August 2, 2018

TQL says take a seat

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Total Quality Logistics Giving Coordinator Meggie Strawser, left, instructs volunteers before building 11 new benches for the Clermont County Park District July 24.

UNION TOWNSHIP – Total Quality Logistics knows all about getting from point A to point B.

But the fast-moving freight brokerage firm recently took time to give people a chance to sit between points and catch their breath.

Company volunteers built 11 eight-foot benches for the Clermont County Park District as part of its second annual Helpy Hour July 24, a twist on a traditional happy hour.

Benches will be placed along the Park District’s Williamsburg-Batavia Bike Trail, as well as in Sycamore, Shor and Pattison Parks.

“There really isn’t any place for our guests to sit down along the trail,” said Mark Motz, Park District community relations manager. “Over the course of six miles, people may need or want to take a rest and just enjoy the sights. This gift gives them that opportunity.

“It’s great having partners like TQL who are so active in the community. They are in a challenging, competitive business with a work-hard-play-hard culture; they understand the value of having a place to relax and decompress. We’re grateful for their gift and glad we can be that place for people all over the county.”

This isn’t the first time TQL assisted the Park District. Volunteers have been coming for years in the spring to help remove invasive species from Pattison, Sycamore and Kelley Nature Preserve.

In addition to building park benches during Helpy Hour, about 100 TQL volunteers made almost 900 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Bethany House and Empower Youth, filled 168 backpacks with school supplies for Oyler Elementary School students and created 150 flower pots for Clermont Senior Services’ adult daycare program.

“These are all projects our employees were interested in, causes that matter to them,” said Meggie Strawser, TQL corporate giving coordinator.

“TQL Cares, our community service and charitable giving initiative, donated more than $1.6 million and 2,000 volunteer hours in 2017,” said Corey Drushal, TQL corporate giving manager. “It’s important for us to get involved, to give back, to help make the places we live and work better.”

TQL facilities and corporate giving team members pose with the Clermont County Park District maintenance crew after loading the benches.

Mark D. Motz is the Community Relations Manager for the Clermont County Park District. A native Cincinnatian, he has worked for more than 25 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. Away from work, he enjoys photography, theater and spending time with his nine godchildren.

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