As part of our commitment to environmental stewardship and community involvement,
SOLitude Lake Management strives to foster our company core values both inside and outside of the workplace. Through volunteerism, activism, outreach and fundraising, we believe that we can help to make a difference in the world. By building bridges in our local communities and across the country, we hope to increase our sustainability footprint and make our mark as a company that sincerely cares about the world we live in.
We encourage all our employees to pursue their own passions and, as a company, we strive to be good corporate citizens ... but together we are all "part of The SOLution."
Community Outreach 2019:
The Hampton Roads team volunteered with Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads, Inc. on a home build for a family in Chesapeake, VA. The team worked together with Red Hat Volunteers and students from Home Builders Institute (HBI) to set all of the interior and exterior walls on the first floor.
Service Contract Manager Bret Ervin and his wife are regular volunteers with the Virginia Beach International Student Outreach Program, an organization that provides guidance and resources to international students with a J-1 Summer Work Visa. Bret and his wife met through the program several years ago and continue to stay involved by serving food and interacting with students who want to practice English at the organization's student cafe.
Regional Manager Alberto Florez and Business Development Consultant Gary Wilhelm gathered a group of colleagues, friends and family to participate in the Ft. Lauderdale Beach Sweep. The group spent two hours on a Saturday morning combing the beach for plastic, trash, and debris.
Assistant Regional Manager Errol Walsh and Aquatic Specialist Jared Pope participated in the Brevard County CleanUp for the Manatees hosted by Keep Brevard Beautiful and a local Manatee research organization to collect trash along the beach and near the shallow coastal waters where manatees typically spend the summer months.
Regional Manager Jim Dougherty and Aquatic Specialist Jim Sheeran volunteered at The Salvation Army Fort Myers Corps's Stuff the Bus event where they collected school supplies for the local children in Lee County, FL. Thanks to this event, local students will be stocked with supplies for the school year!
Congratulations to Assistant Regional Manager Errol Walsh and Aquatic Specialist Scott Dye for being named the Co-Volunteers of the 2nd Quarter of 2019! Errol and Scott have volunteered extensively during their personal time with the Seminole Education, Restoration, and Volunteer (SERV) Program. Their efforts include invasive species pulls, shoreline stabilization projects and other environmental restoration efforts.
To celebrate Independence Day, more than 65 SOLitude team members across California, North Carolina, New Jersey, Missouri, Florida, and Virginia crafted handmade 'thank you' letters for inclusion in care packages sent to troops, first responders, veterans, and caregivers. The effort is in collaboration with a nonprofit organization called Operation Gratitude, which has donated more than 2 million care packages to our nation's heroes since 2003.
For the 5th year in a row, Wes Allen, Regional Manager and Environmental Scientist, volunteered as the beach team leader for the DNERR Horseshoe Crab Survey at South Bowers Beach in Delaware. The survey provides data to estimate the horseshoe crab population and harvest limits. These crabs are important commercially for whelk bait, and their blood is critical in the medical industry to test for bacteria in vaccines and other medicines.
Shannon Junior, Senior Business Development Consultant, recently attended an adoption event for the Madison County Animal Shelter where a dog named Cooper, was adopted but immediately escaped. Shannon organized a search party to look for the missing dog and set a trap in a yard where he was spotted.Two weeks later, Shannon organized another search party where Cooper was finally found and returned to his new family.
Executive Assistant Whitney Kochheiser recently volunteered at the Virginia Beach SPCA Western Wags and Whiskers Annual Gala as an animal handler for Roc, a 10-year-old, three-legged car accident survivor that was able to easily convince someone to donate $10,000! The local SPCA holds the gala each year to raise funds for the shelter, and this year they were able to raise nearly $75,000 overall.
A group of colleagues from the West Palm Beach office joined a group of 545 volunteers for Feed Palm Beach County Day. The team came together to set up tables, assemble meals, and replenish other teams who were also packing. Over the course of the day, more than 125,000 bags were packed to provide meals for families in need.
The Hampton Roads team volunteered at the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank in Hampton, VA to pack more than 200 bags of food that will provide more than 5,000 meals to families in need around their community. Great job team!
Throughout the month of April to celebrate Earth Day, SOLitude’s team completed nationwide trash clean-ups and environmental projects focused on preserving the health and beauty of our local communities. Colleagues in Florida, Delaware, Missouri, New Jersey, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania all participated in Earth Day volunteer efforts.
Help us in congratulating Senior Business Development Consultant and Aquatic Ecologist Shannon Junior for being named Volunteer of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2019! Shannon logged an impressive total of 104 personal volunteering hours in the first quarter, many of which were with the Madison County Animal Shelter, where attended 12 pet adoption events and worked one-on-one with animals waiting to be adopted.
In recognition of World Water Day (March 22), SOLitude is pleased to announce a new annual giving campaign aimed at providing impoverished families across the world with better access to clean water. For every 30 new followers SOLitude receives across social platforms in 2019, the company will help provide an individual with a lifetime of access to clean water through charity: water. This non-profit organization is dedicated to introducing clean water resources to people in developing countries.
Colleagues at our Virginia Beach office put together nearly 70 toiletry bags that were delivered to the Ronald McDonald House. These bags contain toothpaste, shampoos, and soaps and are given to families that experience an unexpected stay at Ronald McDonald House with their children and may not have any toiletries while they’re there.
Regional Administrator Regina Brimmer and Fisheries Scientist Tyler Meighhan worked together to clean up trash at every fire access road, overlook, and trail head along a 32 mile stretch of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.
Because of their strong environmental missions and initiatives, SOLitude Lake Management is a dedicated supporter of the following groups as part of The SOLution program:
Our 2019 annual giving campaign is aimed at providing disadvantaged communities across the world with better access to clean water.
Our campaign promise: For every 30 followers, SOLitude will help provide clean water to one person in need for the rest of their life.
Follow, share, and be part of The SOLution.
Contact us if you or your organization would like to be "part of The SOLution" or if you would like to share a nonprofit's goals for consideration in our program
In support of our belief that lakes and ponds are a precious natural resource requiring protection, SOLitude is committed to providing sustainable and renewable solutions that maintain ecological balance in the workplace and beyond.
When you partner with SOLitude, a dedicated field technician visits your lake or pond twice a month, leveraging extensive knowledge and training to carefully maintain ecological balance and preserve the appearance of your aquatic property.
Utilizing the latest GPS aquatic mapping technology and our own proprietary lake and pond management software, the experts at SOLitude collect all the data necessary to provide comprehensive analysis and in-depth solutions.