EBSCO Research partnered up with Hands On Atlanta and 11Alive last Saturday, October 27th, to join millions of other volunteers around the world on Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. To chip in and do our part, we got our hands dirty at Blue Heron Nature Preserve, a 25-acre natural wilderness along Nancy Creek in Atlanta. The local community has been working hard to support the preservation and restoration of the preserve’s local green space, wetland habitats, and stream banks. The EBSCO Research team performed tasks such as trail building, trash cleanup, limb and vine removal, mulch spreading, and more. “When deciding how to give back to the community, we felt that it was important to pick a project in our own backyard,” says Alan Pierce, an EBSCO Research marketing coordinator who organized the project. “Aiding in the maintenance and protection of one of Atlanta’s nature preserves was a great opportunity, and we all had a lot of fun with a very positive cause.” By investing in the community, all the volunteers at Blue Heron helped the preserve get much closer to its ultimate goal: to provide a safe place for children to learn more about nature, a walking trail, a vegetable garden for Atlanta’s homeless, and a place of natural beauty for the local environment.

Thank you to everyone who was able to volunteer on Make A Difference Day. Just as we made a difference in our community, your kindness and time have indeed made a difference in your own communities!