Clarke, an environmentally responsible mosquito control company, just keeps giving to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center on multiple fronts.
Volunteers from the company have done several substantial and physically intensive projects at the park, but monetary donations have also been part of the equation. Fossil Rim was selected as a 2018 recipient for Clarke’s One For Tomorrow grant program, and that resulted in an Aug. 17 presentation of $19,570 at Fossil Rim.
“We see Fossil Rim as people with the same mission, vision and values held by our staff,” said Joel Fruendt, general manager of Clarke’s domestic unit. “With 165 full-time employees, we are trying to show that a medium-sized company can make a difference. We try to give back through our One For Tomorrow program. Three years ago, we asked ‘How can we make a difference?’
“We decided to give one percent of the revenue from our NextGen products and services to nonprofit environmental organizations who share our values and passion for the planet and global community. We are the leader in public health programs for mosquito and vector control worldwide. We have seven regions – both in and out of the U.S., so each of our employees can nominate an organization within their region for the grant.
“Fossil Rim was one of six organizations nominated in this region, and then one of seven overall winners. Through employee vote, I’m happy to say that Fossil Rim was the top vote-getter in this region. We are very proud of the work you do and glad you could let us be part of it.”
Fossil Rim Board Chair John Holden and Executive Director Kelley Snodgrass also spoke at the presentation.
“We look forward to continuing this partnership,” Holden said. “Jumping in with the hard (physical) work is a great commitment just like the donation, and we really appreciate it.”
Snodgrass mentioned how impressed Fossil Rim Lead Rhino Care Specialist, Justin Smith was at how hard the Clarke staffers worked at the most recent volunteer project.
“You all came out here to do some great (manual labor) volunteer projects, and we’ve been thoroughly impressed,” Snodgrass said. “We cherish partnerships with like-minded organizations like Clarke, and for that we thank you very much.”
Other 2018 One For Tomorrow grant recipients include Burrumbuttock Hay Runners (Australia), Operation Blessing (Honduras), Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park (Cayman Islands), Virginia Nature Conservancy, Wild Sheep Foundation (Montana), and Young At Heart Pet Rescue (Illinois).