Robert Mericle created the Lend a Hand Program as a way to donate his company’s manpower and equipment to make a positive difference in Northeastern Pennsylvania’s communities.
Each year, Mericle and community leaders select various projects in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, such as upgrading run-down community parks or athletic fields. Mericle spearheads each project and donates all of the resources needed including planning, labor, specialty services, and materials and equipment.
For each project, Mericle donates the cost of any in-house labor, subcontracted labor, equipment, and materials needed such as excavation, carpentry, paving, etc… On the Saturday at the end of each project week, Mericle employees and their family members volunteer to complete each project. The work on Saturdays typically includes painting, landscaping, mulching, and general clean up. Some of the projects the Mericle team has completed during the Lend a Hand Program are as follows:
- Spadi Park Renovation, Jenkins Township
- Luzerne County Head Start Garage Construction, Wilkes-Barre
- Oriole’s and Bryden Parks Upgrades, Pittston Township
- Engineering, Site Design, and Site Work for Maintenance Building and Salt Shed, Dupont Borough
- Jessup Youth Sports Complex Tornado Recovery, Jessup Borough
- Bryden Park Major Upgrades to Athletic Fields and Facilities, Pittston Township
- Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary Garbage Clean-Up, Hanover Township
- Soccer Practice Fields Construction, Jackson Township Recreational Park, Jackson Township
- Dugout Construction, Duryea Little League, Duryea Borough
- Concession Stand and Press Box Reconstruction after Arson, Plains Baseball, Inc., Plains Township
- Construction of Specially Adapted Home, Homes for Our Troops Program, Scott Township
- Nature Trail Clearing, Lake Lehman School District, Lake Lehman
- Robert Yaple Memorial Park Upgrade, Hughestown Borough
- Healey Playground Upgrade, Duryea Borough
- Pittston City Pool Site Reclamation, Pittston
Since the start of the Lend a Hand Program, Mericle has donated more than 5,000 hours of service and hundreds of thousands of dollars of materials and equipment that the individual communities most likely would not have been able to afford.