Southern California beaches, bays, and lagoons sparkled brighter than usual Sept. 19 thanks to hundreds of our agents, managers, their families and friends. Our team of volunteers pitched in to make a difference on Coastal Cleanup Day, California’s single-largest volunteer event.
Teams were comprised of our San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara county offices. Together we combed through the sands and streets for three hours, hauling off hundreds of pounds of debris. Each person wore a custom-designed T-shirt emblazoned with “Giving back to the community” in white letters on a solid background of Cabernet.
“We formed a wall of volunteers from the street to the ocean in Huntington Beach,” said Mary Jespersen, Irvine office administrator. “It was like a sea of Cabernet marching across the sand. It really brought everyone together.”
“Our team loved it at the Santa Monica Pier,” said Karima Hawa, Beverly Hills office administrator. “They thought it was a great event, and can’t wait to do it again next year. We received a lot of thanks from people on the pier. Some even stopped their daily routines to help us out for a while.”
In San Diego, volunteers scoured the streets and alleys around Mission Beach, earning praise from local residents. One of the teams even found an old vacuum abandoned on a side street. According to I Love A Clean San Diego, this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day involved 7,500 San Diego volunteers and the removal of an estimated 150,000 pounds of trash and recyclables.
“Coastal Cleanup Day is just one more example of how our people really care about the communities they serve,” said David M. Cabot, President and CEO. “We are proud to have them represent our company not just along the coast, but also throughout our entire Southern California region.”