New Milford, CT (PRWEB) June 16, 2013
In celebration of Earth Day 2013, leading northwestern CT landscape firm YardApes, Inc. donated landscaping materials and mobilized 35 volunteers for an incredible six-site community outreach landscaping and green-space renewal effort on April 22nd.
YardApes of New Milford CT held a contest to find local property owners who demonstrated a particular landscaping need, but who most importantly, would benefit from a renewed connection to nature. “We set out to pick one area nonprofit and one area homeowner. And, as has been the case in previous years, we expanded our efforts to include more projects. I hate to say ‘no’ to anyone,” said YardApes founder Shayne Newman in a statement, regarding his firm’s Day of Service contest, now in its third year.
“We received great submissions from our area nonprofits and homeowners,” said Mr. Newman. “That’s why the staff votes. We have to assess the need, and need is defined differently by everyone. We look at where we can make the biggest difference. It’s difficult, however, given the emotional response we often have to submissions. There’s no metric for how we ‘feel’ after first reading someone’s story. Consensus is never easy. So we end up adding more projects.”
Contest winners of YardApes 2013 “Day of Service” Landscape and Green-Space Renewal Projects Need-based Initiative include:
All six projects were part of a nationwide “Day of Service” initiated by national Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) lawn and landscape association with the goal of giving its 3,800 member companies an opportunity to plan, organize, and carry out projects to benefit their local communities.
“I am deeply gratified to have employees who volunteer their time, friends and colleagues who volunteer—and strengthen—our effort, and to have nonprofits and homeowners show our volunteers unbelievable support and kindness,” said Mr. Newman. “Each year we meet new people who share their stories with us, who inspire us, and who we are privileged to know. We are fortunate to count them as new friends.” The 35 volunteers consisted of 20 YardApes employees who donated their day and 15 local business people from the BNI Business Bobcat group where Newman is a member.
YardApes, Inc. is northwestern Connecticut’s award-winning landscape firm serving residential and commercial clients since 1990. The full-service landscape design, construction, and maintenance company was named 2011’s Best Large Business by New Milford Chamber of Commerce, and recognized as a Top 12 Landscaping Company in 2011 by Total Landscape Care. YardApes, Inc. is recognized both locally and nationally for its exceptional contributions to the industry and the community. (http://www.yardapes.com)
PLANET is the national trade association representing more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, who create and maintain healthy, green living spaces for communities across America. PLANET members are committed to the highest standards in industry education, best practices, and business professionalism. Many of PLANET’s professionals have attained the status of becoming Landscape Industry Certified, achieving the greatest level of industry expertise and knowledge. (http://www.landcarenetwork.org)