Opus Gives Back
Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.
— Marian Wright Edelman
Opus is committed to improving the communities in which we live and work. We actively support organizations that cultivate meaningful opportunities for civic engagement by our employees and members of the community. We believe that community service is not only the right thing to do, it makes us stronger as a team and more proud to be Opus employees.
Every year, Opus volunteers perform many hours of work on community service projects. Listed below are just a few of the projects we’ve accomplished.
The Branchburg office joined America's Grow-a-Row for the second year in a row at their farm in Pittstown, NJ, and helped thin peach trees!
How do you thin a peach tree, you ask? When branches are overloaded with peaches, they are thinned by removing the peaches that are growing too close together.
Why are they thinned? Overloaded branches will sap the tree’s resources and weaken it, making it more susceptible to disease. Also, the peaches on an overloaded branch are small and rock hard because each fruit receives a smaller share of nutrients. Thinning the tree actually improves the quality and size of its peaches.
America’s Grow-a-Row mission is to positively impact as many lives as possible through a volunteer effort of planting, picking, rescuing, and delivering free fresh produce.
Thirty employees from the New York office participated in the Winter Wishes program through New York Cares and collected 65 toys!
New York Cares partners with 1,000+ non-profits and schools across all five boroughs to improve education and revitalize public spaces. Last year, they helped over 400,000 people in need!
In November, the Pittsburgh office took an extended lunch to do some Christmas shopping for the Franklin Center's Breakfast with Santa! The Pittsburgh office collected 95 toys for the toy drive.
"Even though each of us may not celebrate this time of year in the same way, it is nice to know Opus came together to support those that are less fortunate, so they can celebrate it their way."Karri Adkins
The Franklin Center provides human services as well as outreach and referral services to low income and unemployed Beaver County residents through programming in three locations: Aliquippa, New Brighton and Beaver Falls.
Last fall, the Branchburg, Pittsurgh and New York offices collected 152 coats for the One Warm Coat initiative.
One Warm Coat started in 1992 with a Thanksgiving weekend coat drive at one location in San Francisco. Since then, they have grown to a national organization supporting over 3,000 coat drives each year.
For four years in a row, the Pittsburgh office has donated time to Animal Friends and, most recently, helped them prepare for a very important fund raising event.
This fantastic no-kill shelter is dedicated to taking care of cats, dogs and other animals. They not only provide shelter for stray and abandoned animals but they have many initiatives to help control the animal population to minimize the amount of unwanted animals.