Spectra Energy joined Collaborative for Children in a volunteering project that helped beautify Sunshine Child Care, Inc. in Houston’s Sunnyside community.
Eight Spectra Energy employees took part in the effort on April 14, as part of the company’s Helping Hands in Action campaign. Every April, Spectra employees have the opportunity to participate in one of about a dozen volunteer projects throughout Houston.
Employees with Spectra Energy, as well as Sunshine Child Care and Collaborative for Children, planted more than 160 plants in the center’s playground area. The group completed the project in roughly two hours, despite dreary weather with rain and temperatures in the 50s.
The planting project attracted Andrew Alonzo, who works in Spectra Energy’s Corporate Finance division. Alonzo said he participated in the gardening effort after taking part in another Collaborative for Children project last year at Teeter Totter Village child care center, also in Sunnyside.
“I like this organization,” Alonzo said. “Collaborative for Children does a good job helping these [child care] facilities.”
Clark Lamdrum, a Spectra Energy Business Development Commercial Associate, worked with Collaborative for Children to help organize the volunteering opportunity. “[The project] fits with Spectra’s culture to help,” Landrum said. “We’re out here to help out those in need, especially in early childhood development.”
Sunshine Child Care Director Rylanda Martin was touched by the volunteers’ efforts to revamp the center’s garden. “This means they care,” Martin said. “These people are concerned about the child care community. It shows sharing and caring.”
Sunshine Child Care participates in Collaborative for Children’s College Bound from Birth initiative. The program works to improve kindergarten readiness, with the ultimate goal of increasing college preparation rates.
About 60 children between one and six years old are currently enrolled in the child care center, which is located on South Acres Drive. Sunshine Child Care, a family-owned business, has been operating in Sunnyside for more than 30 years.