Sprint Teams up with U.M. ARMY in Sweeny

At Sprint Waste Services, we love shining a spotlight on our people and resources coming together for a great cause. U.M. ARMY, or United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth, helps people in need with small construction and home repair projects referred through local church organizations and social services agencies.

U.M. ARMY was brought to Sprint Waste’s attention by John Marion, our in-plant ExxonMobil Baytown services team leader, who each summer dedicates a week of his vacation to the organization. Armed with a 40-yard Sprint rolloff box and some willing volunteers, Marion (pictured below, far right) and his team built a 20-ft wheelchair ramp with hand rails and a 4-ft by 8-ft porch with stairs and hand rails, installed two storm doors, repaired and installed light fixtures, and fixed minor plumbing jobs in Sweeny, Texas, a small Brazoria County town 60 miles south of Houston.

“Working with U.M. ARMY each summer is rewarding on many levels, from helping so many elderly and disabled homeowners to watching these kids learn new skills and work as a team to accomplish a goal,” said Marion (pictured, far right). “We appreciate Sprint’s support of our mission with the equipment donation and by helping us to get the word out about U.M. ARMY’s work.”

Sprint Waste President Dave Nelson applauded Marion’s commitment and the team’s efforts to help the community, one project at a time. “John’s leadership abilities are on display for us and our customers every day, but his dedication and passion for this wonderful cause are an inspiration to all of us here at Sprint.” Nelson said. “We couldn’t be happier to support U.M. ARMY this summer and help with the cleanup. Thanks to John and his team for a job well done!”

Founded in 1979 as a small youth mission trip from three Houston-area churches, U.M. ARMY is celebrating 40 years of service and ministry. Today the organization has grown to more than 30 separate missions throughout East and Southeast Texas with more than 3,500 youth and adult volunteers annually. U.M. ARMY’s overall mission is two-fold: serving people in need, and providing young people an opportunity to mature in their faith-walk and life skills through Christian service.

That mission is accomplished every summer when thousands of youth and adult volunteers sacrifice a week of their vacation to join God’s ARMY. Using a local Methodist church as a base to gather to have their meals, sleep in classrooms, and worship, participants spend each day of the week providing free home repairs for low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners.

For more information about U.M. ARMY or to get involved, visit http://umarmy.org.