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Northern Virginia Branches Participate in Toys for Tots BrightView hosts 10th annual Toys for Tots drive

This past holiday season, the BrightView Northern Virginia regional team participated in a Toys for Tots toy drive. This is the 10th consecutive year that theToys for Tots logo Northern Virginia region has supported the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve program. This year’s drive had full participation from all five branches including Alexandria, Chantilly, Dulles, Fredericksburg, and Lorton. The region has provided more than 500 gifts to the charity over the last ten years.

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. In 2018, the local Virginia region distributed 106,947 toys to 89,755 children.

Thank you to all the Northern Virginia branches for their continued charitable efforts.

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Tucson Branches Celebrate by Giving Back

Tucson Branches Celebrate by Giving Back Food is being collected and donated to benefit needy residents of the Southern Arizona city of Tucson

BrightView’s trucks are typically filled with landscaping equipment – but during the holiday season, some are stuffed with something else: canned food. The food is being collected and donated to benefit needy residents of the Southern Arizona city of Tucson.

BrightView Tucson West and Tucson East are collaborating to collect canned goods to “Stuff the BrightView Truck.” The program aims to pack as many non-perishable goods into BrightView trucks as possible to give back to the community. The branch is working together to collect and distribute food to help many local food pantries and programs.

“Our community is very close knit and anything BrightView can do to help give back is a top priority for us,” says Glen Killmer, Tucson West Branch Manager. “The community knows of BrightView as an industry-leading landscape provider so this is a small gesture to help give back to those in need.”

The Tucson branches plans on donating the first “Stuff the BrightView Truck” to local food pantries at a time when food donations are at a peak: the holiday season. BrightView will be matching all contributions made during this program.

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Landscaping Provided for U.S. Army veteran Sgt. Stefan Leroy

BrightView Provides Landscaping for Double Amputee Afghanistan War Veteran BrightView team members in Florida contributed landscaping for U.S. Army veteran Sgt. Stefan Leroy

The Gary Sinise Foundation honors the nation’s defenders, veterans, first responders and their families, administering programs designed to inspire, strengthen, and build communities.

A recent Foundation program received support from BrightView, a project that benefited veterans of the U.S. Marines Corps and Air Force. BrightView provided around $7,500 worth of landscaping to a new home for retired Army Sgt. Stefan Leroy, a double amputee. The BrightView crew designed and installed the irrigation system for Sgt. Leroy’s new home in West Palm Beach, Fla. BrightView also installed more than 500 plants and trees and laid 5,000 square feet of sod.

Leroy was wounded in Afghanistan after stepping on an IED while helping carry a wounded comrade to an evacuation helicopter. Leroy has been making headlines since his retirement as a four-time Boston Marathon competitor.

”As a veteran myself, it was really nice to see that people do still care,” said Carlos Sanchez, BrightView Account Manager in Sunrise, Fla. Carlos oversaw the installation, which was fulfilled by 30 industry-wide volunteers.

BrightView recently launched an internal advocacy group called “BrightView Recognizing and Acknowledging Veteran Opportunities,” or BRAVO. This idea was proposed by a group of veteran BrightView leaders and will celebrate military service, assist in the recruitment of veterans for every BrightView line of business, and help establish BrightView as a veteran-friendly organization both internally and in the community.

“BrightView worked with local suppliers to have all landscape materials for the project donated, which enforced a community of support for this important donation,” said Kenneth Catalano, BrightView Branch Manager in Florida South.

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Thousand Oaks Memorial Pays Tribute to ‘Borderline 12’

Thousand Oaks Memorial Pays Tribute to ‘Borderline 12’ BrightView donates 30-foot oak tree that honors 12 Borderline Bar & Grill victims

Team members from BrightView joined forces with residents of Thousand Oaks, Calif., to honor the 12 victims of the Nov. 7, 2018, mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill. One year after the tragic event, the community came together to create a new healing garden that pays tribute to the victims.

The garden features 12 vertical water jets, 12 natural stone slab benches, 12 natural granite boulders, and one massive oak tree.

