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Join us for AHMC's Annual Beach Cleanup Event - Beaches Be Crazy!!

by Erin Marchesano 6. April 2015 10:03

Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation (AHMC) & Adopt A Beach Outdoor Media (AAB) are proud to be participating in the Beach Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 11, 2015, sponsored by the Huntington/Seal Beach Surfrider Foundation. This monthly event also happens to coincide with Surfrider’s Annual Ohana Family Day, which will be held this year at Seal Beach Pier.  The time for Beach Clean Up will be 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon, with Ohana Family Day events continuing until 1:00 PM.

“Participating in this event has inspired a new tradition within our company to bring together our employees and their families to collectively volunteer for environmentally conscious events every year.   With Earth Day approaching, (April 22) it’s an exceptional time to participate in both Ohana Days and the Seal Beach clean-up..."

Read the full AHMC/AAB press release here.

More event information from Surfrider Huntington/Seal Beach:

Ohana Day is a great opportunity for everyone to come out for an enjoyable and educational day at the beach. Surfrider will have plenty of volunteers on hand to talk about simple things we can all do in our own homes to improve water quality at our beaches. In addition there will be free surf lessons courtesy of M&M Surf School, free marine biology lessons form Science 2 U, interactive information on ocean and surf related group tables, a bodyboarding clinic courtesy of Alternative Surf, Lifeguard Try-Outs, Surfrider programs and a beach cleanup. All this in addition to music and a raffle featuring merchandise from a variety of supporting local businesses. Friends and families are encouraged to bring their boards, beach chairs and a picnic lunch to enjoy a fun day at the beach!

Surfrider is looking forward to sharing their environmental programs the chapter has developed. These programs include beach cleanups, water quality testing, creating Ocean-Friendly Gardens, Education and Rise Above Plastic to reduce litter on our streets and beaches. All of these programs will be featured at Ohana Day – a great opportunity to get involved. The event will be held on the sand at the Seal Beach Pier/ 8th street beach parking lot. (http://hsbsurfrider.org/)

2014 Event Photos Provided by Surfrider Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter (Facebook Page - www.facebook.com/HBSBSurfriderFoundation):

 

Join us as we celebrate the Earth with a fun-filled and educational day at the beach!

 

 

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is one of AHMC’s Newest Partners!

by Adopt A Highway 18. March 2015 12:26

In 2014, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful celebrated 25 years of stewardship in Northern Nevada. KTMB is private nonprofit organization that is supported by individual and community donations that provide an alternative to litter and illegal dumping through community education and cleanup/beautification projects in the Truckee Meadows.

Started by the Biggest Little City Committee, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful was founded in 1989 as Western Nevada Clean Communities (WNCC). A clean community was one of the Committee’s major priorities, and they began the Adopt-A-Park program to involve citizens in hands-on volunteer activities to spruce up parks and the Truckee River. 

Based on the success of the Adopt-A-Park program, and realizing the entire community would benefit from a year-round focus on the issue of cleanliness, the Committee set about developing a new, separate organization affiliated with Keep America Beautiful and in January 1989, WNCC officially became the organization we know and love today: Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB).

Adopt-A-Park remains a key program, joined by Phone Book Recycling in 1991, the kick-off of the Nevada Keep it Clean Campaign in 1992, KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling in 1993, and Adopt-A-Spot roadside litter cleanup in 1994. In 1997, KTMB partnered with the City of Reno to develop a Graffiti Hotline, which later evolved into Reno Direct and the 329-DUMP illegal dumping hotline. A presentation for children developed first by The Trash Lady, Beth Isaef, morphed over the years into the Waste Warriors™ education program.

In 2014, KTMB celebrated 25 years of stewardship in Northern Nevada and are more dedicated than ever to creating a cleaner, more beautiful region through education and active community involvement. All of their programs are geared toward educating the public about the economic and health hazards of litter and illegal dumping; reducing our waste; eliminating trash from our parks, roadways and open spaces; making our community a beautiful and safe place to live; and giving opportunities for residents and businesses to take pride and ownership in their home.

KTMB MISSION

Dedicated to creating a cleaner, more beautiful region through education and active community involvement for 25 years

You can see why Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation (AHMC) is proud to work with such an amazing organization. Our mission and our views on litter cleanup and beautification projects are right in line with KTMB and we look forward to all that our future partnership will bring!

