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    Community Outreach 2016


    volunteers-of-the-year-2016-annmarie-dori-becky-snyderCongratulations to SOLitude Lake Management's outstanding co-volunteers of the year for 2016! Follow this link to find out how Regional Administrator in Shrewsbury, MA, Becky Snyder and Marketing Project Coordinator in Virginia Beach, VA, Ann Marie Dori have committed to making a difference in their local communities though volunteerism.       

    shannon-junior-volunteer-of-quarter-the-solutionCongratulations to Aquatic Ecologist, Shannon Junior for being named Volunteer of the Quarter! Shannon spent almost every Saturday in 2016 at day-long PetSmart adoption events, bringing dogs from her local Madison County Animal Shelter to meet with potential forever families. She also makes and sells tie-dyed t-shirts and bandannas to raise funds for the shelters medical fund.      

    solitude-team-the-solution-year-end2016 was another record-breaking year for The SOLution! We recorded 2,288 hours of volunteering, donated $42,550, supported 7,800 under-resourced families, participated in environmental clean ups which collected 9,100 pounds of trash, recycled 22,442 plastic containers and 1,076 cubic yards of cardboard, plastics and paper, and helped 247 dogs and cats find their forever homes. Learn more.     

    holiday-cheer-the-solutionThanks to the support of our dedicated staff, social media followers and partners, we helped bring Christmas morning smiles to more children than ever! Now in its 5th year, SOLitude’s HOLiday Cheer program helps children who must spend Christmas in the hospital and families who have fallen on hard times have a wonderful holiday. Find out more.  

    feasts-of-sharing-the-solutionSOLitude’s Texas team volunteered in Franklin for the annual Feasts of Sharing event in December. Supported by local businesses and St. Francis Church, the community came together to cook, serve and deliver delicious holiday meals to approximately 1,000 families and individuals in need.    

    VFW-love your lake-the-solutionSOLitude team members were proud to attend the VFW POST 637's annual Anniversary & Awards Banquet in Hopewell, VA. We were honored with the Commander’s Award for Service for restoring balance to their waterbody through our Love Your Lake program, which will allow veterans and their families access to a cleaner pond with a healthier fish community. Read more

    four-visits-foodbank-ma-tn-va-de-the-solutionSOLitude team members based in Shrewsbury, MA (Worcester County Food Bank), Hampton Roads, VA (Peninsula Foodbank), Georgetown, DE (Foodbank of DE) and Nashville, TN (Second Harvest Foodbank) all volunteered their time during the holidays to help their local food banks sort and prepare food for distribution to families and children in need.  

    habitat-for-humanity-the-solutionThe Georgetown, Delaware SOLitude team dedicated almost an entire Saturday to helping Habit for Humanity build two new homes in Dover. The dedicated team helped finish the roof and wall sheeting on one home and installed siding and soffits on a second home, which was built for an Army veteran.   

    little-gobblers-the-solutionAs part of our annual Little GOBBLERs initiative, we donated  over $5,000 in turkeys and grocery store gift cards to 228 families at 21 schools in Virginia Beach, VA; Norfolk, VA; Newport News, VA; Fredericksburg, VA; Charlottesville, VA; Whitinsville, MA; Fort Plain, NY; Oxford, NJ; West Grove, PA; Lincoln, DE; Charleston, SC; Murfreesboro, TN; Jackson, MS and Hearne, TX.    

    vince-giordano-volunteer-of-quarter-the-solutionPlease help us congratulate Aquatic Technician, Vincent Giordano, for being named SOLitude’s Volunteer of the Quarter! Vincent dedicated an impressive 58 hours to volunteering with Future Farmers of America and was instrumental in making their annual fundraiser a huge success.  

    special-olympics-the-solutionMembers of the Bryan, TX team volunteered to help with the Special Olympics 16th annual Fall Classic event last weekend. 1,752 athletes throughout the state came together in College Station to compete in 4 events!  

    falls-lake-trash-cleanup-the-solutionMembers of SOLitude’s Raleigh, NC team organized an independent trash cleanup of Falls Lake, a 12,000 acre waterbody near Wake Forest, NC. Along with the help of family and neighbors, the group worked for 2 hours, collecting 10 bags of trash.  

    worcester-county-food-bank-the-solutionMembers of the New England team volunteered again to help the Worcester County Food Bank in Shrewsbury, MA sort 4 pallets of food for distribution, which translates into 1,328 meals. 

