We are pleased to share that our 2018 Heart & SOL Award winner is Regional Administrator Becky Snyder. Becky consistently goes above and beyond for charitable initiatives in her local community of Shrewsbury, MA. As the SOLitude Volunteer Team Captain for her region, she coordinated volunteering events with the Worcester Co. Food Bank, trash clean-ups, and toiletry drives for the less fortunate.
In 2018, SOLitude donated $8,280 worth of toys, clothes and other necessities to hospitalized children as well as five under-resourced families, bringing total donations through the HOLiday Cheer program to $37,540 since its inception in 2013. In addition, SOLitude’s Massachusetts office served as a drop-off location for Toys for Tots, collecting more than $10,000 worth of donated gifts from the surrounding community.
We have named Florida Regional Leader Alberto Florez the Volunteer of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2018. Alberto demonstrated a true mission to serve through his personal and team volunteering events in his community in Florida. Alberto always strives to include colleagues and loved ones in his volunteering efforts. He was joined at each of his fourth quarter events by his wife and daughter, tripling his positive impact in the community.
SOLitude Lake Management served a record number of families through the Little GOBBLERs program, an annual program that provides food and donations to ensure families across the country are able to celebrate Thanksgiving. SOLitude worked with 33 elementary, middle and high schools across the country to identify families in need and donated $7,475 in turkeys and grocery store gift cards to 310 under-resourced families.
Team SOLitude in our Bryan, TX office donated and stocked fish for the annual Hearne Fishing Derby and the Tyler, TX office donated rods and reels to the Chandler Kid Fish Day in addition to volunteering to help children bait hooks, weigh fish and cleanup trash around the lake.
For the 6th year running, for every new social media follower in the month of April, SOLitude will plant 2 trees. Thank you to Team SOLitude, our valued clients, partners and social media followers for helping us celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day this year. Because of your support of our social media campaign, we planted 700 new pine trees through the National Forest Foundation!
Staff from our Georgetown, DE office joined the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance for their annual spring trash cleanup. The team worked for 4 hours by canoe, cleaning the West Branch section of Brandywine Creek from Mortonville, PA to Harvey’s Bridge, PA. They filled boats with over 900 pounds of trash including several tires, patio furniture, signs, cones, and plastic bags.
Staff from our Raleigh, NC and Charleston, SC offices traveled to Asheville, NC to help a client with their community-wide Earth Day event. The team volunteered to help cut and treat invasive species from portions of a creek bank and planted live stakes on some eroded areas. Other community partners also helped with an educational program for the kids.
Team members from our St. Louis, MO office and Bryan, TX offices were unable to find an Earth Day Cleanup event organized by a local environmental group that worked with their schedules, so they decided to select a spot that needed some attention and conducted independent cleanups. The Texas team hit Sommerville Lake and the Missouri team cleaned up Creve Coeur Lake, collecting a total of 150 pounds of trash and debris.
Aquatic Biologist Brea Arvidson from our New England office joined six volunteer judges who listened to 16 different water-related projects from the Wells Memorial School 3rd and 4th graders. Certified Lake Manager Jason Luce from our Worcester, NY office also volunteered to educate students at Marathon Elementary School on environmentally friendly lake management practices and led a trash cleanup of the school grounds.
Team SOLitude from our Washington, NJ and Georgetown, DE offices helped students at Woodbury Heights Elementary School with an environmentally-focused project to submit to the “UNLESS” contest held by the Philadelphia Zoo. With our guidance and expertise, the students planted a beneficial buffer around Glen Lake, which will help reduce the amount of stormwater runoff and pollutants that enter the waterbody.
Team SOLitude out of our Bryan, TX office continues to support the local community by volunteering to serve as a gym manager and clock keeper for the annual Franklin Little Dribblers basketball tournament for kids. Over the course of four days, girls and boys teams from third to eighth graders participated in a total of 274 games in 10 gyms.
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator Ann Marie Dori helped organize two group Earth Day trash cleanups in Coastal VA. Ann Marie helped organize the annual spring community cleanup with the East Ocean View Civic League (65 volunteers collected 2,000 pounds of trash) and led a trash cleanup of our office park in Virginia Beach (14 volunteers collected 300 pounds of trash).
Staff from of our NY and DE offices volunteered to help clients with community projects that will improve the environment. Aquatic Biologist Scott Conrade helped a client in South Onondaga, NY plant 23 trees along a stream bank and Territory Leader Wes Allen along with Aquatic Specialist Greg Blackham helped a client in Dagsboro, DE plant 250 blue flag iris plugs.
