Caring for the World We Live in…And Working for a Better Community
If you’re an average American, you produce 4.4. pounds of trash every single day, significantly more than the global average of 2.6 pounds. Adopt-A-Road is a volunteer program that provides a way to involve residents and businesses in caring for our highway roadsides. Through the program, volunteers pledge to keep specified/adopted roads free of litter at least twice a year, leading to a better, cleaner environment.
For the past three years, John Henry Foster (JHFoster) has been involved with this program. This spring, six employees; Matt Mensen, Will Hill, James Kirk, Bobbi Longley, Clark Oster and Larry Batterson – volunteered to clean up a designated portion of road near JHF.
Interesting moments surrounding the project;
- The project cleanup took 40 minutes.
- Volunteers were invited to leave work early because they showed up before work hours to help.
- All the volunteers agreed that the best part of helping is working in a group and interacting with others you wouldn’t normally see. And it was nice to talk about other things rather than work.
- One comment for future volunteers is to bring a second pair of shoes and socks because you never know what you might step in!
- When asked why they got involved, volunteers all came back with similar answers including;
- “Wanting to do something good for themselves”
- “Making an impact in our community”
- “Being part of something that would have a positive outcome on JHFoster”
- and “Helping to clean the environment”
This is an easy, yet effective way to directly impact your community. Volunteers helped MnDOT realize an estimated $6 million benefit in 2017 (http://www.dot.state.mn.us/adopt/) and that number is expected to climb even more in 2018!