CT LANDSCAPE FIRM SEEKS SUBMISSIONS FOR LOCAL “DAY OF SERVICE” CONTEST

New Milford, CT. February 24, 2011—This Earth Day, April 22, 2011, YardApes founder Shayne Newman, along with his firm’s team of volunteers, will revitalize the green-spaces of one area non-profit organization and one area homeowner.

The Day of Service Contest is a need-based initiative.  Contest winners, determined and vetted by Mr. Newman and his staff, must demonstrate a need for a green-space renewal and revitalization.

Last year’s projects included a landscape renewal for Brookfield’s town library at 182 Whisconier Road, Brookfield, CT. and installation of a new lawn and new walkway at the Creative Playground on Pickett District Road, New Milford, CT.

“The past years’ projects have focused on civic venues. I wanted to do something different this Earth Day. I thought it might be nice, given the economic climate and given our record snowfall, to open this up to homeowners and nonprofits,” said Mr. Newman in a statement. “I think we all could use a pick me up.”

Both projects will be part of a nationwide “Day of Service” initiated by national Professional Landcare Network lawn and landscape association PLANET, with the goal of giving its 4,200 member companies an opportunity to plan, organize, and carry out projects to benefit their local communities.

A PLANET member and Landcare Network Public Relations Committee Chairperson, Mr. Newman is a recognized leader in community service contributions throughout the year.  The YardApes founder became a “Day of Service” charter participant with the central mission of “demonstrating goodwill and environmental stewardship in revitalizing the places where people live, work, and play.”

YardApes staff members are no strangers to community volunteerism. The affectionately nicknamed “apes” are regular participants in company giveback projects. “It is very important for us at YardApes to continually strive in creating a ‘whole’ workplace, where the workers feel good about their jobs, reach their professional and educational goals, and have opportunity to standout as top-notch examples of what land care professionals represent today,” explained Mr. Newman.

“My employees are excited to help out the community, and I am proud that they are willing to donate their time and energy during the gear up of our busy spring season. They take pride in their work not only a professional level, but personally as well.”

Contest submissions should be received by March 22nd, 2011. The landscaping firm needs time to assess the nature of the projects, order materials and mobilize volunteers. Briefly describe the state of your green-space and send photos to: Kristen@YardApes.org or by mail: YardApes, Inc.  PO Box 982, New Milford, CT 06776.

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