By Sarah S.

With Earth Day just past. I thought it would be fun to talk about one of my favorite volunteer opportunities that American Profit Recovery offers. It is nice being able to spend a day outside with my other team members working together to make one of our State Parks in Michigan beautiful, especially after all the winter blues!  From building picnic tables, cleaning up leaves, pulling weeds and planting new flowers we definitely get stuff done! 

For the past few years we have gone to Island Lake Recreation Area in Brighton, Michigan. We split the day in half between everyone that volunteers which works out well so we aren’t taking any time away from helping out our clients and consumers. One shift goes in the morning and comes back about halfway through the day to relieve the next shift go over and finish up the day. There are two reasons that I love doing this day so much.

First you get to spend time with all your team members outside your department. I like getting to know them developing relationships with them. When working in the office just a “Good Morning” or a smile as we pass can sometimes be all that happens when working the day to day grind. Having this opportunity breaks things up helps you get to know your team members in another way. Which isn’t offered at places that I have worked in the past.

Second who doesn’t like to be outside on a warm sunny day?! Also seeing the final product when we are done is always rewarding. In my free time I love being outside cleaning up my own yard, spending a day a State park or out on the lake. So being able to say “APR and I made that State Park look pretty” as we pull in or drive by always makes me feel proud. With me being a lover of the outdoors being able to help get things cleaned up and keep our state great is always a nice way to give back.

Looking forward to going this year as well and many more years to come!