Planting the seed of giving is something Silversand Services knows all about. A 25 year old Commercial and Residential landscaping company located within the Energy Corridor, Silversand created its “Day of Giving” years ago to give back to the community. So when West Side High School needed help with landscaping, Silversand Services dedicated their day of work, and workers, to get the job done at the school.
“I have always believed the best feeling in life is giving back,” said Jimmy Collins, President at Silversand Services. “This particular event was a combination of training and giving back. Our company had a need to train our sales and marketing group concerning landscape installation. We thought that it would be a win-win to train and give back. We put the word out within our company about the idea and Becky Nickell mentioned West Side High School. We met with the teachers and they showed us a project they would appreciate our help with.”
Lawrence Spence who is one of the teachers in the Environmental Science, Urban Agriculture department explains how Silversand employees dug right into the task.
“The Day of Giving moved our garden program forward in a very concrete and helpful way,” said Spence. “The Silversand team built one large raised bed, created another in-ground herb bed and re-landscaped two ornamental beds at the front of the school. Although our students could have built the two garden beds, they have very limited time, fewer tools and significantly less know-how than the professionals. What Silversand accomplished for us in a few hours would likely have taken our students several weeks to finish.”
In total 15 individuals donated their time to complete the landscaping, build the raised garden, and install plants plus more. “When we took on this project it was cold and a lot of hard work,” said John Vanderburg, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Silversand Services. “But at the completion everyone involved truly enjoyed the experience. I personally felt a warm and excited feeing about giving back. We give to give and really don’t want anything in return. I call it unconditional giving.”
We call it a great day for everyone in the Energy Corridor.