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.
Beginning in April and continuing throughout 2017, the London office is participating in the #SquareMileChallenge to collect and recycle 5 million coffee cups by the end of 2017.
Hubbub is a charity that creates environmental campaigns with a difference. We’re positive and design playful campaigns that inspire people to make healthier, greener lifestyle choices, which more often than not help save money and bring people together.
The #SquareMileChallenge in the City of London aims to collect 1/2 million coffee cups in its first month, and 5 million throughout 2017, so they can be recycled into something new. The campaign is part of a record collaboration between all of the coffee cup retailers, 35 businesses, the City of London and Network Rail at Liverpool Street Station, together creating 130 places where people in London can recycle their coffee cup, wherever they buy it from.
In March, the Pittsburgh office participated in the March of Dimes March for Babies.
"This family initiative started nine years ago when Logan and Jordan were born two month premature. At 20 weeks into the pregnancy we found out we were having twins and that they were Mono-amniotic Twins (MoMo). These type of twins are always identical, share the same placenta, they are very rare (1% of twin pregnancies), and very high risk. Thanks to the care and expertise of doctors and nurses at the Magee NICU during this difficult pregnancy and after birth, they are now two big, healthy, and happy boys!!!"
Funds raised in March for Babies support research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. And they will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care.
On Friday, May 26th, the New York City office participated in the Red Nose Day fund raiser.
Coming together to end child poverty
Red Nose Day makes it fun to come together and make a difference. Raising money and awareness for kids in need at home and around the world.
In 1985, Comic Relief launched in the United Kingdom with the goal of using comedy to raise money and help those leading really tough lives. The goal? Creating a just world free from poverty.
The very first Red Nose Day was held in 1988. With millions of people participating in its first year, it was clear that a truly amazing movement was underway.
In June, the Branchburg NJ office prepared lunches for the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program in Somerville, NJ.
SHIP, the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program, began operations on March 5, 1984 in response to the unheeded cry of the many women, children and men who are in desperate need of emergency housing and associated services. Many are the working poor. They include those that suffer from homelessness or being near homeless. Many are hungry or suffer from substance abuse dependency, HIV/AIDS, mental health issues, or neglect and isolation.
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.
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.