Planned Companies: Volunteers Invited to Join Us for NJ Park Clean Up

Please join us as we clean up Pennington Park in Paterson, NJ on October 6th, 2020 as part of National Clean Up Week. Social distancing guidelines will be enforced. Please wear your mask. Rain date: Wednesday, October 7th, 2020.

FirstService Residential: Potamac Watershed Clean-Up Day

Please join the FirstService Residential team on Saturday, September 26 from 9am-12pm in cleaning up the Potomac River located at Riverside Park, Fort Hunt, VA 22308.

Gloves, trash bags, trash pickers, masks, and hand sanitizer will be provided.

Please wear your face mask at all times. Also, remember to social distance at least 6 feet from each other and to use hand sanitizer frequently.

LOCATION: Riverside Park

GPS Coordinates: 38.711382, -77.0727163

More info can be found here.  

Century Fire Protection: Partnering with National Clean Up Day to Host a Local Event

Century Fire Protection in Duluth, GA is teaming up with other organizations around the country for National Clean Up Day. We are partnering with Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful to outfit our employees who volunteer with supplies to tidy up Satellite Boulevard on Friday, September 25th from 11am-1pm.

With programs and company initiatives like this, we can make a meaningful impact on our people, our community and our environment. Century Fire Protection encourages everyone to participate in their own Clean Up Day. Every little bit helps make our world a more beautiful place!

We are inviting our employees to join us on September 25th for 30 minute shifts to pick up litter in our community. All of the employees who sign up to volunteer by September 8th will receive a shirt and lunch! We are looking forward to spending a few hours having fun with our team while making a difference in our world.

Learn more about National Clean Up Day or Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful!

FirstService Corporation: Beautifying our Areas for #CleanUpMonth

FirstService Corporation is participating in National CleanUp Day by encouraging our team members throughout our family of companies to conduct their own cleanup events any time from September 19 – September 27, following safe distancing protocols.  Locations can be anywhere, local parks or neighborhoods, city streets, waterways — anywhere we feel like we can make an impact.  This effort is part of our Social Purpose to #FirstServeOthers in support of #OurEnvironment.

The team in the Toronto office will be conducting its CleanUp Day on Thursday, September 24. Team members will each spend an hour collecting trash, with a goal of disposing of 2,000 pieces of trash. 

 To track our progress, we will be using the Litterati app, which is FREE and available for Apple and Android devices. The Litterati app makes it easy for to track our impact. Want to take the challenge with us? Look for the challenge code FSV2020 and get your family, friends and colleagues to join our effort.

 We recommend that you bring sunscreen, gloves, water and wear a company-branded shirt.

For questions about how to use Litterati, check out their FAQ or watch their short video series.

 

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Declutter Your Home and Help Those in Need

Take a good look around your home. Chances are, you’ll find things you’re not using that are just taking up space. We all accumulate extra stuff over the years that we don’t need. And often these very items could be put to good use by someone who does need them.

Now is a great time to reduce clutter in your home, simplify your life, save money and give back to those in need.

What’s the best way to start your decluttering project?

Start small, beginning with one area or room at a time. It can be as simple as your junk drawer or your guest bathroom vanity.

We suggest for each room or area you plan to declutter, you begin with five  boxes (or bags). Label them as follows: Keep, Donate, Trash, Recycle, Re-locate.

An important part of your decluttering process will be collecting and relocating items you are keeping so they are kept together and in a logical place, i.e. setting up a central location for all batteries or lightbulbs. This is where your life will be simplified, and time and money will be saved. Knowing what you have on hand — and where to find it! —  will eliminate unnecessary purchases in the future.

As you go through items in your home, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is this a duplicate item? If the answer is yes, then ask if you really need duplicates of it or if you can make do with one (or two)

  • Is this something I use on a frequent basis? If yes, consider whether its current storage location is convenient when you need it

  • Is this something I’ve never used or worn? If yes, you probably won’t miss it so this would be a good candidate to donate

  • Have I worn this in the last year? If no, let it go!

  • Do I like this item or am I keeping it for sentimental reasons? If you are holding onto old wedding gifts you will never use because you feel bad letting them go, remember the person who gave them to you will never know you re-homed them

Decluttering provides many benefits, among them giving you more time in your day because when you’ve effectively decluttered your home, finding the items you are looking for becomes easier. Also, who wants to take the time to clean around knickknacks and other dust collectors? Knowing what you have on hand makes you less inclined to buy more of what you already own, helping you save money. You may also consider selling your more valuable items  such as artwork or furniture pieces through a second hand site.

What to do with items you wish to donate (or sell)

There are many non-profit organizations accepting donations for those in need. Some are even doing pickups from donors’ homes. A simple Google search should help you locate non-profits in your area.  

Another option is to post them online on sites like Freecycle, Craigslist, OfferUp, Nextdoor and Facebook Marketplace. This can be a good idea for furniture and larger items that non-profit groups may not be able to easily transport. If you have valuable furnishings or antiques, you may consider bringing them to a local consignment store to be sold.

There are so many benefits to decluttering your home, and it feels wonderful to know that your discards are going to someone who will value them.

Tidying expert Marie Kondo said it best, “ The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don’t.”

FirstService Residential: WMCCAI Expo Raffle Donations

For every raffle entry we get at the WMCCAI Expo we will donate $5 to Alice Ferguson Foundation to promote the environmental sustainability of the Potomac River Watershed.

Planned Companies: Helping Beautify Local Parks and Beaches as Part of #CleanUpWeek

Planned Companies demonstrated its commitment to Our Environment during a recent series of events in support of #CleanUpWeek. Company volunteers cleaned up parks and beaches to support this important initiative, and experienced a fun team building event at the same time.

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Planned Companies: New Jersey Office Cleans Pennington Park for National Clean Up Week

On Friday, September 27, 2019, associates from our Parsippany and Freehold, NJ corporate offices gathered to clean Pennington Park in Paterson. From 11am-3pm the team participated in scavenger hunts around the park, collecting items such as: bottle caps, soda cans, plastic bags, juice boxes, cardboard boxes and more.

In total, 26 bags of trash was collected from the park!

Planned Companies: New York Office Cleans Millar Park for National Clean Up Week

On Thursday, September 26, 2019, Planned associates from our Brooklyn office gathered at Miller Park in Staten Island for a day of cleaning and giving back to our environment. From 11am-3pm, the team participated in scavenger hunts, collecting bottle caps, soda cans, paper bags, cardboard boxes and more.

In total, 20 bags of garbage was collected.

Pillar To Post: Volunteers Needed for CleanUp Day

Pillar To Post will be participating in National CleanUp Week as part of our Social Purpose to #FirstServeOthers.  We invite you to beautify our surroundings at our Home Office in Toronto.  Participants will…

  • Enjoy pizza for lunch

  • Receive a gift

  • Participate in a Scavenger Hunt (there will be a prize)

This event begins on Thursday, September 26th at 11:00am ET.  For more information, please contact the organizer below.