Peter Sortwell, CEO of Arborwell professional tree management, announced his company’s partnership with the charity Students Rising Above (SRA), an organization focused on helping Bay Area kids achieve educational success despite their circumstances. As well as providing a generous donation for the organization, Sortwell and his company Arborwell are also providing SRA with marketing support. During the month of January 2011, CBS 5 San Francisco will air sixty-second vignettes in which Anchor Wendy Tokuda tells the story of an individual struggling student who will benefit in part from Arborwell’s donation.
SRA’s mission is to help extraordinary, low-income Bay Area high school students who are overcoming tremendous odds of poverty, homelessness, and neglect, to fulfill their dream of a college education. They provide the mentoring support, financial assistance, and employment skills to be successful in school and in life.
Sortwell recently noticed that there are students right in his community who struggle because of problems at home, school, and otherwise. “My two sons have had the good fortune to attend and reap the full benefits of great high school and college educations,” said Sortwell. “It pains me to see kids the same age face adversity at home and at school.”
Students Rising Above can help them. SRA shows us that there are thousands of students in the Bay Area who are living below the federal poverty line who need our help in order to go to college. After hearing the success stories of SRA’s students, Peter decided that Arborwell would commit to support Students Rising Above and their incredible cause.
“We are grateful for Arborwell’s leadership in helping hard working students go to college,” says Lynne Martin, Executive Director of Students Rising Above. “They remind us that when these students succeed, we all benefit.”