People often ask me how U&R got into volunteering. In 1999, I decided to write letters to the Superintendents of our California National Parks to find a volunteer project for our company. A few days of camping and surveying in one of our beautiful national parks would be a fun and rewarding event for my employees. It would also be a great way to give back to the community. Little did I know it would be the beginning of an annual event. It has now caught the praises of the State of California. And it’s the talk of all employees, past and present, at U&R.
The impact volunteerism has on a company’s image and goals are immeasurable. Owners and employees gain a new appreciation of their work. Teamwork and leadership skills obtained by volunteering together do wonders for office morale and loyalty. The community benefits immensely by getting professional services at no cost. Many needed public projects have received capital funding because of our donated services. Cost to U&R has been minor compared to the rewards.
We have had the pleasure of working in some amazing places. Our volunteer surveys have taken us to Lassen Volcanic National Park, Yosemite National Park, Angel Island State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and Andrew Molera State Park. Our surveys have jumpstarted projects such as trail accessibility improvements, meadow restorations, road repairs, Indian village community facilities reconstruction, fish habitat preservation, and a park visitor center.
We all have a responsibility to help our communities. Privately-owned companies such as U&R have resources and talents to offer in ways limited only by their desire and creativity.