Archive by Category: Community Outreach

Preferred Materials Cooks Meal for Ronald McDonald House

Mar 31 2017

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Friday, March 31, 2017, the Preferred Materials West Florida Green Team ended their week by giving back to the community at the Ronald McDonald House located in St.Petersburg, FL. The team (and our President of Asphalt!) donated food and cooked a meal for the families staying at the location blocks away from the John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Green Team leader, Maria Perez, said “As you can see, this was a blessed day for the Ronald McDonald House. Its great to see how these small contributions brightened someone’s day”

Central Region Green Team Sponsors and competes at 5K

Mar 18 2017


The Central Region Green Team recently participated in the Rescue Run Corporate 5K in Sanford, FL. For the third consecutive year, they served as a Gold Sponsor benefiting the Rescue Outreach Mission which serves the local homeless population. Five employees and family members from PMI and CYD finished in the top 15 of their category.

Central FL Green Team Volunteers at Food Bank

Feb 24 2017

Second Harvest Food Bank

On Friday, February 24, 2017, members of the Central Region Green Team volunteered at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Downtown Orlando, FL.  The Green Team assembled pallets of food that will be converted into 4,500 family food boxes. 4,500 family food boxes is the equivalent of three full tractor trailer loads and all of that food will sustain families in need within the Orlando area.

The green team gathered volunteers who traveled from all over Central Florida to help the community! The group came not only from Orlando, but from as far away as Gainesville, Auburndale, Palm Bay, and Daytona.


Preferred Partners to Build Research Garden at a Georgia School

Oct 15 2016

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In October 2016, Preferred Materials partnered with the Richmond Hill Schools Field Studies Program to complete a 5,000 SF agricultural research garden on the Richmond Hill Middle School campus in Richmond Hill, GA. The garden consists of a 720 sq. ft. greenhouse, 44 framed, raised beds and container gardens. The crew from Preferred Materials constructed the raised beds and assembled the 44 boxes which extend the beds 6 in. above the ground. Preferred also brought in excavating equipment to dig down 12 in. into the gravel base and filled each box with 18 inches of topsoil.  This garden will allow students to conduct research on fertilizers, prevention and treatment of plant disease and infestation, and on which varieties of certain crops (e.g., tomato) are most successful in Georgia’s hot, humid climate.  Data and observations will be shared with community stakeholders to encourage families to grow some of their own produce in small, home gardens. The research garden also contains a number of native wildflower trial beds that will support the vegetable garden but are also part of a larger pollinator habitat restoration project.  Click here to read more about this project.

Preferred Donates School Supplies to Local Elementary Schools

Aug 9 2016

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From early July to August 5th, the West Florida Green Team at Preferred Materials held a school backpack/supply drive to help benefit two local schools in the Tampa Bay area right in time for the new school year. The team collected over 530 items and was able to help Sheehy Elementary (Hillsborough County) and Fuguitt Elementary (Pinellas County). Green Team Captain, Maria Perez, said “The school principals were so happy to see us! They didn’t have any backpacks and they were so appreciative. I can’t tell you how many times they thanked us”.