Stay tuned for KTMB events that you, your business, your friends and your families can get involved in. We’ll be posting live updates on our Facebook page and blog!

For more information about KTMB visit their website at http://ktmb.org.

 

Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation’s 2015 Operations Safety Forum

by Erin Marchesano 5. March 2015 13:46

What many people do not realize is that the core component of our business is actually litter removal.

Litter clean-up costs in the U.S. are an estimated $11.5 BILLION each year (Source: Keep America Beautiful). The Sponsor A Highway® Program has become a way for businesses and contractors to help each state offset some of the costs associated with litter removal across the country. Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation (AHMC) has partnered with state DOTs for over 25 years. Our work together has contributed to the removal of over 4.5 MILLION pounds of trash across the 22 states we do business in.

For each sign sponsored, a portion of the proceeds pay for AHMC crew members to clean up trash and debris along the 1-2 mile sponsored areas. In addition, all trash collected by AHMC crews is sorted at local recycling plants where it is then recycled, reduced, and reused, or properly disposed of if it cannot be recycled.

The program helps the environment, it helps the communities, and it helps the state. Sponsors of the program are looked highly upon by DOT partners for their monthly contributions and the Sponsor A Highway® Program continues to grow due to this partnered success. However,

NONE OF THIS

 would be possible if it weren’t for AHMC’s truly dedicated crew members and supervisors.

 

In fact, this has been a very special week for AHMC because we're hosting our annual “Operations Safety Forum”, one of the many required safety and training programs that AHMC conducts throughout the year. This event in particular is special because all 15 of our national supervisors have been joined together for two days of extensive safety training and development of fundamental safety skills set to prepare them and their crew members for the job ahead.

SAFETY, is something that cannot be neglected, ignored, mistreated, or conducted carelessly. This goes for supervisors, crew members, and even traveling motorists.

OUR Sponsor A Highway® crew members are the front of the line for the business. Not only are they the face of the company, but every single day they put their lives at risk to keep our roadways clean so that others can travel safely without the danger of trash or debris.

“Safety does not happen by accident.”

Our supervisors are trained carefully and comprehensively to administer strict safety routines and thorough program training that will keep their crew members SAFE. Nothing is more important than a human life, and that’s a belief that everyone at Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation stands by.

The cleanliness of our roadways will always be a cause that our Sponsors and DOT partners take very seriously, but none take it more seriously than the Sponsor A Highway® supervisors and crew members. Their dedication and hard work is what keeps this program alive.

“As dedicated supervisors we thank you with our deepest gratitude and appreciation for your commitment to keeping the lives of our crew members and the public we serve, safe.

You are truly a magnificent part of our company foundation and you deserve true recognition for all that you do! Thank you from all of us.”

– Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation

 

Memorable Safety Quotes by Some of Our Heroes:

Speaking with news anchor Katie Couric after the plane crash, Sullenberger said: “One way of looking at this might be that for 42 years, I've been making small, regular deposits in this bank of experience, education and training. And on January 15, the balance was sufficient so that I could make a very large withdrawal.” - Captain Chesley Sullenberger

“The way I describe this whole experience—and I haven’t had time to reflect on it sufficiently—is that everything I had done in my career had in some way been a preparation for that moment. There were probably some things that were more important than others or that applied more directly. But I felt like everything I’d done in some way contributed to the outcome” - Captain Chesley Sullenberger

"No one should have to sacrifice their life for their livelihood, because a nation built on the dignity of work must provide safe working conditions for its people." - Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez

“It’s better to lose one minute in life…than to lose life in a minute.”- Author Unknown

“Accidents, and particularly street and highway accidents, do not happen – they are caused.” -Ernest Greenwood US Representative NY 1951-1953

 

North Carolina Biannual Statewide Litter Sweep – April 18 to May 2, 2015

by Joshua Gensicke 27. February 2015 12:55

Are you looking to help keep North Carolina’s roadway clean and litter free?

It’s almost time for the North Carolina Litter Sweep sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The Litter Sweep is a program administered by the North Carolina Office of Beautification.

What is the Litter Sweep?

• The Litter Sweep is a program to help keep North Carolina’s roadside free of litter. The program designates twice a year two week windows where all of the state’s volunteers fan out across the state to help pick up litter and help keep the state’s highways free from litter.

