This month, GWWO staff shut down their computers and left the office to collaborate in a different way through the firm’s annual day of service.
Planned and organized through GWWOrks, our committee-led volunteering initiative, this year’s projects included improvements at Westmoor Park in West Hartford, Connecticut and Adelaide Bentley Park in Towson, Maryland.
Our Connecticut office gathered at Westmoor Park, an environmental, agricultural, and horticultural education center operated by the Town of West Hartford, on September 11 to support Plant a Row for the Hungry. The program offers volunteers the opportunity to help farm the organic vegetable and herb garden whose bounty is donated to a local shelter and senior centers. Tasks included picking apples and grapes for distribution along with tending to the garden to remove fallen fruit and leaves.
On September 14, GWWO’s Baltimore office and NeighborSpace, a non-profit committed to protecting and improving open space for small parks, gardens, and natural areas, came together to roll up our sleeves and improve Adelaide Bentley Park. Phase one of what will be a two-phase endeavor included enhancements focused on promoting activity within the park, furthering its identity, and creating a welcoming sense of place. Projects included the construction of a new deck platform for social gatherings and concerts, benches for relaxation and meditation, an entrance arbor to strengthen the sense of arrival, and park signage along with beautification efforts including mulching, weeding, and planting.
“If teamwork makes the dream work, yesterday was a runaway success! I cannot thank you enough for the WORK you and your team accomplished in Adelaide Bentley Park yesterday. Your efforts gave the park a welcoming aesthetic that historic East Towson residents, Stanley Black & Decker employees, and passers-by from surrounding communities will enjoy for years to come. Bentley Park’s new look confirms it as another hallmark on the Road to Freedom Trail.”
As a firm, we are committed to improving the communities in which we live and work and are thankful to the folks at Westmoor Park and NeighborSpace for graciously welcoming and allowing us to play a role in fulfilling their mission.