A 51-member team of Hines employees in California’s Bay Area recently organized two community service projects through the firm’s myCommunity program. Depending on interest and schedule, volunteers could choose between two great team-building opportunities to give back to local charities.
The morning found team members serving at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Menlo Park. Volunteers prepared lunch for 700 of the city’s underprivileged at St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room. The church began feeding its less fortunate neighbors in 1974, and now serves more than 600 meals, six days a week to meet the needs of those who would otherwise go hungry. During the session, the team sorted and inspected food, prepped and served a simple meal, and cleaned dishes and tables. They even found time to mend a broken fence.
While the first team helped residents break bread, the second team of volunteers did something a little more in line with Hines’ typical work: they broke ground – in a manner of speaking. The team spent the afternoon sweating in the California sun as they worked to clear a new trail at Rancho Corral de Tierra, a 4,000-acre National Park on the peninsula near Half Moon Bay. Once slated for development, the discovery of an endangered flower saved the territory that now makes up the park. During their afternoon of volunteering, the Hines team dug up and removed 236 invasive plants to make way for the new trail.
Congratulations to the many volunteers from the San Mateo Office, 777 Mariners Island, 55 Second Street, WSGR (Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati), Facebook, 2000 Alameda de las Pulgas, 160 W. Santa Clara, Stanford Research Park and Amazon SJC11 (Sunnyvale). Their hard work has made a real difference for hundreds of residents in the community.
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