On April 19, 2022, a Community Resource Fair Celebrating Earth Day at Ledbetter Park in Orosi was attended by more than 600 community members. The event was a huge success, made possible by numerous partners, including County departments, the Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District, Family Healthcare Network, CSET, and Starbucks. Additionally, more than 50 organizations had booths with information and resources.
"There were food, prizes, and entertainment, and at the end, everyone pitched in to clean up," said Brooke Sisk, General Services Agency Director. "It was such a joy to see the smiling faces of the children and families taking pride in their local park. We hope to provide more opportunities like this at parks throughout the county for folks to share information, gather, and enjoy the outdoors."
Supporting Friends of Tulare County, local Starbucks' employees from around the county participated in Earth Day by volunteering their time. Serving more than 300 cups of tea in the first hour alone, Starbucks tabled as well and shared what the company does for composting, using coffee grounds for gardens, and recycling paper products. Additionally, the employees supported the event by cleaning up afterward.
"It was amazing, with more than 37 partners, including many other County departments, including HHSA, Probation, Library, General Services, and Fire, whose directors are also on the Friends of Tulare County Board. More than 600 people attended," Sisk further stated.
Earlier in the month, the baristas supported the Tulare County Museum Fifth Annual Jamboree, a free family event for the community to connect, to learn about, and to celebrate the rich history of Tulare County. Setting up and breaking down tents, tables, chairs, the main stage, and the lunch area, the baristas also directed those attending to the various events and performances at Mooney Grove Park.
"The team had such a fun time at the events, and we all look forward to working with the County in the future," said Amber Morphis, Starbucks' Store Manager (Goshen/Akers in Visalia). "It was a great experience for the team who volunteered, and they had fun interacting with the public and learning about this amazing place we have in our county!"