We’ve all seen it as we zip past in our cars: people in fluorescent vests gathering up litter on the side of the highway. Last week, Larson Design Group (LDG) team members were the ones taking part in this essential –though often overlooked – community activity, in the continued effort to enhance and enrich the communities in which LDG operates.
“I believe that each and every one of us can make a positive impact within the communities that we live and work,” said James Young, Senior Environmental Specialist in LDG’s Williamsport office, who coordinated LDG’s participation in Williamsport Cleanup Week 2019. “When you have an opportunity to work with others, get to know them better and learn from them, all while making a positive impact on our environment, it is a good day and something to be proud of.”
Sponsored by the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership and Heart of Williamsport, a non-profit organization that encourages community involvement, Williamsport Cleanup Week aimed to sweep through public property on both sides of the Susquehanna River and other locations across the city to improve the environment, beautify the city and engage citizens.
Eleven people from LDG’s Williamsport office participated in two cleanup sessions – one in the morning and one in the afternoon – for a total of approximately 32 stewardship hours. As a company, LDG encourages its employees to engage in their communities by offering paid stewardship hours every year that can be used on activities such as this.
Young, who has been involved with Heart of Williamsport since late 2018, said he choose “to be involved with and reach out to” LDG team members to participate in this event because of the company’s close ties to the community.
“LDG is a key stakeholder in the Williamsport area, as many of our people in the Williamsport office live and work here and many projects that we have been a part of are in support of making our community better,” he said, adding that he plans to repeat his participation in the event next year and hopes to involve LDG again.
Founded in 1993, Larson Design Group is an emerging national architecture, engineering and survey firm with 10 offices in four states and a vision to elevate client relationships, enrich the careers and lives of its employee-owners, and enhance the communities in which it operates. LDG promotes stewardship in their communities as one of its core values, and each year provides stewardship time that employees can use for activities meant to improve and engage with the places in which they live and work. For more information, visit www.larsondesigngroup.com