Employees of Rain CII joined together April 12 to give back to the community that welcomed them after Hurricane Katrina. Katrina forced Rain CII to evacuate its headquarters in New Orleans in 2005. The company set up operations in Kingwood after the storm and eventually decided to relocate their headquarters here permanently. Earlier this year, the company provided a $10,000 grant to the Kingwood Service Association through the National Recreation and Park Association. This grant was used by the KSA Parks Committee to add 65 trees to those lining Hundred Oak Circle – the drive through Deer Ridge Park. “The new trees complete the planting of 100 oaks for which the circle is named. We began planting them several years ago as money allowed,” said Dick McGucken. “The new trees will provide welcome shade for park users and improve the park’s aesthetics.” After working at Deer Ridge, Rain CII employees prepared five areas where KSA plans to install adult physical fitness equipment. They staked the areas, trimmed and removed vegetation, and then leveled the ground in preparation for the equipment installation. “We believe in giving back to the communities in which we live and work,” said Rain CII spokesperson, Elizabeth Clouatre. “Kingwood helped us and now we’re able to help Kingwood.” Photo: CII employees who volunteered to plant new flowerbeds at Deer Ridge Park. From left are Anne Blazek, Elizabeth Clouatre, Kevin Hon, Angie Wells, Sam McEwen, David Liville, Mike Tillman, Traci Brown, Maria Reyes, Cheryl Roy, Derek Taylor, Deanna Muffley, Melody Cortez, Steve Rowland, Sherry Culbertson, Pedro McKay, Tisha Reed, Chandra Clark-Thomas, Keith Neyrey, Summer Bartholomew and Amanda Hoppes.

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