FirstService Residential: Alberta Market 2020 Adopt-A-Family

Date: November 17, 2020-December 3, 2020

Due to COVID-19, the way we donate to our Adopt-A-Family will look slightly different this year as Closer to Home cannot take in-kind donations. Instead, we will have a Fundraiser Donation Page (see link above).

For 2020 we are adopting a family of 4! Our goal is to raise $625.00+ by December 3, 2020. If we raise over this amount, the excess will go towards their Season of Hope Fund (this supports families throughout the year).

We have divided the Alberta market into the following teams:

Team 1 – Lauren and Rob with the Community Managers and Sales & Leasing Team 2 – Dana with the CSS Team, Crystal, Paige, and Kathleen Team 3 – Karen with Accounting (both Property and ARA) Team 4 – Andrew and Avery with Multi-Residential Associates Team 5 – Glenne and Andrea/Shylin with Concierge, Building Operators, and all other On-Site Staff

The goal for each group to raise $125.00+. Each Team Leader (along with the other Team Leads in their departments) are encouraged to make it fun! Let’s see what team can reach (and hopefully surpass) their goal! It has been a crazy year, and giving back allows us to help make a family’s Christmas! #FirstServeOthers

FirstService Residential: Running Across America Virtual 5K

Across the country on June 6, we’ll take to the streets, trails, and paths via the Virtual Race app. It’s like a traditional 5k—friendly competition, t‑shirts, finish line selfies—only you pick the route.

To join the race, you must first register on this site. After registration, you’ll get a text with a unique code and instructions to download the Virtual Race app we use for the event. From there you can create a team and challenge friends to join you virtually.

When it’s time for the event, you lace up your shoes and activate the race tracker in the app. It’ll let you know as you make progress toward 5 kilometers on whatever route you choose in your neighborhood. After you’re done running, we’ll show you how you performed versus others on the leaderboard. Challenge a friend and see who’s faster. Or just stretch your legs and get some fresh air. Plus, just like a regular race, you can get a t-shirt and medal to commemorate the time.

We’re thanking Essential Workers with free registration and also supporting Feeding America.

FirstService Residential: Red Nose Day May 21st

California Closets: Collecting Donations for Pace Center for Girls in Southwest Florida

Through the end of August, California Closets of Southwest Florida will be hosting its 4th annual clothing drive in support of Pace Center for Girls.

Donated clothing, shoes, handbags, and jewelry will be delivered to Pace’s upcoming annual Love That Dress event during which community members can purchase tickets to “shop” the collected items. All proceeds support Pace’s ongoing mission to aid women ages 11-18 who are struggling with poverty, substance abuse, domestic violence, foster home placement, neglect, grief, incarceration of a family member and physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.

In exchange for a clothing donation, California Closets’ local clients can receive up to 15% off their next project.

California Closets of Southwest Florida is the largest single contributor to the clothing drive and owner Suzi Woods sits on the board.

DO YOU HAVE CLOTHING TO DONATE? If so, please send donations to Pace Center for Girls, 3800 Evans Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33901.

You can also join the donation drive virtually: Use the hashtag #makespaceforpace and post a video of yourself “making space for Pace” as you clean out your own closets. Challenge your friends to do the same.

FirstService Residential: Brightens the Holidays for Foster Kids in Miami

FirstService Residential: Bringing Holiday Cheer to Dallas Seniors with “Cards for a Cause”

Here at the Dallas office, we are celebrating the “5 Days of Christmas!”

Each department hosts a “day” in December leading up to Christmas.

For the first day, the marketing department hosted an event called “Cards for a Cause.” Associates wrote almost 100-holiday cards to local seniors served by Monarch Pavilion Rehabilitation Suites in Dallas.

Some of the associates will later take the cards to the senior residents in person to spread holiday cheer! To make the event more festive, associates enjoyed a peppermint, candy cane, and marshmallow-filled hot cocoa bar while writing the cards.


FirstService Residential: Dallas Toys for Tots Toy Drive

Toys galore! The Texas Region is holding a Marine Toys for Tots Toy Drive. The primary goal of the Toy Drive is to make the holiday season a little brighter for local families in need.