BrightView Tree Company donated the 50-year-old oak tree as the centerpiece of the garden. The 30-foot coast live oak tree was delivered to the healing garden in September from BrightView’s nursery in Fillmore, Calif.

“During the selection of the oak tree for the healing garden, our goal was to find a large, healthy specimen that would tie into the existing mature trees on site,” said Andrew Mooney, Conejo Recreation and Park District Senior Park Planner. “The selected tree provides an anchor for the garden, which offers a background element to the space while also providing texture and shade through its foliage.”

The oak, which is 20 feet wide, was set to be destroyed before being rescued by BrightView Tree Company. It was relocated and cared for by BrightView’s experts and nursed back to its former glory.

“Much like the community of Thousand Oaks, the donated tree is healing,” said Robert Crudup, President and chief operating officer of BrightView Tree Company. “BrightView is honored to be a part of this memorial.”

The mission of the garden is to pay tribute to the Thousand Oaks community and honor the strength they showed in the aftermath of the tragic event.

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BrightView Helps Create Playground for Children of Teen Parents

BrightView Partners with United Way and COPT to Create Playground for Children of Teen Parents A formerly abandoned building turns into a beacon of hope.

Nationwide, only 40% of teen parents graduate high school. But at Benjamin Franklin High School in Baltimore, the percentage is an astounding 74%. The secret to their success is the community school strategy of the United Way Ben Center in Brooklyn/Curtis Bay, which, in addition to providing a variety of resources for students, their families, and neighborhood residents, supports teen parents pursing a high school diploma. BrightView had the honor of assisting in their noble mission, by helping construct a playground for Ben Center’s tiniest members: the teens’ infants and toddlers.

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Ben Center's new outdoor space will also be used as an outdoor classroom.

While teen parents attend high school classes at BFHS, their children can attend the early childhood development program offered at Ben Center. The program is critical to the teen parents’ success, providing safe and convenient care and enrichment for their children while they complete their education. With the addition of the playground, the children now have an enhanced space to take their learning outdoors.

Developing the playground was a true community effort. BrightView partnered with Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) and Plano Coudon to create the play areas. COPT CEO Steve Budorick, former United Way campaign chair, led the charge. BrightView donated services and materials and COPT committed $100,000 in support of the project. Vendor partners SYNLawn and Country Springs Nursery also lent their support, along with BrightView’s Baltimore, Anne Arundel, and Howard branches.

Following demo and soil amendments, the multi-company volunteer force installed plants, fertilizer and mulch, to create the beautiful environment for Ben Center’s children. Completed in mid-August, the playground enhances the childcare program and provides a place for parents in this challenged community to bring their children to play. What was once an abandoned building now serves as a symbol of hope.

Since opening in June 2014, Ben Center has helped more than 60 students and 44 infants. To learn how you can help Ben Center continue to change lives, visit UnitedtoAct.org.

 

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BrightView Enhances Landscape of Veterans Memorial Park

BrightView Enhances Landscape of Veterans Memorial Park Project honors Army Air Force Staff Sgt. Carl M. Shaffer
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BrightView team member participate in a clean-up event at the Veterans Memorial Park in Pottstown, Pa.

Veterans Memorial Park in Pottstown, Pa., is being revitalized thanks to the work of BrightView and other local businesses. BrightView proudly donated landscape services to the memorial park, including mulching, weeding, and general improvements to the grounds. 

This project honors Army Air Force Staff Sgt. Carl M. Shaffer, a Pottstown native who served in World War II. Staff Sgt. Shaffer’s remains were recently identified and returned for burial in his hometown. The project also will honor Gabriel “Gabe” Joseph Fieni, who was the founder of the Pottstown World War II Memorial. Fieni served as a U.S Army medic in World War II.

“Our BrightView team was grateful for the opportunity to be a part of something as moving as a veterans memorial park,” said Zach Kolb, Norristown Account Manager. “It was very satisfying knowing that BrightView’s donation will have such an important impact on the community.”