    de-coastal-cleanup-the-solutionThe Delaware team volunteered to help with a coastal clean-up at Big Stone Beach, a large tract of wetlands and forest. Working alongside a group of 25 volunteers, the group gathered 25 bags of trash, 4 bags of recyclables and larger debris in only 2 hours.  

    hopewell-vfw-the-solutionThrough our Love Your Lake program, we joined forces with our partners, SePRO, Crop Production Services and Nufarm to help non-profits in need return their lakes or ponds to healthy waterbodies fit for activities like swimming, fishing and kayaking. Follow this link to learn more about our work with VFW Post 637 in Hopewell, VA and Lancaster Children’s Home in Lancaster, SC.  

    va-beach-spca-puttin-for-paws-the-solutionThe VA Beach team had a great time volunteering to help the Virginia Beach SPCA set up for their Puttin’ for Paws Golf Tournament, an annual fundraiser. This year’s event was a huge success, raising nearly $25,000 for the animal shelter! 

    mystic-river-the-solutionAlong with their families, members of our New England team volunteered with the Mystic River Watershed Association and The MA Department of Conservation and Recreation to assist with a hand-pulling event targeting invasive water chestnut plants in areas that are difficult to reach with a mechanical harvester. More than 635 volunteers have worked to remove an estimated 95,348 pounds of water chestnut from the Mystic River!  

    chris-doyle-volunteer-of-quarter-the-solutionCongratulations to Senior Aquatic Biologist, Chris Doyle, for being named SOLitude’s Volunteer of the Quarter! Chris spent 42 hours volunteering since the beginning of the year, serving as a mentor for children in his community and working to help with local fundraisers in Somerset County, New Jersey. 

    Renaissance Academy_Literacy Program_The SOLutionFor the second consecutive year, Wes Allen volunteered with the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve’s Horseshoe Crab Survey, taking on the role of team leader this summer. The group spent 4 evenings collecting crab spawning data, which will be used by scientists to manage the population.   

    Renaissance Academy_Literacy Program_The SOLutionThe Northern VA and Charlottesville teams volunteered to help with the annual Family & Youth Casting Call at Fletcher’s Cove in Washington, DC. In its 9th year, this family fishing event is designed to educate children about the environment and teach them basic fishing skills.  

    Renaissance Academy_Literacy Program_The SOLutionThe Tennessee team volunteered for the St. Jude Classic golf tournament at TPC Southwind in Memphis, focusing their efforts on course repairs and beatification. Since 1970, this annual tournament’s contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have totaled more than 30 million dollars! 

    Renaissance Academy_Literacy Program_The SOLutionTeam members in Virginia participated in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s 28th Annual Clean the Bay Day. Fisheries Biologist, Aaron Cushing, along with his wife, joined a group of volunteers to clean Riverview Park in Charlottesville and Marketing Coordinator, Ann Marie Dori, led a group in the Ocean View area of Norfolk, including her husband, friends, neighbors and Creative Marketing Specialist, Matt Serino and his wife. 

    Renaissance Academy_Literacy Program_The SOLutionCongratulations to our Volunteer of the First Quarter, Becky Snyder! Based in Shrewsbury, MA, Becky has been serving as a mentor to young women in her community for 19 years. Her passion for volunteering 
    was sparked when she became a member of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a non-profit that gives girls the tools they need to let their spirits shine bright. 

    Renaissance Academy_Literacy Program_The SOLutionFisheries & Wildlife Biologist, Aaron Cushing, and Director of Fisheries, David Beasley, volunteered to help with Heritage Day at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, VA. It was a fun-filled day helping educate kids about fishing and the environment.

    Renaissance Academy_Literacy Program_The SOLutionWe are excited to share that our Chief People Person, Sharon Delaney, has been honored as the Renaissance Academy’s volunteer of the year! Sharon has been helping weekly with the literacy program at this alternative school in Virginia Beach, VA since September of 2015.

    SOLitude Community Outreach at FoodbankOur Hampton Roads, VA and New England team members volunteered with their local food banks (the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank and the Worcester County Food Bank, respectively) once again, collectively packing and sorting enough food to help 1,838 families in need. 

    Renaissance Academy_Literacy Program_The SOLutionThe SOLitude team had a huge impact this year for Earth Day and Arbor Day, participating in a grand total of 11 environmental events across the areas we serve! SOLitude employees, family members and friends volunteered a total of 120 hours of their time to help collect over 6,000 pounds of trash and debris in our local communities throughout the country. Learn more.   

