Volunteers from Los Gatos Company Spruce Up Milpitas Center

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By Susan C. Schena
Los Gatos Patch

Volunteers from Los Gatos environmental engineering firm Stantec spent hours on Monday sprucing up the Sunnyhills Family Resource Center in Milpitas as part of Stantec in the Community Day, a company-wide day of service.

The day saw nearly 5,500 Stantec employees around the world giving back to their communities.

“This day of volunteering not only supports our commitment to community, but also brings our team members together to make a coordinated, local impact,” says Stantec president and chief executive officer Bob Gomes. “Our employees have been serving their communities for decades, but bringing them together on one day like this just emphasizes what a difference we can make.”

The Family Resource Center is a joint effort between FIRST 5 Santa Clara County and The Health Trust and provides children ages 0 to 5 years and their families with early childhood development resources.

The Stantec volunteers spent the afternoon painting, landscaping, and making other improvements to help the Center prepare for its grand opening on September 27.(See more here on Facebook.)

“As a lifelong Santa Clara County resident, working with FIRST 5 and The Health Trust strengthens my ties to my community,” says Stantec’s Wendy Chen. “They provide tools, the foundation, and help to close the gap for children in need to become the future of Santa Clara County. As a Stantec employee, knowing that my colleagues across the globe were doing the same thing in their communities inspires us even more.”

Photos and info provided by Stantec.

Some other examples of Stantec in the Community Day events around the world include:

· In New York City, volunteers stripped and repainted a 140-year-old wrought-iron fence that surrounds Christopher Park in Greenwich Village.

· In Sarasota, Florida, employees planted wildflower seeds to help replenish the struggling wildflower ecology.

· In Thunder Bay, Ontario, the Stantec team painted a mural in the downtown that showcases the community.

· In Vancouver, BC, volunteers will be serving as the “sherpas” who accompany people with limited mobility to experience hiking trails.