Last week El Dorado Disposal Service and Waste Connections Inc. presented a $45,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County. The funds will be used to support a number of in-demand mentoring programs serving local children ages 5 to 18, and for recruiting and training adult volunteers.
It is the largest individual donation the solid-waste collection, transfer and recycling services provider has ever made to the Placerville-based nonprofit organization that serves the entire county.
“Tough economic times and other factors are resulting in more and more broken families locally, and it’s our kids who are inevitably at risk,” said Sue VanDelinder, divisional vice president for El Dorado Disposal. “Organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters rely on private support to give these children genuine hope, direction and the courage to persevere. Nothing is more important than improving their odds to succeed in the home, at school and in life.”
Last year, El Dorado Disposal, owned by Waste Connections of The Woodlands, Texas, committed to contribute a record amount to Big Brothers Big Sisters, along with several other service organizations in communities it serves. Hosting a tournament near its headquarters, Waste Connections and representatives from its Placerville operation raised more than $280,000 in May.
Each year, El Dorado Disposal employees contribute hundreds of hours and help raise thousands of dollars to support local charities and other groups in their communities.
About El Dorado Disposal: El Dorado Disposal Services Inc., a Waste Connections company since 2006, provides solid-waste collection, transfer, and innovative recycling services to more than 40,000 residential and commercial customers in western El Dorado County. The company also owns and operates a 22-acre material recovery facility (MRF), and has three satellite recycling centers enabling “buy backs” for cans and bottles, and free yard- and e-waste disposal. El Dorado Disposal’s more than 100 area employees host annual clean-up events, and contribute and raise thousands of dollars and hundreds of personal hours annually to nonprofit service organizations locally. For more information, visit www.eldoradodisposal.com or write to [email protected]
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County: Headquartered in Placerville, Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County was founded in 1979. Operating under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”) in communities across the country. The nonprofit organization helps to develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. For more information, visit www.mentors4youth.org.