They’ve been asking about it since we started the program 3 years ago, and in 2016 we were finally able to put together a project for our Corporate Office employees to participate in Weidner Cares! It was a very nice and sunny Thursday in the Pacific Northwest, and we found ourselves outside enjoying the slight breeze coming off Lake Washington as we partnered with two different organizations located within a few blocks of the corporate office.
The city of Kirkland Parks and Recreation department is responsible for all of the common areas within the city limits, and we were able to work with them at Juanita Beach Park. Roughly 25 of your corporate team members worked with Park Supervisor Dave Johnson to spread mulch, remove invasive species, and weed a significant number of the planter beds at the facility. Because this open space is located on the shores of Lake Washington, the city of Kirkland has been experimenting with using nonchemical means of weed eradication, and Weidner was particularly interested in helping the city out with this effort in order to protect the shoreline and the many birds and fish that thrive in this area.
Because of the size of our group, we ended up splitting the team up, and were fortunate to have some past history with the Gardens at Juanita Bay, a senior community serving the needs of residents 65 and over. The list of projects we completed was extensive, ranging from pressure washing the acres of parking lots at the property, to cleaning and repairing the gutters and roofs on two of the buildings, to reinforcing an arbor and some raised planter beds. In addition, there was a tremendous amount of weeding, pruning, painting, staining, and spreading of bark that happened that day. (Yes – we have some technical skill at the Corporate Office)!
This nonprofit organization was founded in 1925 to serve the needs of aging seniors of German descent in the Puget Sound area. However, they’ve evolved from that singular focus and moved to their present location in 1977. They now serve all seniors regardless of their ability to pay and offer Independent living arrangements as well as Assisted living options to meet the needs of their residents.