Remaining grounded and involved in our community is an important aspect of our company and we make every effort to contribute to emergency, health, social, family, and athletic organizations.
A few of the community causes that we believe in and have supported are: SOVAH (Serving Our Veterans At Home), Family Building Blocks, South Salem Little League, Relay for Life, Catholic Community Services, Boys and Girls Club, Medical Foundation of Marion & Polk Counties, Sprague High School, South Salem High School, Oregon School for the Deaf - Extreme Makeover, Helping Hands, Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge, Assistance League of Salem
The 5th annual Family Building Blocks Diaper Drive is complete! Together with our fellow sponsors, we were able to gather 4,910 diapers, 2,556 wipes, and hundreds of mixed cleaning supplies, all for FBB! Let's keep this tradition going and continue to help families in our community stay happy and healthy with essential needs for their children. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Family Building Blocks is a private, nonprofit organization that works to break the intergenerational cycle of child abuse and neglect by providing services for high-risk families that have children six weeks to five years old. Learn more here.
It was a chilly 27 degrees on January 1st at 10am for this year's CrossWalk at Riverfront Park, but that didn't stop hundreds of people from registering to support this inspiring event. This year's scarf color was hot pink and they looked great for the 1.5 mile loop walk through the park and across the foot bridge over the Willamette River.
Green Acres is a proud sponsor and supporter of CrossWalk and we can't wait to share the final number of funds raised once they are all tallied up! Every penny goes directly to support Marion County Victim's Assistance. If this isn't an awesome way to start off the New Year, then we don't know what is! You can walk, jog, stroll, or even bring your dog, but you better come back for 2016! Check out their website for updates.
Our fourth year sponsoring and decorating a Christmas tree for the Gala of Trees event was a success! Our "12 Dates of Christmas" themed tree brought in $2750, all going directly to Boys and Girls Aid. The prizes included in our tree package consisted of twelve fun, themed date nights with gift cards to locally owned restaurants, wineries, and planned events. Not to mention a Sunriver get-a-way, 2 gift baskets donated by Valley Credit Union, and a bistro table made from a vintage wine barrel.
The overall event raised over $100,000 for children in Marion and Polk Counties! We are so pleased to give back to the community with the generosity of many sponsors and event attendees. We look forward to participating in next year's Gala of Trees event! You can learn more about Boys and Girls Aid by visiting their website.
Fun in the sun! We had a great time at our annual Employee Appreciation Picnic at Wes Bennett Park! We not only had a great time gathering together with some great food, but we also raised over $400.00 for charity through our raffle this year. The money raised will go toward our Gala of Trees event in December for Boys and Girls Aid. It warms our heart to see how Green Acres employees care about our community. Some employees also completed their ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in front of their fellow friends. There's no better way to cool off than to get drenched with ice cold water while raising awareness for ALS!
All in all it was a successful picnic and we look forward to planning it for next year!
Green Acres and Valley Credit Union teamed up to do another Diaper Drive for 2014 to collect baby products for Family Building Blocks. This Salem based non-profit organization works to keep families together and children safe. They are dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect in our community through parenting classes, therapeutic classrooms, and home visits.
We are pleased to announce that we have collected $500 in cash, baby wipes, cleaning supplies, paper products, and over 2,000 diapers. If you would like to learn more about Family Building Blocks, please visit: www.familybuildingblocks.org.
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Diaper Drive 2014
New Year’s Day 2014 kicked off with the 2nd Annual CrossWalk benefiting Marion County Victims Assistance Division. Green Acres was proud to once again sponsor the event along with Valley Credit Union and Paramount Real Estate Services. Walkers, joggers, kids, and dogs alike walked to support this wonderful cause.
Mary Lucas, a citizen of Salem, founded this event after she was attacked at the Riverfront Park on New Year’s Day 2011. She could not be more thankful that the Victim’s Assistance Division was there to provide support for her and appreciates the work they continue to do for victims across Marion County.
