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**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

Top 10 Reasons to Sponsor A Highway! (INFOGRAPHIC)

by Erin Marchesano 8. January 2015 14:30

We're kicking off the New Year with the Top 10 Reasons to Sponsor A Highway!

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For more information about the Sponsor A Highway® Program call or email us today!

800-200-0003

info@adoptahighway.com

2011 - 2014 Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation® Environmental Impact (INFOGRAPHIC)

by Erin Marchesano 31. December 2014 11:02

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Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation® Wishes You A Happy & Prosperous New Year!

by Erin Marchesano 31. December 2014 08:54

As 2014 comes to a close and 2015 is in our sights, everyone at AHMC would like to thank our Sponsors, our crew members and supervisors, and all of our partnering DOTs for contributing to the success of the Sponsor A Highway® Program.

On behalf of our Sponsors, AHMC crews have made a monumental impact over the years, removing millions of pounds of trash and cleaning hundreds of thousands of miles of roadway. From 2011 – 2014, AHMC crew members filled more than 540,000 bags of litter, cleaned over 159,000 miles of roadway, and collected over 4.8 MILLION pounds of trash from some of America’s busiest roadways.

Year

Miles Cleaned

Bags Removed

Lbs. Removed

2011

36,152

131,251

1,181,259

2012

39,985

147,434

1,326,906

2013

41,340

131,827

1,186,443

2014

41,841

130,247

1,172,223

Total

159,317

540,759

4,866,831

The environmental impact made by AHMC crews, AHMC Sponsors, & state DOTs is unparalleled, and the effectiveness of the program over the years has truly set the tone for the many years to come.

2015 is looking very bright for the Sponsor A Highway® Program thanks to the many people who have been involved.

THANK YOU & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We look forward to another year working with you!

 

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10 Great Tips for Small Businesses As They Venture Into the New Year! (Infographic)

by Erin Marchesano 29. December 2014 16:00

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10 Great Tips for Small Businesses As They Venture Into the New Year!

by Erin Marchesano 22. December 2014 15:58

In a recent article published by Huff Post, the author Melinda Emerson goes through 10, very well thought out pieces of advice for small businesses as they venture into the New Year. Being that Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation® is also a small business, many of these tips applied to us as well and we wanted to share!

As many business professionals know, planning for the upcoming year begins long before January 1 and these tips are a great way to get started!

1. Revisit Your Business Plan

If it has been a while since you examined this critical document, now's the time to get to it. Review it to ensure it's still aligned with your current company goals. Change what needs changing. And if you never had one, use www.enloop.com to develop one online for free.

2. Set Your Business Resolutions

New Year's resolutions are not all about losing weight. It is beneficial to lay out what you want for your business in the coming 12 months. Be specific, so you can actually measure results and see whether you accomplished them by year's end.

3. Build a Promotions Calendar

Sit down with a calendar and start looking at all the holidays or events you want to build promotions around. This will give you ample time to plan your social media updates, blog posts, advertising campaigns, etc.

4. Consider Your Hiring Needs

If your business is getting increasingly too busy for you to run with a skeleton crew, start planning your hiring strategy for 2015. Consider temps, freelancers, virtual assistants, and part-timers as alternatives to full-time employees if your budget is tight.

5. Invest in Technology

If you've been putting off that computer or software purchase, now's the time to go ahead with it. You'll be more efficient, if you have a computer that doesn't take an hour to load. Also, if you want to reduce your taxable income, you need to spend money before 2014 rolls away.

6. Create a Conference Plan

Attending conferences and industry trade shows can be so beneficial for you as a business owner. Not only can you meet others in your field (or potential customers) but you also learn from leading experts. Do some digging to see what's available to attend in 2015, and put them on your calendar.

7. Reassess Your Online Brand

Google yourself! Is it time for a new headshot or website refresh? What worked for you in terms of marketing this year? This is a great time to tweak your online strategy so that you identify the tools that helped your business grow, and cut back on those that don't.

8. Get Organized

If you're like a lot of business owners, your desk is cluttered, and so is your desktop. Spend a few hours throwing away and shredding things you don't need and organizing your computer files by year, i.e. Contracts 2015. It will make things easier to find. I guarantee you'll feel more together come January.

9. Refresh Your Employees' Skills

If you do have staff, now's a fantastic time to offer supplementary training to refresh their skills or give them new ones. Maybe they're not all using your customer relationship management software. That's the perfect topic for training.

