GHSP Adopts a Park
GHSP IS THE FIRST COMPANY TO ADOPT A PARK IN OTTAWA COUNTY
Grand Haven, MI - Look out, invasive species at Hemlock Crossing Park! On June 17, you will meet your destiny. And don’t try to come back, because GHSP will be after you two more times this year.
GHSP is the first company to “Adopt a Park” in Ottawa County. Ottawa County Parks has many programs to help maintain the area’s 22 parks, including park cleanup in the spring and special projects where volunteers build boardwalks and bridges. With the newly-launched “Adopt a Park” program, companies are asked to engage in the battle against invasive species with a three-year commitment to the program. Companies that “Adopt a Park” are responsible for bringing a group of volunteers to the park at least three times a year. GHSP expects more than 20 volunteers to improve the character of Hemlock Crossing Park on Thursday, June 17 from 3:30-5:30, weather permitting. GHSP will also be helping with other park improvement projects over the next three years as part of the program.
“Because of the loss of tax base and reduced budgets, we are counting on the involvement of private sector assistance to help us be good stewards of the land we are so lucky to have here in Ottawa County,” stated John Scholtz, parks and recreation director for Ottawa County. “Controlling invasive species is more than just pulling weeds – it is a necessary function for maintaining the natural beauty and character of our parks. We are thankful to GHSP for adopting Hemlock Crossing Park, and we hope other companies will consider doing the same.”
“One of GHSP’s objectives is to have a positive, not neutral, impact on the environment,” said Bob Mersereau, global marketing manager for GHSP and a member of the company’s community stakeholder team. “We are responsible for helping manage the interdependence of our business and our community. Improving the quality of life where we operate is integral to maintaining the balance of this relationship, and that means getting involved in something bigger than ourselves outside of the workplace."
GHSP initially contacted Shannon Morton, director of volunteerism with the Greater Ottawa Country United Way, to learn how GHSP could make a positive impact on the community. Morton connected GHSP with the “Adopt a Park” program.
“United Way is a well-rounded organization that helps the community give, advocate and volunteer. We try to make the perfect match with volunteering and area needs, and the “Adopt a Park” program seemed to be a good fit for GHSP and the community, especially with the investment the JSJ Foundation has provided to the Nature Education Center at Hemlock Crossing Park,” said Morton.
GHSP is a JSJ company. The JSJ Foundation made a three-year commitment to support the Nature Education Center which recently opened at Hemlock Crossing Park. The Nature Education Center, along with being the gateway to seven miles of trails at the park, includes exhibits, wildlife feeding and viewing areas, a “critter den” and activities and special educational programs.
Companies interested in participating in the “Adopt a Park” program are asked to call the Greater Ottawa County United Way at (616) 396-7811.
GHSP is a leading global supplier of mechanical and mechatronic control systems to surface transportation industries, including automotive, heavy truck and others. The company serves its customers from concept to delivery with world class product design, development and program management, as well as excellence in manufacturing in locations around the world. Visit www.ghsp.com to learn more about the company.
United Way Seeks Volunteers for Annual Beach Sweep May 22
Shannon Morton, Greater Ottawa County United Way’s Director of Volunteerism, has always believed that volunteering is a day at the beach, and now she can prove it. United Way has issued a call for volunteers for its annual Beach Sweep, which takes place Saturday May 22 from 9-11 a.m. Volunteers can choose from two Ottawa County locations: Rosy Mound Natural Area, 13925 Lakeshore Drive in Grand Haven Township or Kirk Park, 9791 Lakeshore Drive in West Olive.
“Volunteers don’t need to bring anything unless they want work gloves or water,” said Morton. “Just meet us in the parking lot of either park at 9:00 a.m. and we’ll go to work to keep our beaches beautiful.”
Bags will be provided. Beach Sweep will take place rain or shine. Cancellation will occur only in the event of lightning.
United Way partners with Priority Health to Recognize Senior Impact Volunteers
For immediate release April 29, 2010
Greater Ottawa County United Way is once again pleased to support the Priority Health Senior Impact Volunteer Recognition Program to honor volunteers age 63 and older.
“This is an endeavor that recognizes the energy and commitment our seniors give to our community. Our senior volunteers demonstrate the power of giving and caring every day. This is your chance to nominate a senior who generously volunteers his or her time to improve lives and build a stronger community,” said Pamela Mulliner of Priority Health.
“Our community volunteers step-up to mentor children, serve the hungry and the homeless, assist the elderly, prepare taxes for low income families and much more. Not sure who to nominate? Look around you and you’ll see great volunteers. Stop a moment and think what your organization is able to accomplish because of your volunteers’ efforts. It should be easy to take this opportunity to honor one of those special people in your organization,” Mulliner concluded.
Nominations are due by June 15. Download the nomination form here.
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