Date: June 26, 2003

News - Chaney Enterprises’ Beautification Grant To Enhance Local Curb-Side Appeal

Fourteen County schools and organizations recently received a total of more than $12,000 from The Chaney Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Chaney Enterprises, to improve their grounds. The new Beautification Grant was implemented by Chaney Enterprises to build upon its mission to be a responsible corporate citizen and to give back to the community. The application for the grant was offered to sixteen separate entities within Charles County; fourteen were selected based upon the stated purpose of the project and aesthetic need.

The recipients of the Beautification Grant are: Malcolm Elementary School, Mary H. Matula Elementary School, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, John Hanson Middle School, Mattawoman Middle School, Matthew Henson Middle School PTO, Maurice J. McDonough PTSO, Charles County Public Schools, Clarks Run Citizens Association, Charles County Beautification Program, Charles County Garden Club, La Plata Community Garden Club, Melwood Horticultural Training Center, and Nanjemoy Vision – Recreation Committee.

Among projects proposed were several schools that will use the money to redesign gardens and entryways and to create areas for instructional uses. Other projects, such as those proposed by the Charles County Garden Club and Clarks Run Citizens Association, are to repair damage caused by last year’s tornado, while Melwood Horticultural Training Center will enhance the entrance to Will’s Park in La Plata. Melwood was the only recipient to request money to do work on someone else’s grounds. “We value all of these projects, but are particularly struck by the community spirit Melwood embodies, as displayed by their concern for the public park,” said Carol Jackson, Grant Administrator and a member of the Chaney Foundation Board.

Applicants were permitted to request up to $1,000 each, but in order to be eligible for the grant, they had to show proof of their ability to match the amount requested in the form of cash, labor or materials. The applicants’ match will contribute to the completion of their beautification plans.

Though the beautification grant is new this year and was offered only to Charles County residents, The Chaney Foundation hopes next year to expand the opportunity to schools and organizations outside of the county.

Chaney Enterprises is Your One Stop ShopTM construction materials supplier based out of Waldorf and emphasizes quality service to its customers, but also focuses on helping to provide a better quality of life for the communities in which it does business. The company recognizes its responsibility as a corporate citizen partially through its motto, “Neighbors Serving Neighbors,” but takes positive action toward this objective through the Chaney Foundation.

“The Chaney Foundation is our commitment to the communities in which Chaney Enterprises’ does business and in which their employees live, so that we can help provide a better quality of life. Chaney Enterprises does this by giving six percent of their net profit to the foundation to be distributed to worthy organizations,” said Jessica Gallimore, Marketing Manager for Chaney Enterprises.

This theme of reaching out and being an asset to the community comes from the executive management team, but also permeates the entire company via the mission statement, which reads in part, “Chaney Enterprises mission is to … realize a reasonable return while continuing our ongoing commitment to our environment and our community.”

Furthermore, Chaney Enterprises is committed to the environment and employs a policy to
” fix it up” if they’ve “dug it up.” The company’s land reclamation projects ensure that every area mined by the company is returned to a usable state for the enjoyment of future generations. Former mineral reserve and mining sites that have been restored now constitute the wetlands on Route 5, various soccer fields, a golf course in Davidsonville, and local farmland.

In business since 1962, Chaney Enterprises is a leading supplier of concrete, concrete block, construction materials and supplies, and sand, gravel and stone. The company operates seven ready mix concrete plants and four sand and gravel facilities throughout the State of Maryland, as well as a 19,000-square-foot contractor-grade construction materials supply store. It proudly serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Charles, Prince Georges, Montgomery, and St. Mary’s Counties.

The Chaney Foundation would like to thank all its applicants and wishes the best to these groups as they complete their beautification projects in the Charles County area.

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