To encourage even more associates to get involved, the Drive is a contest among all the Texas markets. The market that collects the most toys by December 13th wins an exciting prize!

A great way to work together as a region and “Be Genuinely Helpful” to the less fortunate this holiday season.

To get more information about this event please contact

FirstService Residential: Hosting Teddy Bear Drive to Support The Center for Child Protection

FirstService Residential is hosting a Teddy Bear Drive to benefit Travis County child abuse victims.

The Center for Child Protection is a nationally accredited children’s advocacy center and the only non-profit in Travis County involved in the investigation of crimes against children. For more than 30 years, the Center has been the first stop for children in Travis County who are suspected victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse and for children who have witnessed a violent crime. Every month, more than 300 child victims and their siblings receive a teddy bear or stuffed animal after visiting the Center. The teddy bear provides comfort and a sense of safety during a difficult time, and it represents a new beginning for these children.

With a continually increasing number of children visiting the Center each day, we are asking for support in keeping their teddy bear and stuffed animals supply fully stocked. We are asking for new stuffed animals only please and have provided a wish list for easy ordering to send bears directly to our collection office (link below).

Bears can also be dropped of during normal business hours to the Austin office: 7 Lakeway Centre Court, Ste. 102, Lakeway, Texas 78734.

FirstService Residential: Join Us at the Community Walk for Phoenix Children’s Hospital

The 3rd annual Pima Center Community Walk presented by Plexus will once again benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital. This event welcomes employees, local businesses, and the community to support health and wellness for all children and raise much-needed funds for Phoenix Children’s to provide hope, healing, and the best health care for patients and their families.

FirstService Residential is sponsoring 22 associates to participate in the walk.


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Individual participant: $25 includes event t-shirt, water and snacks

FirstService Residential: Gift Drive for Phoenix Children’s Hospital during the Arizona Conference & Exposition

Arizona’s 7th annual Conference & Exposition is on November 8th if you are interested in going please register

Join us in supporting a wonderful cause. Bring any new and unwrapped gifts or gift cards to this year’s Arizona Conference & Exposition and we will donate them to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, which provides hope, healing, and healthcare to children of all ages. Below is a list of items to donate:

Gift Cards

Target, Walmart, Amazon, Starbucks, Dutch Bros., Dunkin’ Donuts, ColdStone Creamery, Chipotle, Pizza Hut Dominoes, Best Buy, Chick-Fil-A, Jersey Mike’s, H&M, Forever 21, Aeropostale, Old Navy, JC Penny’s, Justice, Tilly’s, Foot Locker, Finish Line, Kohl’s, Harkins Theaters, AMC Theaters, Subway, McDonald’s, Fry’s, Safeway, MasterCard/Visa, itune’s, Google Play, Bath & Body Works, PlayStation Plus / XBOX LIVE – subscription, Walgreens.


  • Wubba Nubs – pacifiers

  • Infant rattles/teething toys

  • Sound soothers

  • Musical and light-up toys

  • Crib aquariums/Sound machines

  • Infant stimulation toys (black, red and white)

  • Infant mirrors

  • Infant kick and play’s/Activity gyms

  • Lula vibe/vibrating stuffed animals


  • Little people

  • Mega blocks

  • Musical and light-up toys

  • Pop-up toys

  • Musical/talking play phones

  • Books (touch & feel, pop-up, musical)

  • Paw Patrol

  • Bubbles

  • Shape sorters and stacking toys

  • Vinyl play/Tumbling floor mats (No larger than 5×5)

  • DVD movies (Baby Einstein, Elmo, Mickey Mouse, Backyardigans)

Pre-School Age

  • Popular action figures (Superheroes, Transformers, DC Comic Heroes, Avengers, Marvel Comics, Ninja Turtles, etc.)