The clean-up project is leading up to the fourth-annual Pottstown Veterans’ Community Day Sept. 28. The event will honor local veterans and celebrate their service to the country.

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Helping Women Flourish at BrightView

Helping Women Flourish at BrightView BrightView’s GROW celebrates two years of success
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GROW’s mission is to attract, promote, and retain women within BrightView.

BrightView Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BV) (“BrightView”), the nation’s leading commercial landscaping services company, celebrated the second anniversary of its landmark first Employee Resource Group: GROW (Growth in Relationships + Opportunities for Women). GROW’s mission is to attract, promote, and retain women within BrightView.

Led by a group of women committed to the mission – and who volunteer their time to ensure its success – GROW offers networking, professional development, and leadership opportunities for the women of BrightView. To date, more than 300 women have participated in professional development with hundreds more benefiting from online programs.

”Women are clearly an under-represented, yet capable group within the landscape industry and even here at BrightView,” said Andrew Masterman, BrightView President, Chief Executive Officer, and executive sponsor of GROW. “I’ve challenged our team to double the number of women in BrightView over the next three to four years, which will have a positive long-term impact on the company.”

GROW is comprised of five initiatives:

  1. Professional Development – Have in-person events across the country and webinars with external coaches and internal speakers who inspire, teach, and help develop women.

  2. Networking – Create channels for organic, lasting relationship development, including an online community.

  3. Task Forces – Create cross-functional committees of women working together to solve business challenges and enhance existing programs.

  4. Community Service – Build a partnership with Dress for Success, a global nonprofit organization that provides professional attire for low-income women, to support women re-entering the workforce following challenging life circumstances.

  5. Mentorship – Currently in development, this program will offer more opportunities to develop the talents of BrightView’s female team members.

“Nurturing the talented women of BrightView through GROW is something I take tremendous pride in,” said Amanda Orders, BrightView’s Senior Vice President for Human Resources and GROW Co-Leader. “GROW brings women together across BrightView to support each other, develop future leaders, and create lasting, professional relationships. It started as a small idea and has grown into something rewarding for all involved.”


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Butterflies Flutter into New Garden at Nemours Hospital

Butterflies Flutter into New Garden at Nemours Hospital Garden designed to be a place of joy and healing for pediatric patients
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Kendra Kaericher wanted to brighten the day for the patients and families and knew a butterfly garden would do just that.

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., recently brightened the day for their patients with a new, airy butterfly garden. More than 200 butterflies spread their wings and flew into their new home, designed and built by BrightView.

The effect was felt throughout the hospital with patients, families, and guests viewing the event in their rooms and in the now brightened courtyard. The hospital’s goal is for the garden to be a place of joy and healing for pediatric patients.

The garden came to fruition thanks to a $2,500 grant from Sokoloff Grant for Compassion & Kindness, which was awarded to 17-year-old Kendra Kaericher. Kaericher was nominated by her peers and teachers at St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire to create a project that gives back to the world. While working her summer at inpatient services at Nemours, Kaericher wanted to brighten the day for the patients and families and knew a butterfly garden would do just that. She used the grant to nurture more than 200 caterpillars into butterflies in her living room and also had input into the garden’s design.

The butterfly garden features perennial plants, a butterfly bush, and various other plants that attract monarch butterflies.

Learn more about the garden and the grant.

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Re-opening of Philadelphia's Independence Mall

 

 

The re-opening of Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, part of Independence National Historical Park, can be described in one word: incredible. BrightView, along with fellow champions, suppliers, local media, and eager crowds, were there to witness the symbolic ribbon cutting to re-open the historic lawn to the public on May 17, 2019.

BrightView’s in-kind donation to Independence National Historical Park’s landscape includes the replacement of nearly 100,000 square feet of damaged sod, irrigation repair, tree care, and improvements to the gardens, as well as maintenance of the landscape for the next year.

(For the full transcript, see below.)

