On April 19, 2017 crews were out picking up garbage at the Chelan Recycling Center. The safety vest-clad crew that could be seen along US 97A yesterday were city of Chelan employees giving back to their community.
Mayor Mike Cooney, City Accounting Assistant II Heather Hill, Recreation and Facilities Supervisor Jane Farris and many more took a break from their desks to stretch their legs and clean up their town. The day marked the second annual city employee clean-up project that is part of the City Wellness Program. It was a project also done as a way to commemorate Earth Day.
“It has to do with our wellness committee,” Farris explained. “It’s not just about physical fitness and nutrition but also mental wellness and giving back to the community.”
The City Wellness Program is part of Association of Washington Cities (AWC) which the City of Chelan started participating in in 2002. AWC is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation that represents Washington’s cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch, and with regulatory agencies. A wide array of programs and services are offered to members.
According to AWC, when employers place employee health among their core values, they create a workplace that enhances employee well-being. Employees enjoy greater health and job satisfaction. The organization and community benefit from more productive, engaged employees.
By the end of the afternoon, the recycling center was free of debris, and the city employees were all smiles following the job well done.
(By Jillian Foster)