For Earth Day, the Washington, NJ team participated in two cleanup events in with family and friends. For the 3rd year in a row, the team volunteered for the Musconetcong Watershed Associations annual river cleanup event and also assisted with a cleanup event for the first time – working with the Raritan River Headwaters Association to clean a section of the Raritan Canal and River.
In honor of Earth Day, SOLitude staff based in Virginia Beach, VA, Worcester, NY and Shrewsbury, MA identified problem areas in the regions we serve that could use some attention and organized independent trash cleanups with family members and friends. Collectively, the groups gathered 479 pounds of trash and debris, preventing it from entering local waterways.
For the third year in a row, the Shrewsbury, MA team volunteered to assist with the Blackstone River Watershed Association spring cleanup. Regional Administrator Becky Snyder also encouraged 11 members of The Rainbow Girls, a leadership youth group that she mentors, to join in on the Earth Day cleanup fun. Together, our participants collected 900 pounds of trash.
Team members from our Virginia Beach and Manassas, VA offices helped with trash cleanups organized by local environmental groups. Marketing & Outreach Coordinator Ann Marie Dori joined Lynnhaven River NOW to lead a group of high school students on their first trash cleanup and Territory Leader Dave Riedl joined CAI Washington Metro for a trash cleanup along the Potomac River.
The Northern Virginia Team joined The Friends of the Rappahannock at High Meadow Farm for a volunteer tree planting event. The group worked to plant 121 trees and shrubs and also installed 100 live stakes to help protect the eroding riparian area and pasture surrounding the stream, which eventually feeds into the Rappahannock River.
Team SOLitude in Florida has been busy making an impact in the communities we serve. Our West Palm Beach team visited the West Palm Beach County Food Bank to fill bags with non-perishable food for distribution to children in need at area schools and the Ft. Myers team joined forces with their neighbors Storm Smart to host an on-site blood drive with Lee Health Blood Center.
Florida’s nature preserves are cleaner and a lot more beautiful thanks to Regional Leader Alberto Florez, who was recently named Volunteer of the Quarter for his clean-up efforts and dedication to improving the health of the Palm Beach ecosystem. Follow this link if you’d like to learn more about Alberto’s commitment to improving his community.
Through our community outreach and volunteering program’s year-end rewards for making a meaningful contribution to your community, Aquatic Ecologist and Senior Business Development Consultant Shannon Junior helped her local animal shelter in Madison, VA purchase this awesome new adoption and transport vehicle!
Staff based out of our Georgetown, DE office has been hard at work volunteering to assist with environmentally focused events in the communities that we serve. For the 5th year in a row, the team helped plant beach grass at Cape Henlopen State Park and also helped with a new event: re-potting native tree seedlings with the DNERR that will be planted in Blackbird State Forest.
Team SOLitude in West Palm Beach, Florida along with family and friends volunteered with the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management for a trash and debris removal at the Juno Dunes Natural Area in Juno Beach, FL. The team removed 450 pounds of trash and debris from the preserve!
Team members from our Shrewsbury, MA office volunteered to participate in the Worchester Elementary School Career Day event. The duo moved between three classrooms to discuss their careers, the steps they took to get to this point, and what their job duties entail. They also shared their survey equipment with the children, who seemed to really enjoy the demonstration.
Team SOLitude in Northern Virginia continues to support Friends of Accotink Creek by volunteering to help remove invasive Chinese Wisteria from the Accotink watershed. They worked with a group of volunteers who cut the vines while the SOLitude team followed behind and treated the cut stumps.
Team SOLitude in Georgetown, Delaware helped pack 344 backpack kits for the Food Bank of Delaware's SNAP-Education program and the St. Louis, Missouri team volunteered to help Operation Food Search pack 450 after-school meals. Both programs are a vital source of support for kids and teens in need.
A huge thank you to Business Development Consultant Trent Nelson for committing to shave his head in solidarity with children who lose their hair during cancer treatment. With the support of Team SOLitude, Trent donated $1,355 to St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancer research.
Team members in SOLitude's New England, Mid-Atlantic and Coastal Virginia offices volunteered with their local food banks to help with the fight again hunger: Worcester County Food Bank, NORWESCAP Food Bank and the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank. Thank you for making a difference in the communities we serve!
Contact us to learn about our upcoming volunteering opportunities and how you can get involved.
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