Centerra, in partnership with High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC), recently organized a fall community give back day within its master-planned community in Loveland. Volunteers from local businesses and residents came together to clean up areas along the Centerra trail system and lakes which is managed by local non-profit HPEC.
Volunteers included University of Northern Colorado — Loveland Center, Employer Solutions Group, DMB Community Life, McWHINNEY, HPEC and Lakes at Centerra residents. Volunteers collected debris and pulled weeds along Equalizer Lake, Houts Reservoir and open spaces to help support HPEC and the community areas it manages and maintains. During the two-hour event, volunteers filled 30 bags and the donated time equated to a value of more than $1,000.
“Gathering our neighbors to lend a hand shows great stewardship for our environment and is an expression of our core values,” said David Crowder, general manager of Centerra and vice president of community development for McWHINNEY. “I was energized by the people who chose to give their time to pick up debris, which helps protect our open spaces and natural wildlife. I was especially thrilled when a jogger on the trail said a simple ‘thank you’ as she passed by. It made my day! We plan to make this an annual event and continually grow our volunteer involvement.”
Photos courtesy of McWHINNEY