Below: There are more than one hundred neighborhood and regional parks in San Jose, California; many of which depend on community volunteerism to preserve and enhance their beautiful landscapes. On Saturday, July 30, 2016, a group from Nichols Research donated four hours of their morning (on an unusually hot Bay Area day!) to pruning, weeding and raking flowerbeds and deadheading roses at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden.
The garden (an area of more than five acres at Naglee and Dana Avenue just outside of downtown San Jose) was championed by early members of the Santa Clara Rose society. After six years of preparation, the original groundbreaking transpired on April 7, 1931.
Although not a part of the original objective, we kind of like being able to say we are officially dead-heads!
Below: A little “insider” view as we worked and played hard on July 1, 2016 during our quarterly alignment meeting at our San Francisco research facility.
Below: Nichols Research’s First Quarterly Community Event, March 19, 2016, at the National AIDS Memorial Grove at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
In October of 1996, through the passage of legislation, the National AIDS Memorial Grove Act of 1996 designated the Grove as this nation’s AIDS Memorial. This official designation is comparable to the status of that of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Mount Rushmore and the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor.
The Grove is a dedicated space in the national landscape where millions of Americans can gather to heal, hope and remember. Since 1991 (before its designation as a National Memorial), thousands of volunteers have donated more than 130,000 hours participating in monthly Community Volunteer Workdays.
It was and honor and privilege for Nichols Research to join more than 200 volunteers on the Centennial Community Volunteer Workday, which boasted the most volunteers on record in a single day.