SOLitude Lake Management, an industry leader in lake and pond management, fisheries management and related environmental services for the United States, is pleased to name Ann Marie Dori as the 2015 Volunteer of the Year. In recognition of her volunteering efforts last year, SOLitude Lake Management has made a charitable donation of $3,000 to Lynnhaven River NOW.
Ann Marie, Marketing Project Coordinator at SOLitude Lake Management, spent 191 hours volunteering in 2015 and also encouraged friends to join her efforts, totaling an additional 105 volunteer hours for the year. She volunteered for a number of organizations throughout Southeastern Virginia including the Virginia Beach SPCA, Lynnhaven River NOW, Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, Surfrider Foundation and FiXiT Foundation.
You can find Ann Marie at the Virginia Beach SPCA satellite cat adoption center every Monday night caring for adorable kittens and cats who are awaiting their forever homes. Over 142 cats were adopted from the center in 2015, thanks in part to her help and commitment. Ann Marie also pledged to clean up her neighborhood in the Ocean View area of Norfolk and collected bags of trash and debris from the land and shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay during weekly excursions. She heavily supported a local organization, Lynnhaven River NOW, by joining their monthly environmental community cleanup events and helping with their annual fundraiser / educational fall festival.
Every year, SOLitude Lake Management staff earns points for their volunteer time and, based on the amount of points earned, the company then rewards them with a gift card or donation to a non-profit of their choice. SOLitude matches the reward amount when it is directed to a non-profit. Ann Marie directed her $3,000 donation to Lynnhaven River NOW, a non-profit organization headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA that is focused on restoring and protecting the Lynnhaven River.
Pam Northam, Communities Coordinator at Lynnhaven River NOW, expressed her gratitude. “Thank you so very much for your incredibly generous gift. Because of you, teachers and students will have fun and engaging watershed education opportunities throughout the year. Your support means adding to our successful oyster restoration program, growing more than 63 acres of sanctuary reef and restoring our precious waterways.”
In addition to her personal outreach efforts, Ann Marie Dori is responsible for leading the company’s volunteer and community outreach program, The SOLution. In 2015, the SOLitude team collectively volunteered 1,453 hours and donated over $38,000 in cash and services.
“Ann Marie has taken The SOLution to new heights and continues to inspire us all with her never-ending dedication to supporting and improving her local community,” said Marc Bellaud, President of SOLitude Lake Management. “We admire Ann Marie’s commitment and passion to make the world a better place."
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: Ann Marie Dori (left) directed her SOLution reward and donation as Volunteer of the Year to Lynnhaven River NOW in Virginia Beach, VA. She and Tracy Fleming (center, left), Director of Marketing at SOLitude Lake Management, present the donation check to Lynnhaven River NOW’s Pam Northam, Communities Coordinator, (center, right) and Emily Bodsford, Pearl Home and Pearl Faith Programs Assistant (right).
MIDDLE: Ann Marie Dori joined the non-profit Lynnhaven River NOW for clean-up events throughout the year. Ann Marie (center, left) and fellow volunteers pose in front of bags of trash and debris after a hard day’s work!
BOTTOM: Ann Marie Dori, who was named SOLitude Lake Management’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year, volunteers her time each week at the Virginia Beach SPCA satellite cat adoption center to help kittens and cats find new homes.
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