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07 Oct, 2010

SMPS DC volunteers at DCBIA Community Improvement Day

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The 18th annual DC Building Industry Association (DCBIA) Community Improvement Day is clearly a worthwhile volunteer event! SMPS DC member Kate Erdy of KTA Group helped organize an SMPS DC team to beautify the heavily used Metropolitan Branch Trail near the Rhode Island Avenue/Brentwood Metro station in Washington.

Clad in green SMPS DC t-shirts that read “Connect. Engage. Create.”, Kate and a handful of members from a variety of A/E/C firms, were among 400 folks that helped clean and landscape the trail between Rhode Island Avenue and Franklin Street in Northeast that is frequented by walkers and bikers from all over the region.

As marketers, our building skills were a bit suspect, at least in relation to the contractors that were there. But we proved our mettle with expert weed pulling, trash pickup, and shoveling. We also helped install a corrugated metal retaining wall that was landscaped and now looks gorgeous to trail users and to the elevated Metro Red Line which runs parallel to the site.

We were very proud to represent SMPS DC at this volunteer event and were able to “get the word out” about SMPS and our mission. Many participants commented that it was cool to see staff from a number of firms get together under one banner to jump in and serve.

A special thanks to our volunteers Kate Erdy, Brian Reilly, Erin Staniech, and SMPS DC President Alison Carney!

Do look out for our next volunteer event and please consider joining us!

by: Brian Reilly SmithGroup

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