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Contact: Lisa Schaumann
Contact: Heather Finney
Register Projects Now For Largest Volunteer Day of Service in the Industry, April 22, 2013
HERNDON, Va., Feb. 4, 2013 — The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) has opened registration for the fifth annual PLANET Day of Service, on Earth Day, April 22.
PLANET Day of Service unites the industry for a day of giving back that demonstrates the passion landscape professionals have about caring for our nation’s backyards, parks, and green spaces, while at the same time educating and serving the public.
This grassroots event allows companies to organize volunteer projects in their own communities, where the need is the greatest. Projects have included building learning and healing gardens, and revitalizing and installing plants at war memorials, youth and senior centers, local parks, and on church and school grounds. This year’s theme, Come Alive Outside, illustrates how green spaces make a positive impact on people’s lives.
The projects have impacted thousands of people across the country. But perhaps the biggest affect has been on the participants themselves.
“For the past four years our company has participated in Day of Service,” said Shayne Newman, Landscape Industry Certified, president of YardApes, in New Milford, Conn. “We have encouraged our community to be involved in the entire process, which really connects us with vendors, clients, and local business leaders. It has also become a great team-building experience for our entire staff.”
In the past four years, nearly 9,000 volunteers have completed more than 800 projects around the country, which is a donation of time and services worth more than $3 million.
PLANET Day of Service is open to all industry professionals. Register a project at www.planetdayofservice.org and receive five free event T-shirts. The website also includes a complete planning guide to help companies select, plan, promote, and execute a successful project. When companies register their project, they are added to the nationwide map, and media and the public can search for and read about projects.
Event sponsors include Belgard Hardscapes, Blizzard Snowplows, Fisher Snowplows, Include Software, JOHN DEERE, Nature Safe, Western, TruGreen, Shindaiwa, CNA, STIHL Inc., Snapper Pro, Turf Appeal, and Highgrove Partners.
For more information about PLANET Day of Service, log on to www.planetdayofservice.org, or call the PLANET office at 800-395-2522.
PLANET is the national trade association representing more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, who create and maintain healthy, green living spaces for communities across America. PLANET members are committed to the highest standards in industry education, best practices and business professionalism. Many of PLANET’s professionals have attained the status of becoming Landscape Industry Certified, achieving the greatest level of industry expertise and knowledge. Visit PLANET at www.landcarenetwork.org.