Community Involvement and Committment
We Care about our Community
Mike believes in giving back to his community and has mentored many individuals, from troubled teens to business startups at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute.
We Care about our Environment
As a co-founder of the non-profit volunteer organization, "Friends of the Oswegatchie Hills Nature Preserve" in 2000, Mike has been a driving force in creating the 450 acre Nature Preserve in East Lyme, CT with public/private partnerships and is actively working as a board member today. Mike is committed to protecting and expanding the Hills for future generations to enjoy.
Here is a video about the Oswegatchie Hills created by Mike and his daughter.
click on the link above to watch the video)
The bird species found in the Oswegatchie Hills in Niantic, CT changed significantly during forest succession as the forest regrew after the 400 acre fire of 1962 .
We Care about people
Among Mike's most important philanthropic interests is Dances with Wood, a charity that is a Creative Arts Program that empowers and inspires children who are hospitalized with cancer and other serious illnesses.
Playscape for Montessori School
Mike designed, built, and donated this natural playscape to the Montessori School in Old Saybrook, CT
Dunn Associates was an early adopter of solar power for producing electricity for it's self storage investments in 2008. Rent-A-Space installed roof-top solar panels in East Lyme and Waterford which generate half of our electricity needs. We thank the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund for helping to make this possible.
Most recently, Mike designed and built a solar powered, "Off the Grid" cabin deep in the woods of New Hampshire.