Archive by Category: Community Outreach

Preferred Prepares Meal for Sulzbacher Center

Mar 31 2017

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For the second year in a row, the North Florida Green Team volunteered at the Sulzbacher Center for the homeless. The Sulzbacher Center provides shelter, food, health care, and education for homeless men, women, and children in Jacksonville, Florida. The team prepared and served lunch on March 9th to approximately 300 homeless people

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”

Preferred Participates in Construction Career Days

Mar 28 2017

17498497_1840648029507634_7365662491778203195_nPreferred Materials was proud to have participated in the Northeast Florida Construction Career Days program in Jacksonville, FL in March! The team sponsored a workshop to teach junior and senior high school students about how Asphalt is made and the many opportunities of working in the construction industry.

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.