Wednesday, May 18, 2011 —
April is recognized nationally as “Autism Awareness Month” and one locally owned and operated business donated its time, talents and dollars to GHA, an Albemarle agency that helps individuals with autism.
Jeff Shaver & Sons worked to clear approximately three acres of heavily wooded land at Carolina Farms, a program owned and operated by GHA.
Carolina Farms is on 39 acres in the Millingport community. It is a farm where 17 individuals with autism live, work and play. Daily farm operations, such as caring for the animals and harvesting vegetables, are performed by the individuals with assistance from support staff.
Jeff Shaver, along with help from his two sons, Brandon and Jeremy, and two truck drivers, operated their equipment to finish the task in less than two days. This particular tract of land will be utilized for the future development of the Carolina Farms program.
Upon completion of the job, GHA staff were invited to join the Shaver family and business associates at a cookout luncheon provided by Steve Ford, sales manager for Bandit of the Southeast.
Jeff Shaver & Sons presented a check for $2,000 to GHA to provide financial assistance for the ongoing programs for the individuals with autism that GHA supports.
Jeff, along with support from his wife Vicky, began the family owned and operated business in 1989. Joined now by his two grown sons Brandon and Jeremy, the business specializes in the logging of small and large tracts of timber, the chipping of brush and debris, general tree service work and stump grinding. Shaver is a member of the North Carolina Forestry Association and the Nationwide Trucking Associat-ion.
“We are grateful for the fine job that Jeff Shaver & Sons completed and we greatly appreciate his financial support. The company’s quality is evident in the work completed at Carolina Farms,” Allen said.
Formerly known as Group Homes for the Autistic, GHA began in 1978 with the development of a home for children with autism by parents and professionals in our area that recognized the need for such services. Thirty-three years later, the local non-profit provides a number of supports to individuals with autism including residential, vocational, educational, supported employment and community services.