10. Get Smarter

Your employees aren't the only ones who could learn more. If the end of the year is quiet for you, build in reading time. Read industry blogs, books, magazines, and anything else you can get your hands on to be on top of the trends in your industry.

To read the full article, follow the link here.

**Sponsor Spotlight** - Goya Foods

by Adopt A Highway 11. December 2014 10:01

Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation® is proud to announce that Goya Foods is the newest Sponsor in New Jersey!

Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company and the premier source for authentic Latin cuisine. Combined with authentic ingredients, robust seasonings and convenient preparation, Goya provides consumers with over 2,200 high-quality and affordable food products from the Caribbean, Mexico, Spain, Central and South America.

Goya has fostered a longstanding history not only in the food industry, but also as a cultural symbol beginning in New York more than 78 years ago. The company’s commitment to excellence is the cornerstone of Goya’s popular credo, “If it’s Goya, it has to be good”. The result of this simple, yet deeply resonant pledge is the evolution of Goya Foods as a leader in the Latin American food industry and a trusted American brand.

The history and story of Goya is as much about the importance of family and values as it is about achieving the American dream and helping to cultivate the Latin culture in the United States. In 1936, Don Prudencio Unanue and his wife Carolina, immigrants who first migrated to Puerto Rico from Spain, started Goya in a small storefront on Duane Street in Lower Manhattan. Driven by the belief that there was a growing consumer market for high-quality, fresh-tasting, Latin foods, the Unanues catered to local Hispanic families by distributing authentic Spanish products including olives, olive oil and sardines.

As the Hispanic population grew in New York and throughout the United States, Goya’s product line and facilities expanded as well. The company relocated from Lower Manhattan to Brooklyn in 1958, until it established its current headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey in 1974. In 2014, Goya announced a $250,000 million global expansion of four new state of the art manufacturing and distribution centers in Texas, California, Georgia and New Jersey to meet the consumer demands of healthy Goya products. In total, the company now boasts 16 facilities throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Spain, employs over 4,000 worldwide, and produces and distributes over 2,200 products including condiments, pantry items, beverages, canned and frozen, as well as a vast assortment of low sodium, gluten-free, organic, and kosher foods.

To further its consumer reach, Goya has revamped and expanded its online presence including the launch of interactive social media campaigns through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube. While sharing great-tasting, authentic Latin recipes for family home cooking, Goya strives to personalize the consumer experience as well as educate Hispanics and non-Hispanics alike to the diversity of Latin American cuisine and cooking techniques. Visitors to Goya on-line are encouraged to become part of La Gran Familia Goya by receiving Goya e-News, a quarterly electronic newsletter full of timely recipes, new product announcements and fun prizes. The Goya eStore makes a variety of Caribbean, Mexican, South and Central American products including rice, beans, olives and a variety of condiments available to consumers online within mainland United States.

Intent on preserving its rich cultural heritage, Goya celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2011, a milestone achievement that was recognized through a national, yearlong celebration while launching new company campaigns and initiatives. During Hispanic Heritage Month, President Barack Obama honored Goya for its continued success and commitment to the Hispanic community, the only company to ever be honored by The President. The following year, Goya collaborated with First Lady Michelle Obama and the USDA to launch MyPlate/ MiPlato campaign, a national health initiative to help educate Americans on how to eat healthy.

In addition, Goya Foods has been a proud supporter of programs, scholarships and activities that benefit families and children throughout the world. Each year, Goya actively engages with social, civic and local food banks on charitable endeavors that promote and sustain community wellness and the advancement of the Hispanic culture. The company has also taken the lead in numerous disaster relief efforts, providing food donations in times of crisis and consistently working with local charities and non-profits to assist those less fortunate. Over the years, Goya has donated millions of pounds of food to victims of various disasters and charities worldwide including Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Isaac and Irene, the earthquake in Haiti, The United Way, Maestro Cares, and City Harvest.

Goya Foods remains firm in its goal of being the brand of choice for authentic Latin cuisine while retaining its family-oriented approach to its consumers and its roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities throughout the world.

For more information, please visit Goya.com

 

Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation attends AASHTO…

by Erin Marchesano 17. November 2014 15:34

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation, (AASHTO) founded in December 1914, will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary in Charlotte, North Carolina, November 20th – November 24th.  (AASHTO) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments within the 50 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Its members include all five transportation modes: air, highways, public transportation, rail and water.

