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OLA cares Our passion for community goes beyond our work. Join us as we participate, volunteer, and build a better planet to inhabit!

BREAST CANCER WALK

OLA sponsored a team of employees, families and friends at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Sunday, October 16. The 5k walk took place at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. In addition to the walk, OLA set up a donation page for the American Cancer Society, exceeding our fundraising goal.

OPERATION BACKPACK

OLA gets ready for school! Working with Volunteers of America, the OLA team filled backpacks with school supplies for children in need. 2016 marked our 12th year participating in the fundraiser.

CAREER CLOSET

Recently opened on the ground floor of The Prelude in the White Plains Education Training Center, Career Closet provides free professional attire for underprivileged men and women entering or interviewing to enter the workforce. OLA held a clothing drive and collected business suits, pants and dress shirts from employees and clients to donate to Career Closet. If you would like to learn more about the White Plains Education & Training Center or Career Closet, please take a look at their website.

EARTH DAY RECYCLING

OLA teamed up with our Property Manager, Diamond Properties, in celebration of Earth Day by collecting old electronics and laser toner cartridges for recycling. Employees brought in old cell phones and computers from home, and OLA recycled many out of date computers, laptops and network equipment that were stored in the office.

GREENBUILD

OLA continued its annual attendance to the largest green building conference in the world. Aligned with our passion for engineering better environments, team members enthusiastically participated in discussions, seminars, and demonstrations to continue to innovate and expand sustainable thinking.

JOSEPHINE’S GARDEN

While being treated with a rare, malignant, high-grade brain tumor called atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT), seven-year old Josephine dreamed to create an outside oasis for pediatric cancer patients at Hackensack Hospital. OLA’s team was inspired by Josephine’s mother, Heidi Hartung Rispoli, who fulfilled her daughters dream and created Josephine’s garden. Read the rest of their story here.

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

Supporting the next generation of engineers, the ASHRAE Bi-State Chapter held its annual Golf Outing at The Links at Unionvale on May 13, 2015. Chapter President and OLA Principal of Energy Engineering, Jim Dolan teamed up with Golf Committee Chair and OLA Vice President, Steven Abbattista to raise over $5,000.  Get to know the ASHRAE Bi-State Chapter by visiting http://www.ashraebistate.org/

YWCA BENEFIT LUNCHEON

“We are called to help a generation of children and a generation of women to write their own story of hope and possibility.” Judge Glenda Hatchett inspired an audience of local companies, government officials, and community members at YWCA’s 7th annual In the Company of Women Benefit Luncheon.” OLA was proud to attend and support YWCA’s efforts to empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Visit http://www.ywcawpcw.org/ to learn more.

INSPIRE A 5TH GRADER

OLA Associate Energy Engineer, Jonathan Katz, P.E., C.E.M, LEED AP, visited Pierre van Cortlandt Middle School in Croton on Hudson. Presenting to all 5th grade classes, he discussed the power of engineering and answered questions about blue prints, energy usage, and hard hats!

EARTH DAY AT STONE BARNS

Joining with the ASHRAE Bi-State Chapter, OLA celebrated Earth Day by recognizing – and learning from – industry innovators. Presentations from Erica Helmns of Stone Barns, Hillary Brown, FAIA and Carl Ian Graham, PE provided stimulating discussions on how to further participation in the effort to protect our planet.

BE AN ENGINEER

On March 22, 2015 OLA set-up in the gymnasium of White Plains High School to inspire the next generation of engineers. Our team rolled out blue prints and engaged in many conversations about the role mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, and energy engineers can play in changing the world.

FOOD DRIVE

On Monday January 19th, Martin Luther King Day, the OLA team contributed to the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry’s mission of distributing groceries to 270 local families per week. 127 pounds of food balanced on our office cart, a full trunk, and a short drive later, OLA team members met a group of Food Pantry volunteers preparing deliveries. To learn more about the Interfaith Food Pantry or to donate, visit their website here .

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

OLA closed shop on June 19, 2014 so our entire staff could participate in a build day with Habitat for Humanity of Westchester. Approximately 40 members of the OLA team worked from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on two homes in the Battle Hill section of Yonkers that are being built for veterans. Tasks included painting, drywall, trim carpentry, flooring and landscaping. More on Habitat for Humanity of Westchester and their programs: http://habitatwc.org/

HAVE AN IDEA?

Want to join us? Have a suggestion for our next event? Email marketing@olace.com. We love hearing from you.

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