Centerline Services LLC, partners, members, and owners are involved with several community service projects in the United States and Latin-America.
Fundación Armando el Futuro is a private Colombian-American nonprofit 501C3 foundation. It has as its purpose to strengthen educational institutions and organizations.
The objective of this foundation is social and community development and its primary area of operation is the Republic of Colombia in its entirety. It Was founded by Kenneth Plotkin in 2009, after visiting the region of Quimbaya, Quindío in the coffee region of Colombia and seeing the need for help in education for the underprivileged children of the region.
Building of a Library for 280 students in Quimbaya, Quindío which is located in the coffee region of Colombia. This was for the school, “Institución Educativa Ramon Messa Londoño”.
Other projects include, but are not limited to:
Centerline is supporting Graffiti Artist Juan Pablo Almonacid’s efforts to beautify McCollum Hall in coordination with the Fort Myers Mural Society of Lee County.
During its heyday, McCollum Hall was considered the jewel of the Dunbar business community. The two-story 10,000-square-foot Art Deco building was part of the “Chitlin’ Circuit in the 1930s and ‘40s” and the second-floor dance hall hosted such internationally-renowned musicians as Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, B.B. King, Lionel Hampton, Otis Redding, Lucky Milliner and Duke Ellington and his orchestra. During performances, area residents would gather in the parking lot, Affectionately named Buck’s Backyard, where they would play along with the musicians inside on slap boxes, harmonicas and other instruments, eat barbeque, drink beer and smoke cigars.
The mural project will be painted on seventeen concrete panels on the eight-foot-tall wall that separates McCollum Hall from the residential neighborhood just to the north.Almonicid and Schlake were chosen from a field of nine applicants by a gold star five-member selection committee who scored the artists’ submissions on the basis of originality, technical ability, visibility by motorists passing by on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, style and how well their designs express the Buck’s Backyard theme.
Children in both primary and secondary levels of schooling (grade school and high school) have benefited immensely with this project. These children do not have access to many of the resources that most take for granted in first-world countries and yet, through their own inspiring efforts, endeavor to obtain their education. They do so thanks to the tireless efforts of those who over many years have volunteered their time, without thought of financial gain, and have committed themselves to the education of the students of this region and have helped them strive for a better future.