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 Becky Snyder and Ann Marie Dori as their 2016 Volunteers of the Year, and Shannon Junior as Volunteer of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2016. In recognition of their volunteering efforts last year, SOLitude has made charitable donations totaling $5,860 to the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, the Virginia Beach SPCA and the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL).
Becky Snyder, Regional Administrator for SOLitude’s New England territory, was named as a Volunteer of the Year after spending an impressive 125 hours volunteering in 2016 and participating in 27 volunteer events throughout the year. For nearly two decades, Becky has regularly volunteered as an adult advisor with the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a non-profit organization that strives to give girls the tools, training, and encouragement to let their individual spirits shine bright. As a mentor to the young women in the organization, she has been instrumental in teaching them how to be confident leaders in their community. Becky also serves as SOLitude’s volunteering team captain for the New England region. Over the past year, she has done a tremendous job of organizing new and interesting team events and inspiring her colleagues to help support their local communities. Team volunteering events that Becky coordinated in 2016 included volunteering with the Worcester County Food Bank, starting a supply drive for the Worcester Animal Rescue League, creating an office fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and scheduling an Earth Day cleanup on the Blackstone River.
Ann Marie Dori, Marketing Project Coordinator at SOLitude, spent 209 hours volunteering in 2016 and was also named as a Volunteer of the Year. Ann Marie participated in 95 volunteering events and volunteered for a number of organizations throughout Southeastern Virginia including the Virginia Beach SPCA, Lynnhaven River NOW, Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, The Virginia Gentlemen Foundation and the East Ocean View Civic League. Every Monday night, you can find Ann Marie at the Virginia Beach SPCA satellite cat adoption center caring for adorable kittens and cats who are awaiting their forever homes. In addition to helping prepare 144 cats and kittens for their new homes this year, she also participated in a phone-a-thon fundraiser as well as the SPCA Puttin’ for Paws event. One of Ann Marie’s other passion-projects in 2016 involved working as project leader with the East Ocean View Civic League (EOVCL) to design and build a rain garden at the recreation center in her neighborhood. Ann Marie, members of EOVCL and 40 volunteers planted and mulched 5,700 square feet that included 984 total plants. The rain garden was a great success and now successfully absorbs runoff and helps to reduce flooding and pollution of surrounding waterbodies.
Shannon Junior, Aquatic Ecologist and Senior Business Development Consultant at SOLitude, was named as Volunteer of the Quarter and volunteered 51 hours in the fourth quarter of 2016. Shannon spent almost every Saturday of the fourth quarter, and throughout the year, at day-long PetSmart adoption events, bringing dogs from her local Madison County Animal Shelter to meet with potential forever families. Shannon manages the shelter’s Facebook page, committing endless hours of time photographing and showing off the uniqueness of each of these beautiful animals. She also makes tie-dyed doggie bandanas and t-shirts, and donates 100% of her sales back to the shelter. Through all of her efforts last year, Shannon helped 103 dogs find their permanent homes.
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. Becky Snyder directed her $1,060 donation to the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, and Ann Marie Dori directed her $2,800 donation to the Virginia Beach SPCA. Shannon Junior directed her donation of $2,000 to the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL).
Patricia Want, Shelter Director at RAWL, expressed her gratitude. “I would like to thank you for your generous donation of $2,000 to the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League. Your donation will help us to continue to rescue unwanted, abandoned, abused or neglected dogs, and to find loving homes for each and every one of them.”
Susan A. Torrey, Supreme Deputy for the Intentional Order of the Rainbow for Girls, Grand Assembly of Massachusetts, praised Becky Snyder and thanked SOLitude. “The Grand Assembly of MA, IORG is pleased to accept the donation in honor of Becky Snyder's volunteerism to help our young teens transform into leaders throughout our Bay State communities. Role models like Becky inspire others just by doing what they feel is the right thing to do.”
“Becky, Ann Marie and Shannon lead by example and inspire us all to help make the world a better place,” said Marc Bellaud, President of SOLitude Lake Management. “We admire their support of the causes they care deeply about and their commitment to making a difference in their local communities.”
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 and good corporate citizens, 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 us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.solitudelakemanagement.com/solution.
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