At Room & Board, we believe that we are part of something bigger. We are committed to protecting the world we share through our business practices and our partnerships with environmental organizations doing great work in our communities. Through Room & Board’s Community Partnership program, our Los Angeles delivery center has established a robust and dynamic relationship with Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC), whose mission is to preserve and restore habitat on 16,000 acres of coastal land on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
The Los Angeles delivery team chose PVPLC as its community partner in 2013 and the relationship has blossomed in the ensuing years. “The staff at Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy shares a lot of the same values as we do and also approach their work in a similar way. We are both willing to think outside of the box on ways we can help and that has led to a lot of variety and a lot of fun,” said Customer Service Associate Mark Mathieu.
The team has done everything from weeding, raking and planting to providing furniture for fundraising events to building plant pallets from recycled scrap wood from the delivery center. One of PVPLC’s long term goals is to remove invasive plants and restore the native vegetation. Acacia, an invasive species native to Africa can be found within the preserve, so PVPLC contacted the Los Angeles Zoo to see if they would be interested in the plants for the African zoo animals. The zoo said ‘absolutely!’ and Room & Board sent a truck and a few staff members to clear and transport the brush destined to be a little taste of home for the animals.
Video by Merchandise Quality Associate Jake Galasso
At their best, community partnerships are a two-way street. “PVPLC is always so appreciative of our help, but volunteering also gives us a chance to spend time with our coworkers doing something that matters,” Jake said.” We get to do physical but enjoyable work in a beautiful environment and know that we’re making a difference. The fact that this partnership is supported by Room & Board’s guiding principles is really special.”
If you’d like to visit or volunteer with PVPLC, head to their website to learn more.
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