By Jason Sehon
McK Parks & Rec
The Community Builder Award is an award the McKinleyville Community Services District (MCSD) presents to local individuals, businesses, and organizations for their volunteer service, sponsorship, promotion of programs and events, outstanding service in the interest of the District, and for other contributions significant to McKinleyville’s quality of life.
Our Parks Department has contracted with NHES since 2006. In that time, their crews have assisted MCSD’s Parks Department with maintaining our parks, facilities and open space zones. Not only do their crews benefit our Parks department, but also account for significant cost savings for residents and business owners in McKinleyville.
According to Tony Rutten, Maintenance Supervisor for MCSD, “I really enjoy working with NHES staff and clients. They all have great attitudes and work well not only with each other but also our staff. We also receive numerous complements from members of the public.” Tony also says he likes how they are versatile, and able to take on a wide variety of tasks at any given time.
NHES is funded by the State Department of Development Services, through the Redwood Coast Regional Center, which is administered by Northern Humboldt Union High School District. They have around twenty (20) work accounts in the northern end of Humboldt County and currently employ more than twenty (20) adults with developmental disabilities. The program’s goal is to provide people an opportunity to improve their skills and make new friends. They offer paid training in custodial and landscape services, assembly, bulk mailing, document shredding, and food service.