The Land Conservancy, which permanently preserves natural areas and farmland in northern Ohio and does urban revitalization work statewide, has changed its corporate partnership program to give a company’s volunteers the opportunity to clean up streams, remove invasive species, plant trees and maintain community gardens, according to Jon Logue, development officer for the organization. In the past, the Land Conservancy’s corporate partnership program has focused primarily on event sponsorships.
Starting this fall, company employees will also get the chance to volunteer with the Land Conservancy.
“We wanted to get away from a corporate partnership situation in which we were strictly asking companies to sponsor galas and other events,” Logue said. “While corporate giving remains very important to our organization, we feel we will have a stronger program by providing these volunteer opportunities.”
Companies interested in finding out more about corporate partnerships with the Land Conservancy may contact Logue at (440) 396-5528 or [email protected].
In April, the Land Conservancy coordinated a major cleanup in southeast Akron near the Goodyear Test Track. The cleanup of the Haley’s and Adam’s runs greenway involved more than 70 volunteers, including employees of the nearby Air Enterprises and their families. In the past, the Land Conservancy has partnered with companies such as 3M and Kinetico on volunteer projects.
The Land Conservancy’s urban initiative, Thriving Communities Institute, most recently worked in Akron to conduct a vacant property survey throughout the city. The organization worked with East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation over the summer to survey the more than 90,000 structures in the city.
The Land Conservancy, which is based in Moreland Hills and has field offices in Akron, Cleveland, Medina, Oberlin, Chardon and Orrville, has preserved more than 530 properties and nearly 40,000 acres in northern and eastern Ohio. Thriving Communities has helped establish land banks in 22 Ohio counties and has helped secure $232 million in demolition funding for Ohio’s cities.