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Ruppert Landscape Sponsors Built Upon A Dream
By Camily Bishop



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Over 100 employees from Ruppert Landscape's Maryland branches in Baltimore, Laytonsville, Forestville and Frederick, and their D.C. branch volunteered their services to help spruce up the property surrounding The Children's Home in Catonsville, Maryland, which shelters youth ages 13 through 21.


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Installed in existing beds were nearly 500 perennials and 85 shrubs that were selected not only for an abundance of color but also because they require little upkeep for the property's maintenance staff. The volunteers also pruned trees, removed three dead ones and mowed seven acres of lawn surrounding the cottages and pavilion.


With a long-standing tradition of giving back to the community, Ruppert Landscape recently partnered with WMAR-TV in Baltimore to provide a facelift to the landscape of The Children's Home in Catonsville, Maryland, as part of the Built Upon A Dream community service project. Over 100 employees representing five of Ruppert's local landscape management branches participated in the event.

"The Children's Home campus is filled with young residents who are going through a challenging time in life," said Phil Key, Ruppert's president. " Our goal as a part of this project was to do what we could do to help brighten this campus and the lives of those who live here."

The total value of the campus renovation with time and materials was approximately $16,000 with over 200 man-hours invested. Teams from Ruppert's Maryland branches in Baltimore, Laytonsville, Forestville and Frederick, and their D.C. branch planted nearly 500 perennials and 85 shrubs in existing plant beds. New plant species were selected to add color and to ensure they'd come back year after year and require little upkeep for the maintenance staff at The Children's Home.

"We enjoy hands-on projects such as this because we feel it gives our team members a greater connection to what's being donated," Key continued.

The company gives five percent of its profit annually to charitable causes.

The Children's Home campus renovation also included the maintenance of existing plant beds, light tree pruning, removal of three dead trees in the courtyard, and mowing of seven acres on the grounds surrounding the cottages and pavilion. In addition to site improvements, teams competed in a number of contests throughout the day, including a clean truck contest, mowing Olympics, tool inventory, efficiency and quality audit, and more. The intent was for team members to experience camaraderie, fun and learning all while giving back to the community.

Built Upon a Dream, modeled on ABC Network's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" program, features builders, contractors, architects, suppliers and others who come together to help a non-profit organization in need.

For more information, visit www.abc2news.com/dream.


As seen in LC/DBM magazine, August 2016.








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