Brickman Wins First PLANET Community Service Award

Brickman is a recipient of the Professional Landcare Networkís (PLANET) first annual Community Service Award, created to recognize significant contributions to the quality of the environment within the community.

Brickman has a longstanding tradition of community service, rooted in the values of company Founder, Theodore Brickman. In 1990, Brickman instituted a company-wide Founders Day, to honor his memory, and to give back to the communities in which Brickman employees live and work.

Each of Brickmanís 26 regions nationwide determines an activity that will best serve their surrounding community. Activities normally involve crews of ten to twenty workers and include planting, pruning, clean-up, tree removal, irrigation and other landscape-related activities.

This year, Brickman made a difference to people in organizations such as: Ronald McDonald House, Lambs Farm, Women in Need Grow Stronger (WINGS) and The Joshua Conference (Illinois), Girls Hope/Boys Hope (Ohio), Our Little Haven Childrenís Home (Missouri), Camp Horizons (Connecticut) and many other charitable organizations around the country. Contributions included over $150,000 in materials and labor, and immeasurable amounts of caring.

The relationships Brickman employees build through Founderís Day last throughout the year, Brickman checks back with beneficiary organizations to ensure their work is well maintained, and the relationships that are formed will often result in on-going improvement plans for properties that otherwise would suffer from neglect.

Lambís Farm, in Libertyville, Ill., is one example of a longstanding relationship between Brickman and the community. The working farm is a center for developmentally disabled adults, offering them opportunities to live, work, play and thrive. Brickmanís relationship with Lambs Farm goes as far back as Scott Brickmanís grandmother (Theodoreís wife), who used to volunteer there, and would often take her grandchildren along to work on the farm.

PLANET held an awards ceremony at their annual Green Industry Conference, where Debra Holder, Brickmanís Director of Industry Relations accepted the award on Brickmanís behalf.

Through this award, PLANET recognizes that community service by the members of the green industry helps to project a positive image of the overall industry. Green spaces can have a restorative effect for those who use them. As a leader in the industry, Brickman is proud to be able to contribute to nurturing that effect in the community and to elevating the image of the industry as a whole.

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