• NCDOT maintenance crews devote one week of their time during each Litter Sweep to pick up litter and collect orange bags from the roadsides once the groups have completed their cleanups

• Volunteers can obtain supplies such as orange trash bags, gloves, and orange safety vests from their respective local NCDOT county maintenance office.

• Participants are eligible to receive a certificate of appreciation and may enter the Unusual Litter Contest for cash prizes offered through Keep North Carolina Beautiful.

When is the Litter Sweep for 2015?

The program as designated the last 2 weeks of April (April 18th to May 2nd) and the last two week of September (September 19th to October 3rd).

Want to help?

North Carolina has setup a litter sweep hotline to provide more information about the program (800) 331-5864.

 

Links:

North Carolina Department of Transportation Litter Sweep

( http://www.ncdot.gov/doh/Operations/dp_chief_eng/roadside/Beautification/littersweep/ )

 

Keep of North Carolina Beautiful

( http://keepncbeautiful.org/ )

 

**SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT** - Primrose Schools

by Adopt A Highway 26. February 2015 17:07

Primrose is an accredited private preschool that provides a premier educational child care experience. As The Leader in Educational Child Care®, they partner with parents to help children build the right foundation for future learning and life. Their goal is to help children have fun while building Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts®.

Their Vision:

To deliver the best and most trusted early childhood education and child care services for families across America.

 

Their Values:

• Integrity – Living with personal and professional honesty

• Fairness – Treating others with respect

• Social Responsibility – Giving without expecting

• Enthusiasm – Serving with passion

Primrose School at the Denver Tech Center’s sign was placed in the ground earlier this month and we’re happy to partner with a company that has such a great mission and values.

Welcome to the Colorado Sponsor A Highway Program!

 

For more information about Primrose Schools visit their website here: www.primroseschools.com

For more information about the Sponsor A Highway Program call 800-200-0003 or inquire via email at info@adoptahighway.com.

Kravet Inc. is Celebrating 10 Years of Sponsorship!

by Adopt A Highway 24. February 2015 13:55

Having joined the program in 2005, Kravet Inc. is celebrating its 10th year of sponsorship with the New York Sponsor A Highway® Program! Their sign which is located in Long Island, has helped with the cleanup of over 100 miles of roadway and the removal of more than 600 bags of trash! That’s more than 4,500 lbs of trash removed by AHMC crew members along the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway (NY 135).

Kravet Inc. was established in 1918, and is the industry leader to the trade home furnishings industry. This fifth generation family business distributes fabrics, furniture, wall coverings, trimmings, carpets and accessories all over the world.

The family’s commitment to innovation has helped the company transform from a small fabric house to a global leader, representing brands and designers from all over the world. Kravet Inc. owns Kravet, Lee Jofa, Groundworks and GP & J Baker, all high end fabric houses that specialize in style, luxury and exceptional design.

In 2011, Kravet Inc. acquired Brunschwig & Fils, a prestigious decorative house founded in 1900 that shares Kravet and Lee Jofa’s legacy of international design, commitment to quality, attention to detail and superb craftsmanship.

With locations in North America and worldwide, Kravet Inc. offers the highest level of customer service, quality products and web technology for today’s design professional.

If it weren’t for the commitment of sponsors like Kravet Inc., Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation and the Sponsor A Highway® Program, would not be nearly as successful as it has grown to be over the last ten years.

Thank you from everyone here at Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation for all that you do! We appreciate your partnership and look forward to the many years to come!

 

For more information on how you can become a sponsor, call 800-200-0003.

For more information about Kravet Inc. visit their website at www.kravet.com.

 

Nevada Sponsor A Highway Expands into Reno & Carson City

by Joshua Gensicke 17. February 2015 12:25

Adopt a Highway Maintenance Corporation is proud to announce a new Sponsor a Highway expansion within the Reno, Tahoe, Carson City, Sparks areas.  This program was recently re-launched by the Nevada Department of Transportation to give companies the opportunity to keep Truckee Meadows litter free.

Sponsor A Highway enables local companies to “sponsor” roadway segments for litter removal and in return, receive a recognition sign with their name and logo within the sponsored segment. These recognition signs are seen by thousands of daily commuters, visitors and local residents, which is a unique marketing opportunity for local area businesses.