  • Lego buckets, sets (small and large) and people

  • Duplos

  • Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars and tracks

  • DVD movies (newer releases, G and PG rated)

  • My Little Pony toys

  • Baby dolls and accessories

  • Plastic cars and trucks

  • Magna Doodles

  • Plastic animals

  • Littlest Pet Shop

  • Dinosaurs

  • Bubbles

  • Books (interactive, musical, pop-up books, Spanish)

  • Playdoh and tools

  • Pretend play (doctor kits, play food)

School Age

  • Lego sets (Star Wars, Transformers, Bionicles, sets 250+ pieces, etc.)

  • Legos

  • Action figures (Superheroes: Spiderman, Batman, Superman, Avenger Characters)

  • Transformers

  • Black velvet fuzzy posters

  • DVD movies (newer releases, G and PG rated)

  • XBOX 360 and PS4 games

  • Craft/Art kits (snap model airplanes, model cars, etc.)

  • Sticker books

  • Books (I Spy, chapter books, etc.)

  • Beading kits

  • Paint by number sets

  • Remote control cars

  • Playdoh and tools

  • Pillow Pets

  • Hello Kitty items

  • Hair accessories

  • Barbies and Barbie accessories

  • American Girl dolls

  • Pokémon figurines/cards

  • Kinetic sand


  • iTunes or Google Play gift cards

  • Gift cards in lower price ranges (See list)

  • DVD movies (newer releases, up to PG-13 rated)

  • Video games: XBox 1, PS4, XBox 360, Wii (Rated E +10 and below)

  • Playing and UNO cards

  • Bath gels, lotions, nail polish and remover

  • Diaries/Journals

  • Headphones/earbuds

  • Coloring pencils

  • Phone chargers – iPad, iPhone, Android

  • Remote control cars and trucks

  • Craft/Art kits (beading, model airplanes/cars, etc.)

  • Portable DVD players

  • Teen coloring books

  • Mazes

  • Crossword/Sudoku Books

  • Gel Pens

Arts, Crafts and Creative Items

  • Mod Podge

  • Acrylic paint

  • Paintbrushes

  • Card Stock in assorted colors

  • Woodcrafts

  • Puffy Paint

  • Window Markers

  • Dot paints

  • Glue (tacky, glitter)

  • Boxes/Photo frames to decorate

  • Wooden frames

  • Beading items

  • Individual craft kits

  • Markers (dry-erase, washable, fabric, Sharpie, paint, crayons, etc.)

  • Googly eyes, rhinestones, sequin decorations, etc.

  • Sketchbooks and pencils

  • White and colored poster paper

  • Watercolor paper

  • Black fuzzy posters

  • Duct tape crafts

  • Lanyard kits

  • Construction paper

  • Small scissors (Fiskars)

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  • Gift cards (Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon, Harkins, AMC)

  • School supplies (mechanical pencils, file pocket folders, spiral notebooks, drawing paper)

  •  Scientific calculators

  • Canvas frames for painting

  • GED and AIMS study guides

  • Hands-on learning activity kits

  • Backpacks

  • Teen books

  • Current popular novels

  • Magic tree house

  • Captain Underpants

Miscellaneous Used Throughout the Year

  • iTunes or Google Play gift cards

  • Gift cards (See list – in smaller denominations)

  • iPads

  • Beanie Babies

  • Canon photo paper

  • Stress/squeeze balls

  • Spinning light up globe toys (especially Disney)

  • Stickers

  • Playdoh

  • Hair supplies (detangler, hairbrushes, combs, etc.)

  • Nail Polish

  • Underwear / Socks (variety of sizes)

  • T-shirts (boys & girls teen – all sizes)

  • Basketball shorts

  • Yoga pants


  • UNO

  • Playing cards

  • Spot it

  • Sorry

  • Guess Who

  • Trouble

  • Headbands

  • Monopoly

  • Connect Four

  • Dominoes

  • Apples to Apples/Sour Apples

  • Who knew?

  • Scattagories

  • Battleship

  • Break the Ice

  • Life

  • Scrabble

  • Risk

  • Crazy 8

  • Bounce Off

  • Chess

  • Checkers

  • Phase 10

  • Pop the Pig