More than a dozen Langley Envision Financial employees didnâ€™t mind getting their hands dirty on Sept. 23.
They were among the staff from Envision who said goodbye to their office last week, to spend a day volunteering with local non-profit agencies throughout the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, and Kitimat.
In its eighth year, Envisionâ€™s Make a Difference Days is a week-long volunteer service opportunity where Envision Financial employees spend one half to a full day working alongside local non-profit agencies â€“ helping to fulfill a project or volunteer need in their organization.
More than a dozen Langley Envision employees spent time out of the office and in the gardens supporting the Maples Discovery Gardens Co-op.
They helped build the permanent home of Natureâ€™s Classroom, a plot of land that will house the gardens of six classrooms for students in Grades 3-7 starting in spring 2015.
The Envision Financial team built a fence, the pathways, and gardens beds.
On top of that, the group constructed a walking path and planted plants that will make up the Wild Food edible garden â€“ an idea of the late Bruce VanGarderen that came to life with a $10,000 grant received via an application Envision Financial submitted on the gardenâ€™s behalf, through the annual emPOWERING Your Community grants offered through Concentra Financial.
Lastly, a new compost area was dug as well as a wall of blackberry bushes removed.
Maples Discovery Gardens Co-op was incorporated in May 2009, with the purposes of â€œencouraging interest groups and the community at large to participate in programs in order to advance and sustain health improvement, disease prevention, environmentally friendly activities, and providing produce and other products to be sold in local markets. The Co-op will generate revenues to be self-supporting and strive to develop a healthy community by nature.â€
Maples is located on six acres of botanical and native gardens with community walking paths, an events square, garden plots, and greenhouse. Its purpose is to encourage community groups to participate in programs that advance and sustain health improvement, disease prevention, and environmentally friendly activities while striving to create â€œa healthy community by nature.â€
Last year, more than 200 Envision Financial employees provided 808 volunteer hours in support of 16 community partners and 24 community projects throughout the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Kitimat.
Envisonâ€™s community service work isnâ€™t done.
On Friday, Oct. 10, their volunteer efforts continue at the Salvation Army Gateway of Hope.