 “Cracker Barrel employees have pride in their hometowns. We sponsor many miles of interstate and our guests tell us they appreciate our commitment to the community. This partnership extends our brand of hospitality beyond the rockers on our front porch.”

Mary Lancaster

Marketing Services Coordinator

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.

Locations are available on routes 395, 80, 580, 659, and 50. Additional roadways are always being considered so if you have interest in roadway not listed please contact us.

As part of the launch of this program, Adopt a Highway Maintenance Corporation is are offering the “BIGGEST LITTLE DEAL IN THE WORLD” for our first 10 sponsors:

2 Signs for $300/mo. (a 50% discount)

 

Georgia Sponsor A Highway® Expands to Athens!

by Joshua Gensicke 13. February 2015 15:40

Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation is proud to announce a new Sponsor a Highway Expansion in Athens, Georgia.  The Sponsor A Highway program was started in Georgia as a way for civic minded companies to help keep Georgia highways litter free.

“Athens is a great college town, full of civic minded people who care about the environment and support local businesses that demonstrate leadership through corporate responsibility.”                                                                                   

     Bill Elliott, National Director of Sales & Marketing

Adopt a Highway Maintenance Corporation

Sponsor A Highway enables local companies to “sponsor” roadway segments for litter removal and in exchange, that company receives a recognition sign with their name in the sponsored segment. These recognition signs are seen by thousands of daily commuters, visitors and local residents, which is a unique marketing opportunity for local area businesses.  Locations are available on routes throughout the Athens area for sponsorship on a first come first serve basis. 

In honor of this expansion, Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation is providing a special sign offer to the first ten sponsors who secure locations in Athens:

$500 OFF their first sign!

If your company is interested in locations, please click here (hyperlink to find a sign) to our “find a sign” site and see what locations are available. Availability is limited, so please give us a call and one of sponsorship experts can help find you the perfect spot!

 

**SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT** - OnDeck Capital, Inc.

by Adopt A Highway 3. February 2015 14:26

OnDeck was launched in 2007 to solve a major issue facing small businesses: financing. They combined their passion for Main Street with cutting-edge technology to evaluate businesses based on their actual performance, not personal credit.

That’s enabled them to say “yes” more often and faster than traditional lenders. And that lets owners spend their time where it should be—on growing their business, not seeking financing.

OnDeck’s Principals:

• They believe small businesses are the key to local economic success and deserve an easy and inspiring lending experience.

• They know time is money, and their products and services are designed to keep owners moving at the speed of business.

• They make sure that their loan costs and terms are transparent and understandable.

• They know that having someone to speak with about financing is important, so they have US-based Lending Specialists available to answer any questions.

OnDeck joined the Sponsor A Highway® Program in early 2015 and currently has 8 signs across four different states (New York City, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Texas).

Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation would like to welcome OnDeck to the Sponsor A Highway® Program. We’re excited to have you as a partner and look forward to working together to keep the communities clean. Those 8 signs are going to make a huge impact on the environment, while keeping the communities across those 4 states safe and looking beautiful.

 

For more information about OnDeck visit their website here: www.ondeck.com

For more information about the Sponsor A Highway® Program and how you can join, call 800-200-0003.

 

**Sponsor Spotlight** - JetBlue Airways

by Erin Marchesano 20. January 2015 15:45

Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation® would like to welcome JetBlue Airways to the New York Sponsor A Highway® Program! One of 2015’s newest sponsors, JetBlue Airways currently has two signs in and around the New York City area.

In a previous post from July of last year, AHMC highlighted a new partnership between JetBlue and the Surfrider Foundation where JetBlue would provide the Foundation with air travel to help support cleanups and conservation work throughout the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America.

To read the full article click here.

Partnerships like this are the reason we have a cleaner and safer environment around us and everyone here at AHMC is extremely excited and proud to have JetBlue on board and supporting the Sponsor A Highway® Program in New York City.

A huge advocate of environmental programs and corporate social responsibility, JetBlue is always looking for ways to better the lives of its customers, crewmembers, and communities while inspiring others to do that same.

Their new partnership with the Sponsor A Highway® Program is sure to bring awareness to the many benefits it has for sponsors and communities alike.

 For more information about JetBlue and their worldwide impact through Corporate Social Responsibility click the link below:

www.jetblue.com/corporate-social-responsibility

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