IAMMA and SCARCE Team Up For Volunteering Event

Members of the Illinois Association of Municipal Management Assistants (IAMMA) are giving back to the community by volunteering at an Earth Day event sponsored by the School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE).

The morning of volunteering is April 8 at the SCARCE facility in Glen Ellyn, IL said Melissa DeFeo, assistant to the Village Manager in Northfield, a member of IAMMA and the event organizer.

IAMMA members  will be making crayons for sick or disabled students, organizing materials for reuse and recycling, helping with maintenance tasks, preparing educational programs and assisting teachers visiting the book rescue center that day among other tasks, DeFeo said.

“This volunteering event is just one of the many ways IAMMA members give back to better their communities,” she said.

The partnership made sense, DeFeo said, as SCARCE is dedicated to creating sustainable communities, an issue near and dear to the hearts of IAMMA members.

SCARCE Director Kay McKeen founded the award-winning nonprofit center 27 years ago. She envisioned an organization dedicated to environmental education and creating sustainable communities through innovative and hands-on education programs for schools and organizations. She hoped it would demonstrate care for natural resources and engage the broader public through community-wide events and programs.

Nearly three decades later, that is exactly what SCARCE is.

McKeen said organizations like IAMMA volunteer about three times a month at the center to help implement change to foster a more sustainable future.

“We are a resource for a lot of the cities, counties, towns and villages that IAMMA members work in,” she said. “We are their point of contact for things like recycling and composting, so this was a natural, organic partnership with familiar and friendly faces.”

The center has given away more than $5.5 million worth of goods and funds to help others in need around the world.

Word has spread about this event and inspired other members of the energy systems optimization industry to attend.

“Volunteering to encourage sustainability and energy systems optimization to preserve natural resources is the perfect opportunity for me to give back,” said Orry Cummings, an account executive at SmartWatt and a member of IAMMA. “I look forward to learning more about SCARCE, IAMMA and hearing about sustainability trends in their communities.”

The Illinois Association of Municipal Management Assistants was founded in 1972 and represents professionals working as assistants in municipal management throughout the state. The association fosters and encourages personal and professional development of its members so they can better serve their communities while exemplifying high ethical standards in municipal membership.

DeFeo said the event is perfect for the month of April, when Earth Day occurs.

“Sustainability and improving the environment are concerns in all of the communities where we work and live,” DeFeo said. “IAMMA is happy to help SCARCE do their innovative and important work.”

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