Through its corporate volunteering and outreach program, The SOLution, SOLitude Lake Management, an industry leader in lake and pond management, fisheries management and related environmental services for the United States, donated games and toys to health stricken children and gift cards, toys, games, clothes and other necessities to under resourced families in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Lynchburg, Virginia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lincoln, Delaware and Spencer, Massachusetts. In the program's fourth year, the 2015 total “HOLiday Cheer” donation totaled $5,000.
This year, SOLitude partnered with the B-Strong Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides meals, gift baskets, and encouragement to families with children who have been diagnosed with cancer at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). SOLitude also coordinated with the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters (CHKD), in Norfolk, Virginia. Toys and games were donated for the children to provide an uplifting distraction while going through trying health-related experiences. SOLitude donated over $800 total in toys and games to both hospitals, which increased $10 for every new social media follower SOLitude received in the month of November.
The “HOLiday Cheer” families adopted this year live in Lynchburg, Virginia and Lincoln, Delaware. These families, which included eight children in total, were nominated by SOLitude clients, staff and faculty at schools we worked with on our Little GOBBLERS program. SOLitude staff selected the adopted families based on nominations showing a true need for additional “HOLiday Cheer” and financial support during a very trying time. SOLitude team members generously purchased multiple items from the childrens’ wish lists to include items such as winter coats, warm clothes and shoes, toy dolls, sports gear and new games. Each family also received a Target gift card to allow them to purchase additional holiday presents and household items along with a gas card to offset their fuel expense.
We also supported several under privileged children throughout the communities we serve by donating to Toys for Tots in Massachusetts, along with donating Christmas turkeys and toys for 45 under privileged families with elementary aged school children in Virginia.
“The amount of support we received from our team, clients, partners and friends this year, was truly overwhelming,” said Tracy Fleming, SOLitude's Director of Marketing. She noted that as a company favorite, the “HOLiday Cheer” program is the perfect way to wrap up a fantastic year of volunteering and fundraising. “The entire team always enthusiastically purchases items for the families we support and this year was no exception.”
The SOLution is a company-wide program that encourages the company and all employees to strive to “create a better world” through volunteerism, community outreach, sustainability and environmental consciousness. SOLitude’s company leadership feels it is important to not only be good stewards of the environment, but also to fulfill company core values to “take action and be accountable” and to “protect and respect nature.” To participate or share a non-profit's goals for consideration in The SOLution, contact Tracy Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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TOP: SOLitude's Becky Higgerson (l), Director of Operations and Sharon Delaney (r), Executive Assistant made a delivery of donated toys and games, to Sherry Brooks (c), Office Coordinator Child Life, Respiratory Care, TCU, 7B & 7H at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia.
MIDDLE: SOLitude “adopted” a family in Lynchburg, Virginia that was nominated by longtime client, Sharlene Tenaglia, Facilities Chairman for Jefferson Villas, after she saw the call for nominations in the SOLitude newsletter, Aquatics in Brief. The family received items on their holiday wish list including warm clothing, sports gear, and various gift cards. Brent Weber (l), Environmental Scientist, SOLitude and Aaron Cushing, Fisheries and Wildlife Biologist and Environmental Scientist, SOLitude (r) delivered the gifts in person to the family (not shown).
BOTTOM: SOLitude “adopted” a family in Lincoln, Delaware that was nominated by Morris Elementary School teacher, Carolyn Price (not shown). Gifts were delivered to Morris Elementary School counselor, Maud Forsberg-Davis (c) by the SOLitude “elves” (from l to r) Greg Blackham, Aquatics Specialist, Wes Allen, Environmental Scientist, Jason Luce, Certified Lake Manager and Fisheries & Wildlife Scientist, and Kirk McDannell, Aquatic Specialist.
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