DuPont’s Clear into the Future® (CiTF) community-based conservation program owes its success to its volunteers.
In 2011, approximately 200 employees, together with their family and friends, participated in 11 volunteer events and accrued nearly 650 volunteer hours supporting projects and programs in the states of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Launched publicly in 2007 as a DuPont community-based initiative, CiTF is aimed at protecting and improving the health and beauty of the Delaware Estuary while encouraging environmentally sustainable, regional economic growth. Through its volunteer program, CiTF has contributed thousands of hours of volunteer time for Delaware Estuary and regional clean-ups, wildlife inventories and other community service activities.
“The team is extremely pleased with the volunteer program this year,” said Christopher Johnas, a chemical engineer with DuPont Engineering Research & Technology (DuET) and volunteer coordinator for CiTF. “It’s apparent CiTF volunteers enjoy these events because it is a great way to get their kids, extended family members, friends and co-workers involved. Simply put, volunteering is lots of fun.”
Chris said the program has seen an increase in volunteers and volunteer hours thanks to additional engagement with external event organizers and communication to DuPont employees.
Earlier in 2011, the CiTF team launched an internal website designed to improve employee engagement and communication. The website contains information about upcoming events and allows employees to sign up online to volunteer. Participants are encouraged to post pictures after the events and share their experiences and thoughts about volunteering.
“We are confident this new website and our continued efforts to educate employees about the merits of the program and volunteering will bolster participant numbers in years to come,” said Shakti Routray Harris, a top line growth Six Sigma Blackbelt with DuPont Chemicals & Fluoroproducts (DC&F) and communications leader for CiTF. “We encourage DuPont employees to visit the website and consider volunteering.”
Events in 2011 included:
- Hosting a cleanup at the Cedar Swamp State Wildlife Area in Delaware where volunteers removed hundreds of pounds of garbage and recyclable material as part of International Coastal Clean-Up Day.
- Supporting Project PORTS (Promoting Oyster Restoration through Schools), an outreach initiative of the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory at Rutgers University, N.J. The program helps restore oyster habitat and increases the awareness and understanding of the oyster as a significant natural resource of the Delaware Bay.
- Partnering with the Delaware Nature Society and planting trees and shrubs along Middle Run Natural Area near Newark, Del. This reforestation project helps accelerate hardwood forest succession in Delaware's piedmont and increases the forest interior habitat and forested buffer in the Middle Run Natural Area.
Learn more about CiTF.