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23-Jun-2014  Rocky Hill / USA

Community service project in North America

Finance employees roll up their sleeves

Volunteers in Connecticut, USA, helped with "Plant a Row for the Hungry" which grows produce for homeless shelters and senior centers.

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Open Slideshow A group of Finance employees in Rocky Hill

Finance employees chose Westmoor Park ...

Open Slideshow Henkel Finance employees shovelling in a garden

... for their community service project ...

Open Slideshow Henkel Finance employees gardening

... as part of Henkel's focus on sustainability

Finance Department employees in Rocky Hill, Connecticut/USA. traded their spreadsheets for shovels, rakes and hoes as part of their annual community service day end of May at Westmoor Park in West Hartford. The Finance team chose Westmoor Park for the service project because its mission aligns with Henkel's sustainability focus. Westmoor is an environmental, agricultural and horticultural education center, dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation for the natural world. The park offers a variety of educational programs for school children and the general public. The park has a demonstration farm with animals, large garden areas with flowers and fruit orchards, and an exhibition center with a nature discovery room and a heated greenhouse.

The park also participates in Plant a Row for the Hungry, a US wide public service campaign initiated by the Garden Writers Association of America in 1995. Westmoor Park dedicates a 1/2 acre for this campaign, growing vegetables and herbs organically. The produce is donated to a local homeless shelter and senior centers in West Hartford. The Finance volunteers did some cultivating, raking and creating rows for this program, in addition to working in the fruit orchards and tackling some other landscaping projects.

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