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Volunteering is a way of life in Vermont. Neighbors are cared for, children nurtured, homes restored and lives rebuilt with the help of community. It’s a tradition Seventh Generation has always embraced wholeheartedly. And while giving back is its own reward, we’d like to pause and thank the kind hearts and helping hands of our 100+ employees for an extraordinary year of giving back. Here’s just a brief look at a few of the many ways in which their 2,767 volunteer hours were spent in 2012:
- More than 60 Seventh Generation staffers "abandoned" the office in Burlington, VT for a day of volunteering at camp TaKumTa in South Hero, VT. The group tackled everything from fire pit building to painting as they helped ready the camp for its 2012 season.
- Seventh Generation has a special partnership with the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes Elementary School in Burlington. This year, employees also donated nearly 900 hours of volunteer time to build an outdoor classroom and natural playground for the Sustainability Academy.
- Seventh Generation employees joined hundreds of other supporters at Bolton Valley for The First Annual Bolton or Bust: Breast Cancer Prevention Hike to highlight the importance of breast cancer prevention and benefit the work of the Breast Cancer Fund.
- Our marketing department volunteered for a day of environmental service at Williams Woods in Charlotte, Vt.
- Two intrepid employees joined the team from In Good Company and devoted a week to rebuilding wetlands in the Louisiana Gulf.
- Seventh Generation went head to head and department to department to collect food for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, besting a goal of donating 2,300 lbs, with a whopping 3,918 lbs -- enough feed 100 families for a month.
- Employees spent the day at Shelburne Orchards, picking 3,000 pounds of apples for the Vermont Foodbank.