A contingent of Viridian Associates and friends spent the first Saturday of the summer cleaning up the shoreline of New York’s Beaver Island State Park, in what was the latest chapter in the company’s story of sustainability.
Led by Executive Associate Jeff Berger, the group of more than two dozen volunteers hit the ground running on Saturday, June 23, for an afternoon cleanup effort followed by a picnic. When all was said and done, the group had filled 25 trash bags and picked up numerous pieces of lumber and other debris from the shoreline.
“I loved seeing the volunteers jump right in and be very active in the cause,” Berger said. “Many of them made a game of seeing how much stuff they could gather from the shore and elsewhere. While collecting the debris, we also got assistance from some of the park-goers, and many thank-yous were offered by other folks visiting for the day.”
Berger added that there were many people who approached the group during the cleanup to ask what they were doing, which provided the Associates a new opportunity to talk about Viridian.
“It was wonderful to see multiple age groups working together to improve the quality of our beach,” added Associate Leah Herby-Khalil. “I think they now better understand the benefits we all derive from this type of project.”
All the volunteers received a free T-shirt and dinner at the event’s end, and Berger called the cleanup an unqualified success.
“Would I do it again? Absolutely,” he said. “It was exciting to be able to pull the event together, and it was wonderful to have all the volunteers show up for this cause.”
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