need of money to help build sets for productions–and he never stopped.
“My son Josh said that they were looking for help building sets for the drama productions in 2002 and 2003,” said Meyer. “I started volunteering around that time and I have been there ever since. My daughter Kate graduated in 2007, but I still help out.”
Meyer volunteers his time and in turn his company, IBM, where he works as a project manager in disaster recovery, donates money to the school.
Through the program, IBM offers money or computers to the organization where their employees volunteer, based on more than 40 hours of volunteer work.
The hours are logged monthly on the IBM website and every year Meyer is eligible for a $1,000 grant.
He has participated in the program for a decade this year, recently earning his 10th check.
“I enjoy giving back,” said Meyer. “It is rewarding to see the results of my efforts and it is great to know that IBM cares enough to maintain a community grant program that helps local schools.”
“Jeff has been an invaluable member of our drama department for the last 10 years,” said Lucas Hewitt, the drama teacher and drama director at Century High School.