We at Adopt a Highway Maintenance Corporation (AHMC) will be exhibiting at this 100th celebration of transportation and its agencies.

If your agency is looking for creative ways to find additional resources or revenue, we welcome you to stop by our Booth # 407 to learn more about our Sponsorship Programs.  

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**Sponsor Spotlight** - EagleStone Tax & Wealth Management

by Erin Marchesano 14. November 2014 11:55

EagleStone Tax & Wealth Management recently had their second sign installed in Maryland and we want to recognize them for their involvement in the Maryland Sponsor A Highway® Program!

EagleStone’s Mission has always been to provide its clients with peace of mind by helping them to achieve their financial goals through customized strategies while aligning themselves with their client’s best interests.

The company’s core values include Independence, Stewardship, Excellence, and Trust & Integrity. In today’s fast-paced world, we must be flexible enough to adapt with the winds of change. These core values are constant and guide EagleStone in their approach to business, their interactions with others, and in their pursuit to achieve their company mission.

For more information about EagleStone Tax & Wealth Advisors visit their website here.

 

101 Ways to Thank A Veteran – Veteran’s Day 2014

by Erin Marchesano 11. November 2014 09:29

1. Take a Veteran out to eat; whether it is a fast-food chain or a fine-dining establishment.

2. Are you a knitter or crocheter? Make a scarf for the cold-winters ahead. Donate them at a local-VFW for a veteran in need or contact Operation Gratitude to see how to donate.

3. Listen to their stories with interest. If they are a war-veteran they have seen things you will never see. Listen and Learn.

4. Call and Visit a local nursing home or VA Hospital. Find out what you can do to help. If you quilt make a blanket for a needy veteran. If you bake call and find out if you can bring in something special. Bring a book to read to a veteran "ready and willing" to listen. We all have talents that can be used.

5. Send an 'E-Card' through the American Legion to the Veterans in your life that use email.

6. Support a Military Family through Operation Homefront. Watch their website for 'current needs':  http://www.operationhomefront.net/need/list

7. Military-member at the same restaurant as you? Send them a drink or pay for their dessert.

8. Do you have a website? Make a page dedicated to our military. Need some help finding content for it?

9. Do you bake? Make an Apple Pie or another specialty and bring it over to a neighbor-veteran. Don't forget to grab a box of ice cream to take. Now I'm hungry!

10. Employers: Host a special luncheon for all of your veterans. Recognize their service to your company and your country.

11. See a veterans group selling poppy flowers?  Purchase and wear one. Proceeds made from these sales many times go to disabled, needy, and aging veterans in VA hospitals, State veterans homes and domiciliary across the country.

12. Call them. A grandparent, uncle, aunt, mother, father. Take the time to call them, especially if they live far away, and find out how they are doing.

13. Send a note to your local school to urge the teachers to discuss Veterans Day. Visit Veterans' Day Teacher Resource Guide for some tips.

14. Recognize the Veterans in church on the Sunday before or after Veterans Day

15. Did you know November is also Military Family Month? By thanking the family, you thank the Veteran. Family Matters Blog: Nation Celebrates Military Family Month

16. Nearly 40 percent of our veteran population is 65 or older, give a veteran your phone number and ask them to call if they need help around the house. Make a note to call them this winter to see what they need.

17. Have your children paint a picture or write a letter. Send it to your grandparent, parent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, any relative that is a Veteran.

18. Teach your children a patriotic song, like America the Beautiful or the Star Spangled Banner. Instill patriotism early.

19. Employers: Give the veterans in your company a paid afternoon off on Veterans Day.

20. Offer a Military Discount year round and include veterans. Don't forget a Military Discount equals a free ad on MilitaryAvenue.com. Find out more: Why is a Military Discount Valuable for a Marketing Strategy

21. Teachers: Invite a Veteran to speak at your school, in a class room or to the entire school.

22. Pray for them and their families, every day.

23. Start a Drive: Ask local businesses to participate in a drive for local veterans or deployed service-members.  (Not sure how to send items overseas?  Learn more at Give2TheTroops)

24. Know a military family with a deployed member? Take them a treat on Veterans Day as a thank you and ask what you can do to make things easier

25. Do you scrapbook? Make cards through the organization "Operation Write Home". They send them to the troops so that they troops can write letters home on them

26. Clean out your closets and contribute gently used household goods to Vietnam Veterans of America.

27. Do a random act of kindness for a vet or their family. Remain anonymous.

28. Say something to them on Facebook, Twitter, etc thanking them for their service

29. Open up your house on Thanksgiving or another holiday to a few veterans (active-duty or prior-service) that don't have any family in the area. Make it a holiday none of you will forget.

