Shaw Marks 10th Year of Participation in VDOT Adopt-a-Highway Program
Employees and family members from Shaw Systems’ Richmond office adopted Moorefield Park Drive 10 years ago and have been keeping it clean ever since.
Volunteers meet quarterly on Saturday mornings armed with trash bags, vests, and disposable gloves to clean up the 1-1/4-mile road that circles the office park. The most recent pickup effort took place in early April, with 11 people pitching in.
Gerry Flinchbaugh, Shaw Vice President and Relationship Manager, initiated the project in February 2002 and has been the driving force behind the endeavor. “The Adopt-A-Highway program is a great community service opportunity,” said Gerry. “It is low-key, low-cost, and it provides immediate benefit to the surrounding area. Shaw Systems has had a dedicated group of volunteers ever since we got involved in this program. Thank you to all the associates and family members who have participated.”
Adopt-a-Highway first started in Texas in 1985. In Virginia, the program began in 1988 and is one of the largest programs in the country. Today, 48 states and Puerto Rico have instituted Adopt-a-Highway programs, along with Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Spain. That’s put one million volunteers to work along the road.