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 2012
The Texas team continues to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Aquatic Specialist Robert Callaway and his wife Rebekah joined a group of volunteers and dedicated an entire day to helping a family in Rockport clean up debris on their property. Aquatic Technician Ryan Young and his parents spent two days delivering water and helping 13 families return to their homes to retrieve items, including rescuing a stranded cat.
Team SOLitude members from both our Bryan and Tyler, TX offices volunteered over the Labor Day weekend to gather and deliver much needed supplies to two cities near Houston affected by Hurricane Harvey – Winnie and Spring. They also rolled up their sleeves and assisted three families with sorting through what could be salvaged and clearing out what could not be saved. Thank you so much for all of your hard work!
Along with their sons, Aquatic Biologist & Territory Leader Bob Schindler and Aquatic Specialist Kevin Shank volunteered with the Musconetcong Watershed Association. With just over 40 volunteers, the group worked for 4 hours to hand pull 7,000 pounds of invasive Water Chestnut from areas of the lake that aren’t accessible with mechanical harvesting.
For the 4th year in a row, Aquatic Specialist and former golf course superintendent Trent Nelson volunteered with the PGA Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, NC. Proceeds from this annual tournament benefit Save the Children as well as various local charities.
Wildlife & Fisheries Biologist Cole Kabella impressed us this quarter with his volunteering efforts for a local animal shelter in Bryan, TX. Cole dedicated his time to cleaning, walking dogs and even restoring the shelter’s quarter-acre pond. That’s why we’ve named Cole our Volunteer of the second Quarter! Congrats, Cole! Follow this link to learn more.
Team SOLitude out of our Georgetown, DE office, along with family and friends volunteered to help Delaware Wildlands at their Sharp Farm location. The dedicated team spent a half day removing invasive wineberry from the area, which grows in forest understory and outcompetes native plants.
Wildlife & Fisheries Biologist Dylan Kwak and Aquatic Biologist Erin Stewart noticed an injured and disoriented great horn owl when completing a site visit at a lake we manage in Broomfield, CO. After consulting a local raptor rescue - Birds of Prey - they caught and transported the owl to the organization’s facility for treatment and rehabilitation. Way to go team SOLitude!
Team SOLitude members from our Hackettstown, NJ office volunteered at ParkFest to raise awareness for the historic Morris Canal. Aquatic Technician, Vincent Giordano and Water Quality Specialist, Genya Burlyaev spent the afternoon displaying equipment and talking to attendees about the importance of lake and wetlands management.
SOLitude joined forces with environmental students from Maple Shade High School to restore a pond in Burlington County, New Jersey. The long-term restoration project included trash clean-ups, planting 1,000 beneficial plants and ongoing educational guidance by Senior Business Development Consultant John Phelps. Click to learn more about our commitment to environmental stewardship.
For the 3rd year in a row, Environmental Scientist & Territory Leader, Wes Allen is volunteering as a team leader with the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) horseshoe crab Survey. Joined this year by Regional Administrator, Kelly Wilson, they are collecting data that will help develop management strategies for the population.
Team members in our Charlottesville and Virginia Beach, VA offices volunteered to be zone captains and lead trash cleanup groups for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s 29th annual Clean the Bay Day. Over 6,000 volunteers throughout VA came together to remove 100,000 pounds of harmful debris and cleaned 440 miles of streams and shoreline in just 3 hours!
For the 6th year in a row, members of our Charlottesville team volunteered for the annual Family and Youth Casting Call event at Constitution Gardens in Washington, DC. Fisheries Biologist, Aaron Cushing, along with his wife, daughter and friend spent the day teaching children the basics of fishing in a fun and supportive setting.
For Earth Day and Arbor Day, we participated in over a dozen environmental volunteering events throughout the regions we serve! Our employees, family members and friends volunteered a total of 223 hours of their time to help collect 3,180 pounds of trash and debris, complete the first step of a beneficial shoreline restoration project and install 2,000 native wetland plants in local communities throughout the country. Learn more.
Congratulations to Aquatic Specialist, Greg Blackham, for being named SOLitude's Volunteer of the First Quarter! Greg spent 15.5 hours volunteering in the first quarter and also contributed 28 family and friend hours to SOLitude’s annual goal of 2,500 volunteering hours. Follow this link to learn more about his commitment to his community and the environment.
The Charlottesville, VA SOLitude team helped out again with the annual Heritage Day at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, VA. This family and youth fishing event is well attended by children 16 and under who rarely have an opportunity to go fishing themselves. The state stocks the creek with trout and SOLitude’s team helps by teaching kids and adults how to fish.
Team members from our Charlottesville, VA office helped lead a World Water Day trash cleanup with the Rivanna Conservation Alliance. The 13 person crew focused on the Riverview Park area and filled the entire work truck with garbage: 30 bags of trash, a suitcase and a bucket full of concrete.
The Raleigh, NC SOLitude team joined the Haw River Assembly for their annual spring Clean-Up-A-Thon. They joined a group of 26 other volunteers at the Bynum location and together they picked up 23 bags of trash in just over 3 hours!
For the 4th year in a row, the Georgetown, DE SOLitude crew, along with family and friends, volunteered with the DE Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s annual beach grass planting at Cape Henlopen State Park. Grass is planted on the dunes to help reinforce and protect the coastline from storms and high tides.
Members of the Virginia Beach, VA SOLitude crew participated in Lynnhaven River NOW’s trash cleanup. Every month, Lynnhaven River NOW volunteer crews pull hundreds, sometimes thousands, of pounds of trash from wetlands and waterways in Virginia Beach, preventing this trash from making it into our oceans; this month’s figure was just over 1,500 pounds.
Staff from our Newport News and Virginia Beach, VA offices met at Combat Wounded Coalition’s (Home of Wounded Wear) headquarters in Chesapeake to help with preparing gift bags for their 7th annual awards ceremony and fundraiser, Toast to the Heroes. SOLitude also supported wounded warriors and families of the fallen by sponsoring the event.
Staff from our Shrewsbury, MA office enjoyed spending an evening serving meals to individuals and families in need at the Mustard Seed Soup Kitchen in Worcester. The dedicated team also helped clean up after the meal service was completed.
The Georgetown, DE crew volunteered along with family members and friends to help out the Food Bank of Delaware in Milford. The team sorted donated foods and put together several pallets of meal boxes that are designed to feed a family of 4 for up to a week.
Team SOLitude members from the Hackettstown, NJ office dedicated a morning to volunteering with the NORWESCAP Food Bank in Phillipsburg. The group helped with cleaning and sorting product, stocking shelves and filling pantry bags.
Staff in SOLitude’s Northern Virginia territory have volunteered twice so far this winter to help Friends of Accotink Creek remove invasive plants from a wetland area of Lake Accotink Park in Springfield, VA. Removal of Wineberry, Blackberry and Japanese honeysuckle will help to reestablish balanced communities of native plants.
The Georgetown, DE SOLitude Team found volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in 2016 so rewarding, they signed up to participate in another event in Dover at the beginning of this year. They finished the interior framing at a home being built for a veteran with MS and helped with the finishing touches on a home being built for a family with 7 children.
Members from our Hampton Roads, VA and Shrewsbury, MA and offices continue to volunteer regularly to help their local food banks pack and sort food for individuals, families and children in need: Virginia Peninsula Foodbank and Worcester County Food Bank.
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:
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.