30. Visit Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam Veterans Wall, or any of the other War Memorials on your next trip to DC.  (The Vietnam Wall and Future Generations)

31. Volunteer at a VA Medical Center

32. Help a deployed single-service member by taking care of their pet while they are gone; get involved with a pet foster care program.

33. Invite a few vets and friends over on Veterans Day and celebrate their service over beer or soda, a football game, movie or game of pool in the basement.

34. Participate in the 'Thank a Veteran at Work' program from the History Channel.

35. Did a veteran in your neighborhood just come back from a deployment? Send them a card of 'Thanks'.

36. Tell your Veterans friends and family about MilitaryAvenue.com. They can find businesses in their area that recognize veterans year round with Military Discounts.

37. Talk to your children about the pride we have in the Military

38. Help a Veteran family-member or neighbor get to their medical appointments.

39. Visit your local USO. What do they need? A monetary donation or a gift of your time?

40. Fly your flag 365 days of the year. Don't forget to lower it when appropriate.

41. Teachers: Have your students write short articles of how veterans are honored around the world. And if you know any veterans locally, propose that your kids interview them about what it's like to serve in the U.S. military.

42. Participate in the 'Veterans History Project'

43. Are you a military-brat? Talk to your parents about the pride you have in their service

44. Hear the National Anthem playing? Stop what you are doing and think about the sacrifices of our US Military.

45. Wear an American flag on your clothing. It's a small way to say, "I am proud of my country."

46. Introduce your children to VA Kids, from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

47. Have a pot-luck, at church or a banquet hall, for a group of local veterans. Invite the community to participate.

48. Listen to them. Some just want to share a story from their service

49. Vote. Don't let them sacrifice for naught. Be a good citizen and do your part to protect the freedoms our service-people have fought and died for.

50. Dedicate a patriotic song in a veteran's honor on the radio.

51. Tell your children all about your Veteran-grandparents. What made them special and what they did as a Veteran. Pass on a legacy.

52. Do you see a Veteran with a service related ball cap on?  Use it to strike up a conversation about their service.

53. Pass out small flags around your neighborhood in honor of Veterans Day.

54. Support the children of deployed National Guard and Reserve soldiers. Fund raise or contribute to 'Our Military Kids'

55. What can you do for our Homeless Veterans?  Organizations like the Home Depot Foundation, Volunteers of America, and The Mission Continues are great groups that you can help with.  (Here is an excellent example: Motown has a new Veterans Homeless Facility and Park)

56. Give them a big smile as you walk by, sometimes that is all that is needed.

57. If you see a veteran with an old flag on their pole leave them a new one, with a note of thanks for their service.

58. Visit a veteran's grave. Even if you simply stand there for a moment of quiet reflection, you're honoring their service--and you're rededicating yourself to the freedoms we enjoy as a citizen of this country.

59. Find out which businesses in your community truly support veterans and the troops; become their customer, and tell them you appreciate their support to veterans.

60. Do you know the mom or dad of a veteran? Thank them for raising one of America's Heroes.

61. Ask your local VFW, American Legion or local Veterans Group if you can make a donation, either by money or donation of your time. If you have a family member that serves in the armed forces you could make a donation in their honor.

62. In the market to hire? Seriously consider a Veteran. http://www.dol.gov/vets/

63. Meditate on these words: "O Lord God of hosts, stretch forth, we pray, your almighty army to strengthen and protect the Soldiers of our country. Support them in the day of battle, and in the time of rest and training keep them safe from all evil. Endue them with courage and loyalty; and grant that in all things they may serve without reproach; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen" - From the Book of Worship for United States Forces

64. Proudly display a "I support the troops" magnet on the bumper of your car

65. Order a shnazzy t-shirt or perhaps a tie that shows your thankfulness. Have one sent to a veteran in your family.

66. Read 101 Ways to Say Thank you to a Military Spouse. Thanking the Spouse is a Thank You to the Veteran.

67. During a family reunion recognize the veterans in your family. A special toast or a big family "Thank you!"

68. Find out how you can help with a Community Service Project through your local VFW.

69. Organize a group (boys scouts, girl scouts, classroom) to write letters to veterans. Bring the letters and cards to a local nursing home to be delivered to their vets.

