Life Experiences

Life Experiences
260 Towerview Ct,
Cary, NC 27513

Life Experiences - Project EverGreen

Completion Date

November 17, 2011

Project EverGreen - Plant community

Estimated Project Value


Project EverGreen - Product design

Estimated Value of Volunteer Time


Project EverGreen recently partnered with ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance in Durham, NC, and Cary-based Arysta LifeScience, to jointly donate time and services to enhance and improve the grounds at Life Experiences, a United Way of the Greater Triangle partner agency in Cary.

Life Experiences Inc. is a non-profit organization that blends education, training and the free enterprise system to create and operate businesses that provide fulfilling employment for adults with developmental disabilities, allowing them the self-esteem of earning a wage for their work and functioning as independent, productive citizens of the Triangle.

“Several years ago, Life Experiences opened a new facility in Cary to offer our employees/clients the best in vocational opportunities and work environments,” says Executive Director Mary Madenspacher. “The generosity of everyone involved in this landscape donation helps us to beautify our work space, and further extend what we can accomplish within our limited budget.”

Jay Manganaro, branch manager of ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance in Durham, volunteered his professional staff time and labor, as well as donating and installing the nursery stock and pine straw mulch needed to complete the landscape restoration along with Arysta LifeScience employees.

“Our company mission is to be a viable part of the communities we serve, and it’s a natural partnership for us to contribute to sustaining a healthy, green environment for the employees at Life Experiences” Manganaro says.

Arysta LifeScience North America, serving Turf & Ornamental and Agricultural markets, is headquartered in Cary, and employees volunteered their time to help install shrubs and provide maintenance to existing plants and trees at Life Experiences.

“Arysta LifeScience actively supports Project EverGreen and United Way agencies in this community outreach. It makes a difference to the companies involved and to needy organizations in the Triangle when we can help a project like this,” says Annetta Johnson, head of human resources at Arysta LifeScience North America and Life Experiences landscape volunteer. “Our core values include contributing to society and the environment, so we’re particularly pleased to help improve green spaces right here in our local community.”

United Way of the Greater Triangle connected Project EverGreen and Arysta LifeScience with Life Experiences as a United Way agency partner in need of landscaping.

“Having our agency partners succeed in work and life is a key component of our Wake County Community Action Plan,” says Ed Brennan, relations manager at United Way of the Greater Triangle. “Linking the Life Experiences grounds renovation request with Arysta LifeScience and ValleyCrest is an example of how we mobilize with local company donors and volunteers to help meet our community needs.”

Project Scope:
Green space cleanup
Planting of new shrubs and nursery stock
Installation of new pine straw mulch

Project Partners

Arysta LifeScience, ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance, United Way of the Greater Triangle

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