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  Goldman Sachs Wins Award for Forest Preserve Volunteer Work
  Posted: 1/30/2017
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Volunteer work performed by Goldman Sachs employees on behalf of the Forest Preserve District of Will County has earned the company the Illinois Park and Recreation Associationís Advocacy Award.

The company received its award on January 20 during the Illinois Association of Park Districts/Illinois Park and Recreation Association's "Soaring to New Heights" conference in Chicago.

"We are honored to receive the Illinois Park and Recreation Associationís Advocacy Award," said Bonnie Fong, vice president at Goldman Sachs. "Goldman Sachs has long embraced our responsibility to help foster a better world and support our communities. We are proud to have partnered with the Forest Preserve District of Will County over the last eight years through Community TeamWorks, our signature volunteer program. We appreciate the opportunity to engage with our community, to share in furthering the Districtís mission, and for this important recognition of our efforts."

For the past eight years, Goldman Sachs' employees have donated many volunteer hours and financial contributions to the Forest Preserve District's volunteer services section. The Goldman Sachs team of global financial professionals began its work in May 2009 when it offset the cost of wood chips for a general wood-chipping project at the Districtís Plum Creek Nature Center in Beecher.

They then proceeded to provide the supplies needed to paint and repair tables at the Plum Creek Nature Center and Monee Reservoir Visitor Center. In 2011, the employees worked with the Forest Preserve District to apply limestone screening to the Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve Trail, which is a 1.44-mile recreational path. Additionally, their team distributed wood chips around the base of trees at Messenger Woods, which is a 441-acre preserve that is part of the Spring Creek preservation system that conserves more than 1,900 acres.

The team continues to provide support to the Garden Beautification Day at Plum Creek Nature Center. With an average of 20 employees each year, the team will weed, mulch and water the garden area. Just this past year, they pulled ten 65-gallon bags of weeds, laid 80 cubic yards of mulch and planted 850 plugs throughout the Plum Creek area. This dedicated group is already looking forward to this yearís activities and celebrating 10 years of service to the District in 2018.

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