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BrightView’s Re-opening of Independence National Mall

Cynthia MacLeod, Superintendent at Independence National Historical Park:

Welcome to Independence National Historical Park. We are here today to celebrate the re-opening of Independence Mall and to thank BrightView Landscapes, from the bottom of our heart, for the work they have done to beautify this part of the park. Doesn't it look wonderful?

Andrew Masterman, CEO:

At BrightView we're proud to be working directly with the National Park Service on restoring this national monument to the glory it should be. In October 2017, I was sitting and having coffee on a Sunday morning and there in the newspaper was an article about the state of the National Park system’s great Independence Hall.  

Christian Hanley, Director of Technology at OLIN:

I walk through this park every morning on my way to work and over the years, I've seen it stressed from occupation of the various visitors. 

Masterman:

The state of the park was in somewhat disrepair and the turf was compacted, so when I read the article, I then contacted our Chief Marketing Officer, Todd Chambers, and said, "We've got to do something about it." This is our home. Not only are we a Philadelphia-based company, but we are the largest landscaping company in the United States.

Hanley:

The National Park Service has been challenged with resources available to them in past decades and it is so wonderful to have citizens, like BrightView, to step in and help.

Tom Caramanico, President of Independence Historical Trust:

Our job as philanthropic partner of Independence Park is to raise money for projects around the park that don't fit into the federal budget. When BrightView called and demonstrated that they were willing to donate this much work to the park, I was just blown away by that. Their civic leadership will help us with everything else we're trying to do here.

Mark Squilla, Philadelphia Councilman of District 1:

This is a true public-private partnership today and what a great view we have. Isn't it a bright view? A beautiful, bright view.

Philadelphia citizen:

It's great. I think before it was kind of - not dull - but it wasn't as green and it wasn't as lively. It was just kind of there.

MacLeod:

This Block One in front of Independence Hall is enormously improved from how it was just a few months ago. The pride that the BrightView associates have put into this and the enjoyment that the visitors will get from their exquisite donation and ongoing maintenance is really important to us.

Philadelphia citizen:

I think it looks really beautiful and green and I think it's inviting. It doesn't have all the patchy spots that it used to have. I am super impressed that someone was willing to donate all of this to Philly.

Philadelphia citizen:

I can't believe how beautiful BrightView has made the park and the surrounding area.

Philadelphia citizen:

The first thing I noticed is how green it was. It feels like a place you'd want to almost take a nap in the grass. I think it's great that they've given their time and energy to revitalize the downtown areas and bring more tourists back in and put money back into the community.

Masterman:

BrightView crews, many of them here today, have spent the last seven weeks working to return this landscape, the most visited part of one of the city's most visited attractions, to something every resident of Philadelphia can be proud of.

MacLeod:

BrightView Landscapes' in-kind donation, valued at over $300,000, is a truly magnificent, visible improvement and we greatly appreciate the donation. In addition to the work they have already completed that you're enjoying today, they will perform one year of landscape maintenance work and train our staff on their upkeep methods. It's the gift that keeps on giving.

Caramanico:

The BrightView people have an incredible amount of knowledge about how to handle turf, like this, that is heavily used and that knowledge is going be very valuable to this park and will be helpful for years into the future.

Jake Chalfin, Sales Manager at Laurel Valley Soils:

When managing turf, a lot of companies will take a shortcut and just try to feed it from the top down when really there's an underlying problem which is amending the soil from the bottom up. It takes a lot more time and investment to do it that way, but they had the courage and the foresight to know how to do it the right way.

Hanley:

Thank you again to BrightView for this wonderful donation and contribution to the National Park Service and to the city of Philadelphia.

Squilla:

This is something that we need to cherish - to be able to have people like BrightView be able to help and partner with us to be able to make this happen. Please give them a great round of applause for what they have done for us here today.

Masterman:

We hope every person who visits this park, whether a resident of Philadelphia or a tourist, is as moved by the beauty and significance of this extraordinary place as we are. To the National Park Service and superintendent MacLeod, thank you for allowing us to help and thank you for coming out today.

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