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Historical Society gets help sprucing up Paine House

June 17, 2013

Workers from R&D Simulia of Providence work on the garden at the Paine House on Station Street in Coventry. The software company takes a day annually to help non-profits. Jessica Boisclair. Kent County Daily Times.

COVENTRY— Members of the Western Rhode Island Civic Historical Society (WRICHS) were thrilled to have employees of a Providence companyvolunteering their time at the Paine House on Friday morning as a way to help out non-profits throughout the state.

Society member Norma Smith explained that the WRICHS found the company, R&D Simulia, on the Preserve Rhode Island listserv.

“They came up and this company apparently does volunteer work one day a year so we responded to the ad,” she explained.

Smith said the society was never aware that companies did this type of community service and “that’s one of the good things about Preserve Rhode Island, we’re being made aware of different grants and projects.”

David Duke, Simulation Apps QA Manager for Simulia, said although they are a “software company” that offers “3D experience through realistic simulation,” they take time out of their schedule one day a year to help non-profit organizations throughout the country.

He said this year; the company is assisting 30 different organizations. It first began with a small group within R&D who wanted to partake in some community service but “now it’s actually a lot of the other offices in other states that started doing it as well.”

“This is a good thing because it’s nice to help out and they were very thankful for the help,” he added. “It’s a really good program.”

Brenda Titus, president of the society, explained that 11 volunteers spent their morning, from 8:30 to 12:30, at the Paine House, located at 7 Station St., doing various projects.

“This is hours and hours of labor that we probably wouldn’t have gotten done because we have a small membership,” she excitedly stated. “We’re so thrilled to have people here.”

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