Grace Adams, Executive Director
Bolsa Chica Conservancy
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF. (April 14, 2015) –The partnership between the Boeing Company and the Bolsa Chica Conservancy was recognized at OneOC’s Spirit of Volunteerism Awards today at the Disneyland Hotel before a crowd of 1,100 attendees. The partnership was named winner of the 2015 Giving is Living award, which recognizes an outstanding nonprofit/corporate partnership that exemplifies how collaborative volunteer work improves the community. In conjunction with OneOC’s Spirit of Volunteerism Awards program, the Giving is Living award celebrates the work of organizations and companies that participate in outstanding community volunteerism. Also during the event, three of the Conservancy’s top volunteers, Mark Gaughan, Ross Griswold, and Donna Starr were named among the top volunteers, the “Shining Stars,” in Orange County.
“Since the Bolsa Chica Conservancy opened its doors in 1990, Boeing has been a committed supporter and partner,” said Frank Dela Vara, Conservancy chairman of the board. “It is through partnerships like the one we have with Boeing that make it possible for organizations like the Conservancy to carry out our mission effectively. We are honored to receive this recognition as we celebrate our 25th year anniversary.”
“Boeing values investments in environmental awareness, community engagement and social responsibility,” said Tamika Lang, Western region manager, Global Corporate Citizenship, Boeing. “We’re proud to put these values to work with Bolsa Chica Conservancy through STEM-based education and hands-on restoration, as part of our global effort for a more sustainable environment.”
“For the last 26 years, OneOC’s Giving is Living award has served as our community’s highest honor that recognizes outstanding partnerships between nonprofit organizations and companies,” said Daniel J. McQuaid, OneOC’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud this year to present our Giving is Living Award to the Bolsa Chica Conservancy and Boeing at our 39th annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards. At the event, more than 1,000 other community members will celebrate this collaboration and its contributions to Orange County.”
Over the span of 25 years, 1,600 employees from Boeing have dedicated over 5,000 hours of volunteer time to support the Conservancy’s education and restoration initiatives, which equates to nearly $150,000 of value to the Bolsa Chica community. These Service Days have included projects like trash clean-ups, hands-on invasive plant removal, and native plant restoration. Boeing volunteers have helped to restore over 100 acres of Bolsa Chica habitat for threatened species.
In addition to hands-on volunteer work, Boeing supports the Bolsa Chica Conservancy through generous giving and education/technical support. Boeing employees, retired and current, have been engaged in actively supporting the Conservancy’s education programs, leading tours and field activities to teach school-age children STEM-based disciplines focused on hands-on wetland science, marine ecology and environmental conservation. Collectively, they have helped educate more than 25,000 students from Southern California through the Bolsa Chica Conservancy.
In the past, the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California has offered Bolsa Chica Conservancy two Crystal Vision Awards Grants to advance the Conservancy’s hands-on science education and youth leadership programs. These programs engage middle and high school students to become active participants in the community and environment, focusing on cultivating youth leaders by providing them with skills that help motivate others to protect coastal resources.
Boeing’s investment and active participation helps to carry out Bolsa Chica Conservancy’s mission to provide environmental services and promote sustainability through community restoration work, leadership and education.
ABOUT THE BOLSA CHICA CONSERVANCY
The Bolsa Chica Conservancy, located in Huntington Beach, California, is a private non-profit organization established in 1990 to advocate education and public awareness, restoration and preservation of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. Its principal mission is to inspire all generations through community involvement, leadership, and hands-on science education on coastal resources, watersheds, and wetland science. For more information on the Bolsa Chica Conservancy, visit www.bolsachica.org.
ABOUT BOEING’S GLOBAL CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP
Through its Global Corporate Citizenship organization, Boeing builds better communities worldwide by giving time, funding, and expertise to improve access to globally competitive learning and skills development, foster creativity, sustain the environment, and improve civic engagement. In 2013, a total of $176 million from The Boeing Company and its employees went to help improve communities across the globe. Visit the Boeing Corporate Citizenship Report for more information.
ABOUT THE EMPLOYEES COMMUNITY FUND OF BOEING CALIFORNIA
The Employees Community Fund (ECF) of Boeing California is an employee-owned and operated nonprofit organization that allows employees to support the needs of their local communities through tax-deductible recurring payroll deductions or one-time gifts. One-hundred percent of the dollars contributed are returned to areas where contributors live and work. More than 350 nonprofit organizations benefit from the average $2.1 million in employee contributions each year.