FirstService Residential: Supporting Deserving Families Through Annual LifeNet4Families Food Drive Donation

We donate to LifeNet4Families every year around Thanksgiving to help those who need it the most. We collect non-perishables or any dollar amount. We will be collecting non-perishables or money donations from  November 1st until the 15th. Please contact Diana Sanchez if you have any questions.

FirstService Residential: Climb to Honor the Heroes of 9/11

The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb honors and remembers the New York City firefighters, police officers and emergency workers who made the ultimate sacrifice that fateful day.

Climb the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center to benefit the FDNY CSU, help defray the cost of sending FDNY family members to Memorial Weekend and help fund the programs provided by the NFFF to support the families of our nation’s fallen firefighters.

We urge you to get involved in this meaningful cause – become a sponsor, form a team, climb the stairs, or make a donation. Visit events.firehero.org/georgia to learn more about how you can be part of the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.

As the leading property management partner, FirstService Residential strives to enhance the lifestyle of every resident in our care. We believe that giving back to the community is one way we achieve that. We are very proud to sponsor the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Sovereign Condominium, one of Atlanta’s premier buildings that we proudly serve.

Visit fsresidential.com to learn more about FirstService Residential, the difference we make in the communities we manage, and how we support the Georgia community.

Sovereign Condominium

3344 Peachtree Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30326

Registration: 8:00 am

Climb: 8:46 am

FirstService Residential: School Supply Drive for Glenolden Elementary School – East Service Day

Collecting school supplies for Glenolden Elementary school, Principal Ryan Snyder is ECSTATIC!!

PLEASE HELP FILL MY BOXES WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR THE CHILDREN!!

Feel free to drop off your donation before August 24th.

Contemporary Villages Condo Association

100 E. Glenolden Ave, unit B20

Please ask for Robin.

Supplies needed below!

  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Crayons
  • Glue Sticks
  • Colored Pencils
  • Plain note books
  • Markers
  • Folders
  • Rulers
  • Erasers
  • Tissues
  • Disinfectant Wipes

FirstService Corporation: Donating Life Saving Blood in Honor of a Special Child

FirstService employees donated blood in honor of six-year-old Ella

Employees from FirstService Corporation’s Toronto headquarters joined together in a month-long drive to donate blood in honor of a special little girl.  Ella was born with a serious heart defect called “Transposition of the Great Arteries.” In her first six years of life, Ella has endured more than many do in an entire lifetime, including nine heart surgeries, being placed on an artificial heart and lung machine for four days, and receiving well over 50 units of blood. Thanks to donors who have generously donated their own blood, Ella has celebrated birthdays, Christmases and will be starting Grade 1 in the fall.

From left, blood donors Bailey MacDonald, Christian Cutts, Antonio Sirianni, Andrew Hui and Roger Thompson

Honoring Ella

FirstService donated blood under “Team Ella” which was started by Ella’s parents as a way to give back to the organizations that have helped Ella. While their original goal was to collect 50 units of blood in Ella’s name to “put back into the system” what Ella had used, they have far surpassed this goal and continue to encourage blood donation.

As Ella’s mom says, no one ever expects that they, or someone the love, will need blood someday. But if you do, you absolutely better have it when you need it, where you need it, and the right type.

Thanks to the contributions of the FirstService team, Team Ella’s monthly blood donations increased by 50% for the month of July.

How You Can Help

The need for blood is great throughout North America, and we encourage you to consider donating through Canadian Blood Services or American Red Cross Blood Services.

If you wish to support Team Ella, please follow these steps:

  1. Visit https://blood.ca/en/ways-donate/donate-partner/becoming-partner/team-member-registration

  2. In the “Partner ID” box, type “TEAM368169”

  3. Put in the rest of your personal information as requested

  4. Click Submit

  5. To locate a donation center near you, please visit: https://myaccount.blood.ca/

FirstService Relief Fund: A Broken Knee Becomes a Blessing in Disguise

Nancy DiTore, a Concierge with Planned Companies in New Jersey, took a misstep at work which resulted in a broken knee, painful surgery and a lengthy recovery. During her recovery, she got caught up on her routine medical appointments and was stunned to learn she had breast cancer.

Nancy shared her incredible story with us and describes how the FirstService Relief Fund was able to ease her financial worries during this difficult time.

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Paul Davis: Supporting Local Food Pantries through a Creative CAN Challenge Food Drive

Donation drives are a popular and effective way to collect much-needed food for area food banks, but if you really want to engage your team members and make your food drive something everyone will be talking about, give them an added challenge to see what can be built with the donated items. That’s exactly what the creative Social Purpose Champions at Paul Davis did, and the results were incredible!

Building for Prizes & Bragging Rights

As you’ll see from the pictures in this post, team members took the challenge seriously and unleashed their creativity building fabulous structures out of donated canned goods. Photos of the structures were shared with the Paul Davis network and prizes were awarded for the locations with the Most Votes and the Most Cans.

All food collected was donated to local and human food pantries, many of which are in great need during summer months. Lots of companies organize food drives during the holiday season, which is  helpful, but by the time summer rolls around, many food banks are faced with empty shelves.

Hunger Bites won the award for Most Votes

More than 1,180 cans were used to build the Animal House structure

A Fun Challenge with a Big Impact

In addition to highly coveted bragging rights, the LLCO Animal House structure won in the Most Cans category with 1,188 cans, and Hunger Bites won Most Votes. Some offices took the challenge even further by incorporating other fun team building events including company BBQs and bowling outings. Collectively the challenge netted more than 3,100 cans of food!

