Vote for Caleb Blankenship to win $10K prize for the Blue Hills
WFXT Boston 25, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, are recognizing volunteers who are creating, preserving or enhancing shared outdoor spaces. Finalists for Boston’s Cox Conserves Heroes program were announced today, and the public is being asked to vote for the winner now through September 25th.
Caleb Blankenship from Milton is co-chair of the Friends of the Blue Hills Trails Committee and one of three finalists for the awards. Blankenship helps the organization recruit, train and manage over 500 volunteers. His dedication to the Blue Hills trails is matched by his ability to work with everyone. Blankenship meets the concerns of the local conservation commissions so volunteers can maintain the trails while also ensuring that new trail volunteers are comfortable. He devotes hundreds of hours each year to scouting trails and identifying their needs. From clearing trails to removing invasive species to erosion mitigation, he is hands-on with multiple improvement projects. Blankenship also ensures that each project has adequate leaders to manage the events as well as completed paperwork, tools and donations. His nonprofit of choice is Friends of the Blue Hills. To vote, visit CoxConservesHeroes.com and select the Boston area. Blankenship is the third finalist listed.
Finalists have already secured a $5,000 donation for their environmental nonprofits of choice and are now competing for an additional $5,000 – bringing the total award to $10,000 for the winner’s nonprofit of choice.
The national Cox Conserves Heroes program has donated nearly $800,000 to environmental nonprofits, and nearly 200 volunteers have been honored. Cox Conserves Heroes also takes place in Arizona, California, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Virginia and Washington and is part of the company’s national Cox Conserves sustainability program that is celebrating its 10th anniversary.