ArborWorks Pioneer Market Donates to Safe Mariposa Families |

ArborWorks Inc. teams up with Pioneer Market and Mariposa Safe Families to support families affected by the Oak Fire

Left to right Jason Dubberke Pioneer Market and CEO Frank Bardonaro ArborWorks

OAKHURST, Calif. — ArborWorks Inc. is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Mariposa Pioneer Market to donate $20,000 in grocery gift cards to help support the families hardest hit by the Oak Fire. A total of 200 gift cards worth $100 each were donated to the non-profit organization Mariposa Safe Familiesthe organization coordinating relief efforts in the county.

The Oak Fire is the biggest fire of the season to date and has spread to more than 19,000 acres. The rapid fire was so devastating that it prompted Governor Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency in Mariposa County.

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The idea for the donation came from ArborWorks Director of Human Resources, Layla Meadows. “I knew the ArborWorks staff wanted to do something to help people in the community affected by the Oak Fire. I had an idea and pitched it to CEO Frank Bardonaro. He was on board immediately, so I went to work on a plan. Listening to friends, it is clear that the local non-profit organization, Safe Families Mariposa Inc., had been a great source of support. They let us know that the most immediate need was food. So I contacted Jason Dubberke at Pioneer Market. Jason generously matched our $10,000 donation without hesitation. When I called Megan Atkinson of Mariposa Safe Families about the $20,000 donation, she couldn’t believe it and said, “You’re going to make me cry.”

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Frank Bardonaro, CEO of ArborWorks

ArborWorks CEO Frank Bardonaro said, “We have over 100 employees in and around the Mariposa area. When we met with the Sheriff’s Department and delivered the gift cards, it was heartwarming to see the appreciation Megan and her team shared with us. They are incredible people who provide incredible service to the community 365 days a year. We are honored to give back to the people and community that make up the ArborWorks family.

If you or your family have been hard hit by the Oak Fire, you are encouraged to visit the Mariposa Safe Families office located at 4983 8th St., Mariposa, CA (located at 8e St. between Hwy. 49 and Mariposa County High School). Due to demand, gift cards are limited to one per family.

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ABOUT ARBORWORKS INC.

ArborWorks Inc. is a professional tree care company located in Oakhurst, California. The company specializes in utility line clearance and vegetation management on the West Coast of the United States, including Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona and Nevada, and is currently expanding to Florida. The company employs over 900 people and prides itself on excellent customer service, innovative solutions to tough problems and unparalleled security. Learn more at www.arborworksinc.com.

ABOUT THE PIONEER MARKET

Pioneer Market & Pharmacy is Mariposa County’s first full-service grocery store and offers a wide selection of groceries, produce, meats, deli meats, and baked goods. The store is located at 5034 Coakley Circle, Mariposa, CA and serves the greater Mariposa County area.

ABOUT MARIPOSA SAFE FAMILIES

Mariposa Safe Families Inc. (MSF) believes that safe and healthy families nourish all children. We pursue this belief by providing support programs and services to our community to strengthen and enhance the family unit through abuse, alcohol, drug and other prevention programs and strategies. MSF was founded in 2003. To find out more, visit www.mariposasafefamilies.org.

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