We all remember where we were during the tragic events of September 11, 2001. That date in history also has a special significance for us at Rivanna – it was the day we hired our first coworker. To honor the importance of that day in our nation’s history, as well as that of our own company, we held the first annual Rivanna Serves event, as part of National Day of Service and Remembrance. Rivanna coworkers across the country rolled up our sleeves (some literally) and set to work participating in service projects in our communities.
The Rivanna team in San Jose, California endured what turned out to be a very hot day while setting up for the Alzheimer Association’s Memory Walk® on September 12. The volunteers set up the start/finish venue for the 1500 walkers signed up to participate. The San Jose race was one of 600 others taking place around the nation to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. To get involved in a Memory Walk® in your area, whether to help out or strut your stuff, visit ww.alz.org.
A little further south in Encinitas, California, we spent the afternoon reading to children and educating parents about early literacy through the national Reach Out and Read® program. Volunteers are placed in pediatric medical facility waiting rooms and are encouraged to read aloud to children and talk with parents about the importance of reading in a young child’s intellectual development. To learn more about Reach out and Read®, visit www.reachoutandread.org. Introducing a child to the fascinating world of fiction is a great way to donate your time – and a great way to remember what it’s like to be a kid.
Back in Charlottesville, our HQ team donned long pants and boots and set off to help clean up a creek behind a local housing project. They were joined by Charlottesville mayor Dave Norris and Congressman Tom Perriello, along with about 40 others. After spending the morning picking up trash and clearing the trail (and miraculously avoiding poison ivy), the group enjoyed a small reception, during which Congressman Perriello honored local volunteer Kaitlin Smith with a Congressional Gold Medal for her service in the community.
Rivanna Serves 2009 was a success! We enjoyed our work and hope we’ve inspired you to get involved in your own community – whether just for a day or as an ongoing commitment to service. If you need help finding a project near you, visit www.serve.gov.