70. Greet them on their special day with a smile and a thank you.

71. Support our troops this holiday season via 'Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes' program. Find out more here.

72. Read some of the veterans' stories at DAV Charitable Service Trust. This is just a small sample of the sacrifices our service-members have made for us throughout the generations.

73. Is it still warm where you live? Treat a veteran to a round of golf on Veterans Day or the weekend before or after.

74. Attend a local parade or ceremony on Veterans Day

75. Make a tax-deductible donation to 'Books For Soldiers'. They send books and other care-packages to our deployed service-members.

76. Help a veteran with projects around his or her house. Patching a leaky roof, moving heavy rocks or rearranging the living room furniture is easier for the 20-somethings than a 60-somethings.

77. Make a lunch date: Take your veteran-colleague out for lunch.

78. Learn more about resources available to our homeless veterans.  Here is one great example: "It Was A Wet, Cold Day and the Homeless Veterans Came to the Stand Down"

79. Remember Veterans during other holidays, especially those without family. Send a Thanksgiving card, Christmas card or Valentines card, to either a Vet that you know or through a VA Hospital or VFW.

80. Learn to say Thank You in sign-language. The Gratitude Campaign.

81. Take pride in our history, in times of war and peace. Do you know the history of Veterans Day?  Do you know what a Veteran is?

82. Ask your company to display a flag with lights at night.  Offter to help with raising and lowering the flag.

83. Offer to take a veterans dog for a walk. Invite them to come along with you if they can.

84. Know a veteran's hobby? Send them a subscription to a related magazine.

85. Offer to babysit for a veteran-military family. Let the husband and wife get out together on Veterans Day or over the weekend. Perhaps it will be a great opportunity for them to reconnect after a deployment.  (Active Duty Families have you heard of SitterCity?  The DoD offers a free membership for you.)

86. Contribute your time, talent or money to Fisher House™ Foundation, "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers.

87. Get involved and send a service-person a care package. Go to http://www.soldiersangels.org/ for a list of organizations with projects to support servicemen and servicewomen and their families.

88. Donate your airline mileage to the Hero Miles program.

89. Business Owners: What kind of Veterans Day special are you having for your Veterans? Is it from the heart?

90. If you meet a veteran on this Veteran's Day, or any day, just say thanks. They served you, and this nation, well.

91. Learn more about 'Honor Flight Network' and how you can help with this wonderful support for World War II Veterans. I have a close friend whose dad is a WW II Vet and participated in a trip to DC through Honor Flight. Karen tells me it was an /amazing/ and indescribable experience for her dad. Definitely an opportunity that I stand behind! But it can't continue without volunteers /like you/.

92. Visit Homes for Our Troops and learn if there are plans to build a home for in your area for a disabled Veteran. You can help with fundraising, skilled labor, or a contribution through the CFC.

93. Own a business? Hang a sign and invite all veterans in for something free. A cup of coffee, a flower, a massage. Something you can give from your inventory to show your gratitude.

94. Donate to or volunteer for a service-dog training program like Patriot PAWS Service Dogs or VetDogs that is geared for injured-veterans returning from war.

95. Another related idea, learn the etiquette of being around an assistance-dog so that if you meet a disabled vet and his companion you know how to treat them both with respect

96. Create a tribute to a veteran that you want to honor at USAA's Wall of Honor.

97. Participate in "school drives" or start your own school drive for our deployed-troops or veterans. If your child brings home a flier or announcement from the school or PTA requesting donations for the troops participate. Pick up a few things for your child to bring in. She'll feel good about participating and you will feel good for helping our deserving military-members.

98. What various military support organizations are in your own neighborhood? The VFW and the American Legion are two great examples.

99. The USO serves thousands of Thanksgiving meals each year to deployed-troops.  You can help with a financial contribution of as little of $5.

100. Combat-related stress and traumatic brain injury is real.  Veterans of World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and so many other conflicts still have symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and need our help.  Educate yourself, support programs like the Home Base Program,  and learn how you can help the veterans in your family and community.

101. To truly honor our veterans make the best of the opportunity the sacrifices of our fighting men and women have provided. Love your country with passion, and do what you can to make it a better place.

 

THANK YOU to those who have served our country. The fight to protect our freedom has not gone unnoticed and we HONOR YOU... this day, and every day.

 

 

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