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    Community Outreach 2019


    heart  and sol winnerAquatic Specialist Jim Sheeran (FL) was named SOLitude's annual Heart & SOL Award winner for 2019.The Heart & SOL award recognizes one individual within the company each year who goes above and beyond in personal volunteering, inspiring others, and displaying a true commitment and passion for making the world a better place. Sheeran was selected for his never-ending dedication to supporting charitable initiatives in his local community of Fort Myers.

    Becky-VOQ4-2019SOLitude is excited to name Customer Service Representative Becky Snyder of Shrewsbury, MA as Volunteer of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2019. Becky organized and participated in an array of volunteer events from October through December. Becky earned a total of 59 personal volunteer hours through 12 events in the fourth quarter.

    toys for tots 2019Our Shrewsbury, MA office was selected to be a Toys for Tots drop-off location again this year. Thanks to the generosity of SOLitude colleagues, local community members and a local restaurant that hosted a fundraiser, they collected more than $6,000 worth of toys at their office that were picked up and donated to less fortunate children for the holidays. 

    holiday cheerThis holiday season, SOLitude continued its annual HOLiday Cheer efforts. SOLitude and colleagues generously purchased $6,474 worth of gifts for eight families in need. Alongside family contributions, SOLitude delivered $2,160 worth of gifts to children spending their holidays at four different children's' hospitals in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Florida.

    tomorrows rainbowColleagues from our Pompano Beach office spent time sorting through items for Tomorrow’s Rainbow Thrift Shop. 100% of the proceeds from items sold in the thrift store support Tomorrow’s Rainbow’s mission of providing grieving children, teens and families an emotionally safe environment for hope and healing through guidance, education and support.

    east texas food bankThe SOLitude team in Tyler, TX helped out at the East Texas Food Bank where they spent three hours each sorting and packing meals that will eventually be distributed to local residents in need.

    heart and sol dayThe first Annual Heart and SOL Day was a huge success! Colleagues across the country participated in various volunteering activities from trash cleanups to packaging meals at their local Food Banks and even working at a big cat sanctuary. A total of 122 colleagues across 8 different states participated, ending the company-wide volunteering day with a total of 423 volunteer hours!

    little gobblersOur Little Gobblers program provides food and donations to ensure families across the country, within the local communities we serve, are able to celebrate Thanksgiving. This year, SOLitude worked with 32 elementary, middle and high schools in each of these regions to identify families in need and donated $7,075 in turkeys and grocery gift cards to 292 these deserving families.

    texas education classesIn October, Fisheries Biologist Paul Dorsett spent a day speaking to eleven 5th grade classes about the importance of healthy aquatic ecosystems at the Brazos Valley Water Conservation Field Day in Texas.

    volunteer of the quarterDigital Marketing Specialist Bella Bhagroo has been named Volunteer of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2019. Bella volunteered at 20 events throughout the past quarter at a variety of different organizations including Youth for Understanding, Habitat for Humanity and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning a total of 62.5 volunteer hours.

    trash clean upVolunteer Team Captain and District Manager Alberto Florez organized a clean up event for his team at the Hypoluxo Scrub Natural Area. The group collected enough trash to fill up nine large garbage bags.

    rivanna conservationWildlife and Fisheries Biologist, and Environmental Scientist Aaron Cushing, Service and Inventory Administrator Ben Green and Fisheries Biologist Jason Emmel volunteered with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries on behalf of the Rivanna Conservation Alliance to help sample fish populations in the Rivanna River at two different locations near Charlottesville, VA.

    vb toiletriesColleagues in our Virginia Beach office spent some time working together to pack small toiletry bags that were then donated to the Ronald McDonald House. These bags are given to families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House while their children are being treated at the local children’s hospital.

    tx fishing dayOur Texas team recently hosted a fishing and picnic event for the Crossroads Nursing Home at the Franklin Ranch Park. The team had a blast helping the residents fish and grilling out as a group afterwards.

    jim rullo NEHSAAquatic Specialist, Jim Rullo volunteered at a ‘Poker Ride’ benefiting the New England Healing Sports Association (NEHSA), an organization that helps people with disabilities and their families enrich their lives through adaptive sports, recreation, and social activities.

    habitat for humanityThe 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.

    bret volunteeringService 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.

    alberto beach sweepRegional 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.

    beach sweepAssistant 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.

    salvation armyRegional 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!

    volunteers of the quartersCongratulations 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.  

    operation gratitude cardsTo 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.

    horseshoe crabFor 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.

    dog adoptionShannon 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.

    vb spcaExecutive 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.

    food bankA 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.

    Foodbank VBNNThe 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!

    earth dayThroughout 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.

    volunteer of the quarterHelp 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.

    charity waterIn 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.

    toiletry bagsColleagues 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.

    trash cleanupRegional 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.

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

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