– Ginger Hardage, Retired Senior Vice President Culture and Communication for Southwest Airlines
More Than 500 Volunteers Came Out For The Trinity River Conservation Corps’ Corporate Day Of Service in 2017
Volunteers collected 8,000 pounds of trash, observed 69 different species
The Trinity River Conservation Corps’ Corporate Day of Service was held on April 7 and more than 500 volunteers helped clean up the Trinity River Corridor. In total, volunteers disposed of more than 8,000 pounds of trash and invasive species, planted 60 native plants in pollinator beds, and observed 69 different species during the “bio-blitz,” which captured inventory of the biodiversity in the area using an app.
The morning kicked off with a rally featuring the Trinity Park Conservancy Vice Chairman Garrett Boone, Southwest Airlines Communication and Outreach Managing Director Laurie Barnett, and Dallas Park and Recreation Urban Biologist Brett Johnson.
A special thank you to sponsors:
- Founding Sponsor: Southwest Airlines
- River Sponsor ($2,500): Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser P.C.
- Wetland Sponsor ($1,000): Cooper Aerobic Center, HDR Engineering, Inc.,
- Oaxaca Interest LLC, Tenet Healthcare
- Stream Sponsor ($500): Connectrac
- In-Kind Sponsors: Kroger, Starbucks, Groundwork Dallas, City of Dallas, Trinity Park Conservancy
- Media Sponsor: MySweetCharity
Other participating companies included Downtown Dallas Inc., Energy in Action, Gaylord Texas, Halff Associates, Hayden Consultants, Never Give Up Entertainment, Luminant, Muse Integration, Sendero Consulting, TIAA Serves, TXU Energy, and others.
The Trinity River Conservation Corps began in 2013 with a gift from Southwest Airlines to the Trinity Park Conservancy – formerly The Trinity Trust Foundation – to create a volunteer program in the Trinity
About the Trinity River Conservation Corps
The Trinity River Conservation Corps is a program to coordinate and manage annual volunteer events for the conservation and upkeep of the Trinity River Corridor and Great Trinity Forest. The Trinity Park Conservancy – formerly the Trinity Trust Foundation – works in partnership with Southwest Airlines, founding sponsor and official airline of the program, and City of Dallas to produces a series of events that include local companies, organizations, and individuals.
Creation of the Corps
In January 2013, Southwest Airlines, in partnership with now-named Trinity Park Conservancy and the City of Dallas, announced a three-year, $150,000 grant for the creation of the Trinity River Conservation Corps to clean and conserve Dallas’ Trinity River Corridor. This gift was publicly announced on April 26, 2013 at the Santa Fe Trestle Trail, were hundreds of Southwest Airlines volunteers cleaned and cleared the Cedar Creek Overlook, giving their time from the heart. The group helped restore this riparian area by planting 400 love (or LUV) grass plants and 100 native blooming and non blooming species provided by the Lewisville Aquatic Ecosystem Research Facility.
In 2014, the Trinity River Conservation Corps hosted its first Corporate Day of Service in the Trinity River Corridor, and we were pleased to welcome 15 local companies and over seventy-five participants who collected 1.5 tons of trash and invasive species and planted hundreds of native plants along the Trinity Skyline Trail. Due to repeated flooding in 2015, the Trinity River Conservation Corps deferred plans for the second annual Corporate Day of Service to the spring of 2016. In April of last year, more than 400 volunteers and 40 organizations came out to participate in the Corporate Day of Service.