This year’s winner of the Robert V. Menary Award for Excellence in Environmental Issues is the Colorado Water Trust. Formed in 2001 to support and promote voluntary efforts to protect and restore the state’s streamflows, the Colorado Water Trust is the only organization working statewide to transact water deals for conservation benefits.
House with a Heart, a nonprofit animal shelter located in Gaithersburg, MD, takes in senior dogs to help with end of life care. Sher Polvinale started the shelter in 2006 after retiring from an over 30 year career with animal rescue.
To fund her full shelter of thirty elderly dogs and four cats she has opened her doors to local boarder animals. Alongside an army of fifty volunteers helping her run the shelter her house is buzzing with activity at almost all hours of the day.
House with a Heart has a large two acre fenced in property with various enclosures for the animals. Doggie doors at all major entrances allow the animals freedom that many family pets do not have.
Unlike other shelters, Sher does not attempt to adopt out the dogs she has taken in. To insure the dogs retain a safe and loving enviroment she allows them to live out their lives in her care.
Church Gives 100 Year Old Building a Supreme Makeover "Facelift" ~
The one hundred year old Round Mountain Community Center has served many purposes, including a public school at various times, held church services, the site of fund-raising events for needy neighbors, weddings, to name a few. It is a source of pride for the Round Mountain and Sandy Creek neighborhoods. Leander Assembly of God, wanting to show their love to the community in a practical way, took on the challenge of an exterior renovation on the aging building. Local residents joined the church members in a long day of hard labor, building new friendships as the work progressed. UnGap Productions was there to document the event.