Local Facility Manager’s give back | June 28, 2015
Bartram Gardens is the home to the famous horticultural collections of John Bartram (1699-1777). This site remains one of Philadelphia’s most favorite urban garden, sequestered just outside of West Philadelphia, boasting a clear view of the city skyline. The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of IFMA (International Facility Managers Association) selected this worthy community gem as this year’s recipient of a day of philanthropy in honor of World FM Day.
Association volunteers met with Bartram Garden experts for a day of community service on June 24, 2015. Facility managers and industry experts teamed Bartram Gardens’ volunteers to focus its efforts on the beautification of the new entranceway into the site. Overgrown in mugwort weeds, the hard working volunteers were tasked with pulling weeds from its root, a tedious job at best. By mid-day the project was new completion.
After lunch, provided by annual lunch sponsors Qube Global Software, the afternoon project required heavy lifting moving kayaks from one location to another. In preparation for a pending event, kayaks were hoisted along a pathway strewn with rocks. Despite the warm temperatures of the day, Philadelphia IFMA members made a difference to this incredible educational and preservation center.
In prior years, IFMA has been assisting such worthy organizations as: Philabundance (packaging and storing food supplies); the Riverbend Environmental Center (restoring playgrounds and community gardens); and Achieveability (renovating otherwise uninhabitable apartment homes for the otherwise homeless).
“Each year, IFMA chooses a project where we can make a difference, keeping in mind the diverse interests of its volunteers. It’s been an honor to spend the day doing such rewarding work,” stated Britany Wright, Marketing Coordinator for Qube Global Software. “I can’t wait to see what we come up with for next year!”