As a proud member of the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC), Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care recently participated in the National Day of Service. This is an initiative created by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (formerly known as PLANET).
Creating and maintaining landscapes that are healthy and beautiful is vital to the environment and all those who inhabit it. Landscape professionals are the driving force in sustaining our nation’s outdoor spaces, from backyards to parks to community open areas.
The Day of Service provides those committed to the landscape industry an opportunity to create volunteer programs designed to impact the communities they serve at schools, sporting fields, hospitals and group home centers.
Since its inception back in 2009, landscape professionals have completed some 1,000 projects throughout the nation with the help of over 12,000 loyal volunteers. Besides donating their time, landscape professionals have graciously donated some $4 million in materials and services.*
This year the Denver Chapter of the ALCC worked at the William Roberts School Garden in Stapleton. The project included renovating existing planting beds, creating new ones and adding irrigation services.
Swingle was proud to contribute their time, talents and services to this worthy event. Team members included David Vine, Human Resources Manager, as well as experienced technicians Jason Hamilton and Dave Russell.
“It was great for me to get out of the office and work alongside Dave and Jason who do this kind of work everyday,” said Vine. “During the day there was a constant parade of school children and their teachers coming out to watch us work, take “selfies” with the trees and plants, “Ooh and Aah” about the cool machinery being used, and ask questions about what we were doing. I was moved by one particular class that carried a big sign that said “Thank You” that they had all signed.”
Not only were we participating in an Earth Day event, we were making a difference in the lives of the children that attended the school. The raised beds we made will be planted with vegetables that will be served to the students in their cafeteria, used in cooking classes taught there, and even sent home with students to enjoy fresh vegetables with their families. Just as we try to instill wellness to our employees here at Swingle, the school is making wellness a priority with their students and faculty as well. It was an awesome day.”
To learn more about the Day of Service initiative, visit the National Association of Landscape Professionals.