STAMFORD, Conn. - More than 250 volunteers from Nestlé Waters North America and other local companies and non-profits rolled up their sleeves on a gorgeous fall Thursday to build dozens of picnic tables for charity.
Spearheaded by Nestlé Waters’ Joel Smith, Project Picnic was a joint effort of Nestlé Waters, Cougle's Recycling, Inc. and Keep America Beautiful. The blue tables will grace parks and outdoor locales throughout Fairfield County.
“More than 1,000 volunteer hours went into this project,” said Smith. “We used more than 16,000 pounds of recycled lumber.”
For the balance of Thursday, the hundreds of volunteers toiled in the parking lot of Nestlé Waters’ Long Ridge Road corporate offices in Stamford, teaming up in small groups to put the tables together.
The effort built a total of 100 tables, which will be donated to 13 non-profits in the area, including the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Stepping Stones Museum, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, the Connecticut Humane Society, DOMUS and others. The City of Stamford will receive 30 of the tables to replace many that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy last year.
Each 175-pound table was constructed using recycled lumber planks, and a completed table contains the material from 120,000 post-consumer plastic bottles.
Smith came up with the idea for the project as part of Nestlé Waters’ philanthropic initiative, in which the company plans to dedicate 50,000 hours of employee volunteer work in local communities throughout the country.
“Volunteerism is a the core of this business,” said Smith. “We’re proud to be able to help out.”