March 2021 Spotlight

In this issue of Spotlight we will explore strategies for maintaining a healthy work/life balance during these unprecedented times when the balance feels more like a work/life blur for many of us.  One of the strategies we share is directly related to our Social Purpose, and the positive effects giving back has on our emotional wellbeing.  We also address common questions about the FirstService Relief Fund and COVID assistance, grant application document requirements and tax information for Relief Fund donors.

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Nurturing Wellness During Stressful Times

Nearly a year after initial stay at home orders went into effect, many of our teams are continuing to work from home. For some of us, this requires that we balance our work responsibilities with family duties, home schooling children and even caring for at-risk relatives. The lines between work life and home life can get blurry, and the result is often an overwhelming feeling of stress and pressure. We often talk of the importance of maintaining a healthy work/life balance. Never has this been more important than now. And never has it been a greater challenge than today.

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Designing Better Lives for Abuse Victims

When Anthony DeVincenzo of California Closets of Suffolk County visited a local shelter for domestic and sexual abuse victims he thought he was simply going to help them organize their laundry area. After learning about the shelter’s mission, he and his mother, franchise owner Vera DeVincenzo, decided to make a much larger donation. Involving their entire team in the process, they demonstrated that doing good for others is also good for us.

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FirstService Relief Fund & COVID: What you need to know

COVID-19 has affected everyone, and we have all had to adjust our routines and lives in an effort to stay safe and keep others safe, too. For some of us, COVID has had a bigger impact than isolation, social distancing and mask wearing. Some of our team members have suffered personal financial hardships as a result of COVID, despite not having been diagnosed with the disease.

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Understanding the FirstService Relief Fund Documentation Requirements       

The FirstService Relief Fund was designed to help our team members facing personal financial hardship. Sometimes applicants are surprised to learn about the documentation requirements. Understanding what documents are required – and why – will help streamline the process for our applicants and ensure grants are processed quickly.

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It’s Tax Time. What FirstService Relief Fund Donors Need to Know

With tax season fast approaching, many of our FirstService Relief Fund donors have questions about how to document their donations for tax purposes. Here’s what you need to know before you file your taxes.

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