“Words cannot express my gratitude, respect, and appreciation to everyone involved in this event,” said Quality Assurance Analyst Waleska Gonzalez. “Helping others when they need it the most is a cause I keep close to my heart and I am always looking for an opportunity to create awareness. I was happy to see the passion and commitment from my PD family.”

The PDR Jacksonville team created a unique cat structure using their cans

The team behind the Strike Out Hunger display continued their theme with an employee bowling party

Paul Davis Talent and Change Leader and JASMYN Volunteer Kali Freeland added, “At PDRI in Jacksonville, we donated the cans from our structure to a local LGBT Youth Crisis Center, JASMYN. JASMYN normally receives donations during the winter months, so they were especially grateful for Summer donations. I’m personally very proud to support this organization and I’m grateful that Paul Davis is embracing Social Purpose as well as Inclusion and Diversity!”  

Add Some Creativity to Your Next Food Drive

So if you are looking to give your next food drive an added element of team building and fun, consider issuing a “CAN challenge” to your team members.

FirstService Residential: Join Our Donation Drive to Benefit Welcome One Emergency

The Bulle Rock Welcome One Volunteers Club and your FirstService Residential Team will be working together to collect and deliver items to the Welcome One Emergency Shelter, the only year-round homeless shelter in Harford County. Donations are being accepted at the address below through August 22.

They have a need for the following specific items:

  • Sugar
  • Iced Tea Mix
  • Lemonade Mix
  • Coffee
  • Powdered Creamer
  • Canned Fruit
  • Napkins
  • Paper Towels
  • Windex
  • Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • New Pillows
  • Liquid Hand Soap
  • Tylex Mildew Remover
  • Lysol Disinfectant Spray
  • Multi-purpose cleaner
  • Large Brown Lunch Bags
  • Ziploc Sandwich Bags
  • Cereal

FirstService Residential: Dania Annual Backpack Drive to Prepare Students for School

Every year we partner with the Broward Education Foundation to help local students get ready for the New School Year.

We time it to be around the the Tax-Free weekend so we can get as many supplies as possible. We also receive monetary donations.

These are the usual supplies needed:

  • Composition books

  • Erasers

  • Index cards

  • Rulers

  • Dry Erase Markers

  • Crayons

  • Notebook/Filler paper

  • Pens

  • Glue (4 oz.) bottles

  • Back Packs

  • Copy Paper

FirstService Residential & Paul Davis: Join Us at the 1st Annual NFFF Golf Tournament

Paul Davis Restoration and FirstService Residential invite you to join us in raising awareness and funds for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. We are eager to partner with you as a participants and/or a Founding Sponsor of the 1st Annual National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Golf Tournament on Thursday, July 25th, 2019. Golfers/teams do not have to be firefighters to play. All are welcome and we are looking to maximize participation in this fun event.

This event will be held at South Riding Golf Club, in South Riding, Virginia. The NFFF is a registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.

The annual tournament is both a tribute to all firefighters who have paid the ultimate price in the line of duty and a fundraising outreach to provide resources to their surviving family members. All proceeds from the event will be presented to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, which provides immediate and long-term assistance, scholarships, and vocational training to the families of the fallen firefighters.

Founding Sponsors will be celebrated and recognized throughout this day-long event. Please see the accompanying page for more detailed sponsorship information. Online registration for donors, sponsors, and all registrants can be found at:  https://www.firehero.org/event/gofl19-paul-davis/.

If you have additional questions, or would like to speak with the tournament coordinator, please email Scott Brooks at sbrooks@pdrnova.com or call 703-431-6049.

We are grateful to our Founding Sponsor partners and participants.

FirstService Relief Fund: Providing Support to a Family Following a Catastrophic Medical Event

When Shannon purchased a Floor Coverings International franchise in 2017, he and his family were excited about what the future held for them. Being an entrepreneur has many advantages, and having the opportunity to be part of FirstService Brands, with its track record of success and alignment to his personal values, appealed to him.

Little did he know that less than two years later, his life would be forever changed.

This past March, at just 47 years of age, and in good health, Shannon suffered a massive heart attack. His is what is known as a “widow maker” heart attack, and, as its name implies, they are often fatal.  With no known risk factors, his doctor chalked it up to bad luck. Shannon, however, sees it differently. With just a 5% chance of survival, and having been clinically dead before doctors brought him back to life, Shannon considers himself lucky to be alive.

His recovery forced him out of work for three months, during which time bills associated with his business and household expenses and medical treatments began to pile up. This created additional stress for him and his family during what was already an extremely difficult time.

Fortunately, Shannon applied for and received a grant through the FirstService Relief Fund. The funds he received bridged the gap during the time he was unable to work and allowed him to stay current on his day-to-day expenses.

Today, Shannon is feeling great. He has committed to taking better care of himself, making better food choices and exercising regularly. He’s grateful he was able to see his son graduate high school earlier this summer and dreams of the day he will walk his daughter down the aisle.

“I’m so appreciative of my colleagues who contributed to the Relief Fund and made my grant possible,” said Shannon. “I never imagined I’d be in a situation where I needed help, and feel very lucky to work for a company that cares so much about its people. If you are able to contribute to the Relief Fund, you are truly making a difference in someone’s life. If you have a need for support or know someone who does, please look into applying for a Relief Fund grant.”

We thank Shannon for sharing his story in the hopes it will inspire others to become involved in the FirstService Relief Fund. For more information please visit http://www.firstservicerelief.com.