By Matt Ellis
During the spring and summer, many local nonprofits and charitable organizations gear up for their major fundraisers. These include walks, 5k runs and giving events. As part of its 2012 philanthropy efforts, the AffinEco companies have committed to Connecticut’s Adopt A Highway program.
Earlier this year, AffinEco signed on to sponsor the clean-up of two stretches of Interstate 95 in Greenwich and Fairfield. According to the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT), sponsors such as AffinEco arrange the litter removal of a two-mile stretch of highway approximately once per month. In recognition for its sponsorship an Adopt A Highway sign is installed on that stretch of highway. AffinEco’s signs are located on the northbound side of I-95 at mile marker 26 in Fairfield and on southbound I-95 at mile marker 6 in Greenwich.
United Services President Paul Senecal said the Adopt A Highway program made a lot of sense for the company.
“Most of our business is on the 95 corridor; most of our clients and employees commute on the 95 corridor. So we thought helping keep those stretches of highway clean was an appropriate way to give back. We like how the signs look and we wanted people to see them.”
DOT calls Adopt A Highway a “beautification program intended to encourage community and civic organizations, businesses, non-profit organizations and private citizens to participate in a continuing effort to keep the roadsides of Connecticut attractive and clean from litter.” It was established in 1994.
According to Senecal, the response to AffinEco’s participation has been excellent.
“We are proud of this and we hope others share our pride for the environment,” Senecal said.
This spring, United Services also took part in the inaugural Run or Walk with Mike 5K, sponsored by High Ridge Park Corporate Center. The event raised over $30,000 to benefit The Michael D. Rothman CIDP Research Fund at Columbia University, which was established to help support critical research into the causes and cures of Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) and other neuromuscular autoimmune disorders.
“We have worked with Jodi (Gutierrez), the VP of property management at High Ridge Park Corporate Center, for years and she asked if we would help sponsor the event. I brought my daughter along for the walk and it was great to participate in addition to providing the sponsorship,” said Senecal.
The AffinEco companies sponsor several charities in different Connecticut communities including March of Dimes, Boys & Girls Clubs and local sports teams.