Employees from Johnson Controls donate time on the farm
Employees from the Johnson Controls Northwood plant donated their time Saturday to build a tool shed at Wood Lane Farm. The building will enhance efficiency and enable the staff and workers with disabilities to store materials and equipment on site versus moving them from location to location.
Employees also donated $1,561 to the Wood Lane Industries’ Board to cover the cost of materials for the shed as well as purchasing gloves and other supplies, according to a company spokesperson.
The donation was part of Blue Sky Involve, a global employee-driven program that encourages Johnson Controls employees to form volunteer groups that work with local non-profits or schools to support leadership development, environ¬mental sustainability and social service. Employees learned about Wood Lane and programs for Wood County residents as a result of the company employing an enclave of workers with disabilities at the plant. The local company completed an application to the corporate Blue Sky Involve program and received notification last month of its acceptance.
The Wood Lane Farm is one of the many employment options in Wood County for adults with developmental disabilities. The Farm is part of Wood Lane Industries and is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. A CSA program is a farming model where community members purchase a share in advance of the growing season. The purchases of shares give the CSA the resources to help cover costs associated with the farming season. This includes but is not limited to seed purchases, labor costs, and machinery. Members of a CSA are provided with locally grown and fresh produce throughout the growing season.
Workers with disabilities learn valuable skills on the farm such as seeding, transplanting, weeding, watering, harvesting and processing.
The Women’s Entrepreneurial Network will co-host the Women’s Distance Festival a fund-raising event to be held at Fallen Timbers Mall in Maumee on August 3rd. The 5K run, Heels Race, and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes events begin with registration at 7 a.m. and continue all morning. The proceeds of the festival will support local nonprofits such as Girls on the Run, WEN, and Toledo Roadrunners Club.
Sponsorships are available and allow businesses to promote their products and services to participants. Sponsorship packets can be found at https://www.wen-usa.com/wp-content/uploads/WEN-Race-Sponsorship-Packet-.pdf. Opportunities for donating and/or volunteering are also available.
To register for any or all of the events, please visit https://www.wen-usa.com/upcoming-event.
The right thing
The Grainger Foundation has donated $10,000 to Honor Flight Northwest Ohio to support its mission of
honoring American veterans. This grant will be used to take World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam
veterans to Washington, D.C., said Lee Armstrong, the President of Honor Flight Northwest Ohio.
Armstrong said that the organization has already conducted 30 flights, safely escorting 1,520 veterans on their Trip of a Lifetime. Honor Flight Northwest Ohio still has well over 500 veterans on its waiting list.
W.W. Grainger has been a part of the northwest Ohio business community for more than 35 years
as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products.
For information about Honor Flight Northwest Ohio contact Armstrong at
United Van Lines has selected its Van Operators of the Month for March. The recognition acknowledges excellent performance in the areas of operational proficiency, cargo claims prevention, customer service and safety.
Mark St. Clair, a Northwood resident, was recognized in the Household Goods Regional Fleet (up to 50,000 miles) category for his work with, Corrigan Moving Systems, Rochester, N.Y.
The East Toledo-Oregon Kiwanis will host its 14th annual Scholarship Golf Outing Friday, July 26 at Eagle’s Landing in Oregon.
For sponsorship and team information, call John Eisenhart at 419-346-0231.
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