Interface employees cap week of service

Jennifer Shrader and Asia Ashley Staff writers

October 4, 2013

Interface employees planted the flowers and put the final touches on landscaping improvements at the LaGrange-Troup County Humane Society on Thursday, one of the last acts of their “Mission Zero” week of service around the area.

The Boys & Girls Club of West Georgia and Whitesville Road Elementary School got carpet as part of the volunteer week and West Point Elementary School also received landscaping.

Andrea Sanders, communications manager for the company, said the volunteer effort will become an annual event.

“Mission Zero is part of our effort to eliminate our carbon footprint by the year 2020,” she said. The volunteer efforts are part of that work and employees are encouraged to give their time to the community. In fact, employees donated 11,000 volunteer hours around the area in 2012.

For the humane society, employees raffled off an iPad to raise money for the organization, presenting a check for about $1,500 on Thursday. On Wednesday and Thursday, employees worked on landscaping, improving the sign at the entrance way to the humane society and shelter.

Marsha Schubert, administrative director for the humane society, said Interface donated trees and benches last year and this year’s work is appreciated.

“It’s hard to have a project here because it’s about the animals,” Schubert said, but the improvements help the “curb appeal” for those visiting. The trees have provided helpful shade for the dogs while outside.

Schubert also was happy about the check donation.

“We can use that money for food or for anything we need,” she said.

October is “half-off” dog month, meaning dogs at the humane society and shelter can be adopted for half the cost of the normal fee. The humane society’s mobile adoption unit will be on Lafayette Square on Saturday for the annual Pet Show, which begins at noon.

Over in West Point, Interface employees beautified the West Point Elementary grounds.

For the past two years the company partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Apple Day of Service, a global initiative where people all over the world have committed to doing something at the school to promote education or beautify the schools, said Andrea Sander, communication manager Interface. The company tagged on to the global initiative as part Mission Zero Week this year.

“The kids get to come out here in sit and enjoy the weather and sunshine, and we’re just happy from Interface to be able to do this,” said Sanders, who has children attending the school.

Projects at the school included laying out gravel, cleaning out the pond, replacing picnic tables and benches, trimming shrubs and planting flowers.

The most time consuming of the project was rebuilding the picnic tables, said employee Kathy French, but the team enjoyed the day’s festivities.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” she said. “It’s gone faster when you’ve got everybody pitching in together as a team.”