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A Beautiful Day in the Riverhood

As lucky inhabitants of the best city in the U.S., uShippers take great pride in the lively, vibrant oasis that is Austin, Texas. Whether we’re patronizing one of the quirky dive bars, legendary live music venues, or soaking up the bluest skies around on our greenbelt, we Austinites love our city.

At uShip, we’re especially lucky to have an office planted smack dab between the beautiful Lady Bird Lake, a lush greenbelt and creek, and the action of downtown – an area we’ve affectionately coined “The Riverhood.” To show our appreciation for the beautiful space around us, we recently took a few hours to get out and clean up our ‘hood.

We broke out into small teams to divide and conquer. Some crews were responsible for the dog park up the street, others hit the boardwalk, and several were on creek duty. Armed with grippy gloves, grabber sticks, buckets and bags, we set out to make our neck of the woods a little cleaner.

Not surprisingly, we found more than a few memorable items. Highlights included:

  • A machete
  • Several tires
  • A plaster hand
  • A jar of rotting eggs
  • An impressive number of unique clothing items (how did an Edmonton Eskimos poncho get into the creek?)

We take our responsibility to serve our community seriously, and feel lucky to have the opportunity give back as a company and as individuals. By day’s end, we’d collected around 50 bags of trash and dedicated 200 service hours to the cleanup effort.

Of course, the day wouldn’t be complete without a lakeside happy hour to top it all off. Stay tuned to keep up on all our efforts to support the community.