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    Community Outreach 2017


    Heart & SOL Award_SOLitude Lake Management-dWe are pleased to share that our 2017 Heart & SOL Award winner is Marketing & Outreach Coordinator Ann Marie Dori. We recognized Ann Marie for her never-ending dedication to improving her local community through The SOLution. From helping local organizations with their events, to leading community trash cleanups and living shoreline restorations, to caring for shelter cats awaiting adoption, no project is too big for Ann Marie.   

    NE - Shriners - Becky and Nancy-d2Congratulations to Regional Administrator Becky Snyder for being named the Volunteer of the 4th Quarter! Becky plays a vital role in rallying the New England team to volunteer and coordinates the region’s SOLution initiatives, which include collecting gifts for Toys for Tots, assisting 2 local food banks, conducting independent trash cleanups and more. Find out more about Becky’s efforts.  

    NE 2017 - Toys for Tots-dThank you to our valued clients, partners and friends for being a part of The SOLution. In 2017, we shattered our volunteering and community outreach goals! Team SOLitude contributed over $79,000 in good and in-kind services to non-profit organizations, volunteered 3,512 hours and helped more than 11,000 families in need. Follow this link to learn more.        

    holiday cheer 2017-dOnce again through our annual HOLiday Cheer Program, SOLitude donated toys, games and art supplies to sick children who must spend the holiday in the hospital. We also “adopted” five families that showed a true need for cheer and financial support during a trying time. Our dedicated staff generously purchased toys, clothes, shoes, games and more from the wish lists of all 16 children.       

    Raleigh Rescue Mission-dThe Carolinas team incorporated volunteering into their regional holiday celebration. Staff members and their significant others helped the Raleigh Rescue Mission unload trucks and organize donated items. The revenue generated through the sale of these items is used to support critical lifesaving programs which provide men, women and children with hunger relief, emergency and long-term shelter, medical services and much more.       

    Blue Ridge Area Food Bank - Holiday Food Drive-dTeam SOLitude in Charlottesville, VA volunteered to help the Blue Ridge Area Foodbank with their holiday food drive. The team spent the morning collecting and delivering 4 large bins of food, which will be distributed to local families in need to help them have a better holiday celebration.        

    NALMS award-dSOLitude staff continue to impress in and out of the office. Environmental Scientist John Phelps received the Community Education and Outreach award through the North American Lake Management Society. John was recognized for his guidance on a pond restoration project performed by students at Maple Shade High School in New Jersey.        

    chester & va pen-d2Team SOLitude in our Georgetown, Delaware and Oxford, Pennsylvania offices joined forces to volunteer with the Chester County Food Bank in Exton and Southeastern Virginia team visited the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank in Hampton, in order to help families in need enjoy a wonderful meal this Christmas.        

    Little Gobblers Web-dOur favorite Thanksgiving tradition is helping families enjoy the holiday through our Little GOBBLERs program. We donated turkeys or grocery store gift cards to families in need at 28 schools in 14 states: Whitinsville, MA, Fort Plain, NY, Danbury, CT, Oxford, NJ, West Grove, PA, Lincoln, DE, Norfolk, Newport News, VA Beach, Fredericksburg, & Charlottesville, VA, Charleston, SC, Raleigh, NC, Murfreesboro, TN, Atlanta, GA, Jackson, MS, Denver, CO, Hearne & Houston, TX.       

    volunteer of the quarter-dFollowing Hurricane Harvey, Aquatic Technician Ryan Young took action to help his family and neighbors rebuild. Along with his parents, Ryan helped transport stranded neighbors through the flooded streets, delivered food and water, cleared debris, helped neighbors remove damaged materials and more. That’s why we’ve honored Ryan as the Volunteer of the 3rd Quarter! Congratulations!      

    fall foodbank collage 2017-dFall is in full swing, which means we have been volunteering to fight against hunger in the communities we serve. The Oxford, PA team supported the Chester County Food Bank, our Southeastern, VA offices helped the VA Peninsula Foodbank, the Georgetown, DE office worked with the Food Bank of DE and the Shrewsbury, MA office visited the Worcester County Food Bank twice.  

    Make A Difference Day In honor of National Make A Difference Day our Bryan, TX team volunteered to take residents from a local nursing home fishing for the afternoon and our teams based in Virginia Beach, Northern Virginia and Shrewsbury, Massachusetts conducted independent trash cleanups of troubled sites in the area. 

    Habitat for Humanity DE collage 2017-dThe Georgetown, Delaware team volunteered to help the Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity renovate a condominium in Dover, DE. The dedicated team helped with interior and exterior painting as well as repairing and replacing molding.       

    Wolf Pen Cleanup-dOur Bryan, Texas team identified a park in nearby College Station that could use some attention and organized an independent trash cleanup of the area. The team worked for two hours and gathered 5 bags of trash and debris!       

    FOAC & Stroud - collage-dTeam SOLitude based in our Fairfax, Virginia office volunteered to help Friends of Accotink Creek remove invasive Chinese Wisteria from the watershed and the Oxford, Pennsylvania team helped the Stroud Water Research Center plant over 1,000 trees.   

    DE Coastal CleanupTeam SOLitude in Georgetown, Delaware participated in the 30th annual Coastal Cleanup at Big Stone Beach. Along with family members, they joined a group 39 volunteers and worked for 2.5 hours along a mile stretch of beach and collected 200 pounds of trash.       

    volunteer-hurricane-harvey-the-solutionThe Texas team continues to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Aquatic Specialist Robert Callaway and his wife joined a group of volunteers and dedicated an entire day 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.   

    volunteer-hurricane-harvey-the-solutionTeam 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.      

    volunteer-hand-pulling-the-solutionAlong 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.  

    volunteer-wyndham-championship-the-solutionFor 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.    

    volunteer-quarter-2-cole-kabella-the-solutionWildlife & 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.

    volunteer-raptor-rescue-the-solutionWildlife & 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!    

    volunteer-parkfest-the-solutionTeam 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. 

    volunteer-student-planting-restoration-the-solutionSOLitude 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.   

    volunteer-horseshoe-crab-survey-the-solutionFor 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.   

    clean-the-bay-day-volunteering-the-solutionTeam 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!    

    volunteer-youth-fishing-eventFor 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.   

    earth-day-arbor-day-volunteeringFor 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.   

    volunteer-quarter-1-greg-blackham-the-solutionCongratulations 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.   

    heritage-day-youth-fishing-the-solutionThe 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.   

    rivanna-conservation-society-cleanup-the-solutionTeam 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.    

    haw-river-cleanup-raleigh-nc-the-solutionThe 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!

    beach-grass-planting-the-solution-DE-crewFor 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.   

    lynnhaven-river-now-cleanup-the-solutionMembers 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.  

    combat-wounded-coalition-the-solutionStaff 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.  

    the-mustard-seed-soup-kitchen-the-solutionStaff 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.  

    foodbank-of-delaware-the-solutionThe 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. 

    norwescap-food-bank-the-solutionTeam 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.  

    friends-of-accotink-creek-invasive-species-the-solutionStaff 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.  

    habitat-for-humanity-delaware-the-solutionThe 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.  

    va-peninsula-foodbank-worcester-food-bank-the-solutionMembers 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

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

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