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Why We Pay Our Employees to Get Out and Volunteer

Woman cleaning up trash on a beach on the Oregon Coast

What is it about putting your hands into the soil that feels so good? How about wading barefoot through a stream, or breathing fresh ocean air? Being in nature is simply revitalizing. That’s one of the fundamental reasons we offer our employees the opportunity to get paid for getting outside and restoring natural areas through the Mountain Rose River Project

The Mountain Rose River Project is a grassroots, employee-led initiative that is part of our Paid Time for Community Involvement Program. Employees have 24 hours of paid time they can use to volunteer each year. We partner with numerous nonprofits and governmental agencies to complete around ten restoration projects annually. Funded entirely by Mountain Rose Herbs, teams of spunky volunteers tackle projects to restore riparian ecosystems, maintain stream health, and protect wildlife habitat.

Woman on beach cleaning up trash with volunteer team

Encouraging Employee Health & Well-Being

Our employees know we need to take care of this planet because it’s the only one we have. Planting trees along the riverbank helps to filter water and reduce erosion. Picking up trash along the bike bath we adopted helps prevent toxins from leaching into the ground and stream that parallel the path. Removing invasive plants so they don’t crowd out native species promotes biodiversity.

Getting outdoors and giving back is not only good for the environment, but it also helps keep people healthy too! Whether it’s a bright day and you’re loading up on vitamin D from the sun, or you're enjoying the invigorating effects of a bracing windy day on the coast, it feels good to get out and move around. Engaging and encouraging folks to do meaningful volunteer work gives employees pride in the company. During volunteer projects, there’s a palpable sense of camaraderie as we all work together, sweat together, and move toward a common goal.

People planting and watering trees near open field


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Written by Alyssa on July 11, 2018

Alyssa Bascue, Director of Sustainability, is a trusted professional in her field with a passion for employee engagement and reducing environmental impacts of business operations, including emissions, energy, waste, and water. Growing up in an income-sharing, egalitarian community in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, she’s a farm girl at heart. She received her bachelor's degree in Environmental Sociology, which helps to support Mountain Rose Herbs' mission of supporting organic agriculture and embodying socially conscious business practices. Alyssa completed a nine-week Master Recycler training and is well-known in town as an Employee Transportation Coordinator. She currently volunteers with Friends of Trees, Provender Alliance, Sustainable Food Trade Association, and the Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance. And she is an active member of the International Society for Sustainability Professionals. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, cooking spicy foods, hiking and camping with her husband and brindle pup.

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