Volunteers Make the Difference for CLA’s 2012 Season

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Volunteers from Cummins Engine and workers from the Joint State County CLA Welfare-to-Work Program worked for a combined total of 2,200 hours for the Chautauqua Lake Association this summer.

“Workers from both programs were on our barge and shoreline crews. We would not have been able to provide the shoreline services expected from area residents without the help of these dedicated volunteers,” CLA Community Relations Manager Heather Nolan said.

187 Cummins Engine employees volunteered for a total of 748 hours of lake maintenance as part of the company’s community service work release program. “This is the second year we’ve had the privilege of engaging in this volunteer program with Cummins and as an organization could not be more thankful and appreciative of their efforts,” Nolan said.

23 workers were gained at various times during the summer for the Joint State-County-CLA Welfare-To-Work Program totaling 1498 hours of work.  One participant was hired by the CLA as a fulltime summer worker and two welfare-to-work volunteers were hired as seasonal employees. Ms. Nolan added, “With the many financial challenges the CLA faced this year, the participants in these two volunteer programs were invaluable in meeting our goals this summer.”

The Chautauqua Lake Association is a not-for profit 501c organization with more than 1400 members.  The group’s mission is to provide effective and efficient lake maintenance services for the benefit of all Chautauqua Lake users. The CLA is committed to initiating and implementing in-lake management activities to protect and improve the quality of Chautauqua Lake. The CLA’s primary goal is to ensure the natural beauty, safety and utility of the lake as a recreational resource.