    Renaissance Academy_Literacy Program_The SOLutionIn honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day, we planted two trees for every new SOLitude social media follower in the month of April!  Thank you to all of our new social media followers! Because of your support of our campaign, we planted 200 trees through the National Forest Foundation.   

    Renaissance Academy_Literacy Program_The SOLutionThe New Jersey SOLitude Team took part in the Musconetcong Watershed Association’s 24th Annual River Cleanup in Hackettstown, NJ. Our dedicated team joined 400 volunteers who worked to collect trash and debris along a 43 mile stretch of the river.  

    Renaissance Academy_Literacy Program_The SOLutionThe New England SOLitude Team, joined by their family members, participated in a cleanup day with the Blackstone River Watershed Association.  The team was assigned to a roadway along the river in Northbridge, MA and collected tires, buckets, toilets, a shower/tub, televisions, mattresses, various auto parts and 14 industrial sized trash bags filled with debris.

    Earth Day Cleanup SOLitude TeamIn honor of Earth Day, the Virginia Beach SOLitude Team took an hour out of their day to do a cleanup of the main road through their office park complex. In just one hour, the team collected 12 bags of trash, a large plastic trash can, tire and boxes from the woods and streets surrounding the office.

    Renaissance Academy_Literacy Program_The SOLutionEnvironmental Scientist and Regional Director, John Phelps, let a team of community volunteers (including his two sons) to install Aarrow Arum Plugs around the pond at Goddard Park in London Grove Township, PA. A vegetative buffer filters excess nutrients from the water column and helps to maintain shoreline stability and prevents erosion and sedimentation.  

    Renaissance Academy_Literacy Program_The SOLutionThe Delaware team got in the spirit of Earth Day by helping the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control with a sapling planting event at the Augustine Creek Wildlife Area. 

    SOLitude Team Blood Drive - The SOLutionThe Texas SOLitude Team happened upon a blood drive bus while they were working on clients’ waterbodies in the Brenham area. In the spirit of The SOLution, they decided to take an hour out of their day to donate blood to the Blood Center of Brazos Valley

    Lynnhaven River NOW Fall Festival_The SOLutionThe Delaware team participated in the DE Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s 27th Annual Beach Grass Planting event at Cape Henlopen State Park. Our group joined a record-breaking 1,500 volunteers to plant Cape American beach grass along a five mile stretch of coastline, which will help protect and stabilize sand dunes. 

    Lynnhaven River NOW Fall Festival_The SOLutionSOLitude’s New England office participated in their first team volunteering event last week with the Worcester County Food Bank in Shrewsbury, MA. The team sorted, inspected and organized 2,500 pounds of food, which will feed 2,083 individuals. 

    DE Coastal Cleanup_The SOLutionThe Carolinas SOLitude Team joined 23 groups of dedicated volunteers to help the Haw River Assembly with their annual spring cleanup. The volunteers worked diligently to remove trash and debris from the Haw River, Jordan Lake and area creeks. 

    Rivanna Conservation Society_Running Club_The SOLutionThe Hampton Roads Team continues to volunteer monthly during the off season to assist the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank with their Backpack Program. This much needed program provides children in underprivileged neighborhoods with nutritious food to take home on the weekends and holidays. Our team helped to pack 750 bags of food for kids at 13 area schools.  

    Milford Food Bank_DE_The SOLutionThe Hampton Roads, VA SOLitude team was honored to have the opportunity to attend and support Combat Wounded Coalition’s (home of Wounded Wear) annual Toast to the Heroes gala in Portsmouth. The event was a huge success, raising much needed funds to support wounded warriors and families of the fallen.  

    Ocean View VA Cleanup_The SOLutionSOLitude is proud to have several team members serving in volunteer leadership roles with various aquatics and lake management industry organizations throughout the U.S. Learn more about our team's expertise and commitment to environmental stewardship here

    Rivanna Conservation Society_Keys Club_Clean Up_The SOLutionThe Northern Virginia SOLitude team started off the New Year with an afternoon volunteering with Food for Others food bank in Fairfax, VA. They helped to sort and discard unusable canned goods and bagged 370 pounds of kale to be distributed to area families in need.

    Contact us to learn about our upcoming volunteering opportunities and how you can get involved.

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