This year’s event was an enormous success with 300+ participants that raised over $13,000 for the cause. We are sure this is happily becoming a new annual tradition for the community and what a great way to start off a new year!
we are committed to strengthening our community through involvement, action and giving
Green Acres is pleased to announce two 2014 awards from the Salem Contractors Exchange (SCE). We won a Project Achievement Award and Green Acres Project Manager, Will Ward, won an Individual Achievement Award for work completed on Fern Ridge Service Center, Veneta, OR. This landscape project included multiple rain gardens and water quality swales to help mitigate irrigation use as well as eliminate toxic runoff from the site. Rain gardens and water quality swales also add an aesthetic element to a landscape for years to come. Using native plants that flourish quickly helps a landscape look well established in a short amount of time with minimal water usage.
Green Acres was proud to be a part of this project that enhances the lives of the community in Veneta, OR and surrounding areas. Fern Ridge Service Center provides social service referrals to those in need. Some of the organizations within the facility are Love Project Food Pantry, Senior Meals & Meals on Wheels, Mid-Lane Cares, and space for a full service Senior Center. Not only will this facility benefit the community members, but also the environment. The new Fern Ridge Service Center is energy smart and cost-effective for long-term sustainability. We, at Green Acres, are passionate about taking care of our community and our environment — because we care.
Green Acres Landscape received their re-certification from EarthWISE on June 10th. Green Acres puts specific practices into place to keep the environment as natural as can be.
These are some of the ways that we choose to minimize our impact:
We always recycle, from paper products in our office spaces to nursery pots and PVC pipe on our job sites. All of our paper materials are made from a minimum of 30% recycled materials. We encourage our clients to minimize their water usage through irrigation systems. Our shop site includes a water swale to manage water run-off and filter pollutants.
What is EarthWISE? The WISE in EarthWISE stands for Workplace Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise. It is a free business environmental assistance program offered to all businesses in Marion County. Businesses become EarthWISE certified by proving their ability to be green. They must meet specific criteria with an on-site assessment of the business. Good practices such as recycling, reducing waste, conserving energy, and water pollution prevention are all great ways to protect the environment.
We are happy to announce that we survived another successful Yard, Garden, & Patio Show at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Our theme for 2014’s landscape design was Italian Villa.
The project consisted of a beautiful Arbel Paver patio, which is pre-cut concrete that provides the look of flagstone, but gives the durability of a concrete paver. Our stone barbecue complete with a pizza oven was a perfect addition to show how this space can be enjoyed year round. Add a picturesque fountain, raised beds with edible plants, privacy cedar fencing, and top it off with a wine barrel and you have yourself your own piece of Italy!
We enjoy this show every year to meet with our clients and meet future clients to discuss their unique landscape endeavors, while sharing our love for what we do.
Looking forward to next year’s show!
Green Acres Landscape, Inc. donated a landscape install to makeover the Boys & Girls Club Swegle branch in Salem. On September 9, volunteer landscape and maintenance workers provided the club with a brand new front landscape including flowers, lawn, paver patio for the teen center, and paver patio for a new bike rack. Surrounding the building is also a new perimeter pathway to provide better access to the entire facility. All of these improvements are part of a new strategic initiative called Designing for Impact (DFI). New furnishings, renovated spaces, and updated technology will create conducive learning environments at the Club’s eight local branches. The goal of the Boys & Girls Club’s DFI strategy is to prepare youth with a 21st century skill set that aligns academics with future career pathways. The Swegle branch unveiled their newly updated DFI building on September 19.
For 43 years the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties has given children opportunities for success in our community, focusing on three essential outcomes: academic success, good character & citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. The Club provides positive, guidance-oriented activities to over 11,000 youth in grades 1-12 each year through its eight facilities, a health services center, and community athletic leagues. Club memberships are only $5 per year and the programs offered are made possible by the generosity of our community.
You can learn more about Boys & Girls Club website.