CertaPro: Duluth & Norcross, GA Winter Coat Drive

Please join us in donating a new or gently used warm coat!

As a THANK YOU for donating, we are offering $100 off your next painting project with the donation of a coat. We will be collecting from November 20, 2020, until January 15, 2021. To donate, you can:

Drop Off at 3460 Summit Ridge Parkway, Suite 602, Duluth, GA 30096 – put the coat inside the box outside the door or you can give the coat to your crew leader or sales associate and they will bring it to the office.

Contact is Anne Marie Siegel (asiegel@certapro.com) and website is https://certapro.com/norcross/community/2020-winter-coat-drive/

FirstService: Toronto Boys & Girls Club Holiday Hamper Campaign

FirstService is pleased to present an opportunity to help kids in need this holiday season. Due to COVID, the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs isn’t accepting gift donations for its Holiday Hamper program at this time, but is requesting monetary donations instead. We’ve set a collective goal to raise $1,000, which will brighten the holidays for four deserving kids.

There are two ways we will raise money: Individual fundraising efforts and a Team Jeopardy Trivia Challenge.

  • Individual Fundraising Efforts

If you are interested in making a monetary donation, please visit https://www.believeinkids.ca/get-involved/2020-holiday-hamper and add “FSV” to the message section. Donors and amounts are anonymous, but by including FSV, Kiwanis will be able to provide us with an accounting of what we donated so we will know if our goal has been met. Please feel free to share this link on your social networks and with family and friends who might be looking for a great cause to support.

We are also planning a fun teambuilding activity to help raise money.

  • Team Jeopardy Trivia Challenge

On Friday, November 27 at 12:30 pm, FirstService department teams will compete in an online Jeopardy-style competition via Zoom to correctly answer trivia questions. Each team will have one minute to answer their question. FSV will provide a monetary match for correctly answered questions!

LIVunLtd: Help Provide Hygiene Kits for Homeless Community

LIV is proud to partner with New York City Relief Fund in support of those struggling with homelessness within our community.

This is our 3rd year partnering with New York City Relief Fund and due to the current climate, we will not be collecting travel-size hygiene products. Instead, we are encouraging our network to donate directly towards the relief fund today through January 15, 2021. 

If you are interested in supporting this great cause, check out LIVunLtd’s fundraising page.

Thank you for your support of our community’s homeless citizens.

FirstService Brands: 1st Annual Get in the Mood & Donate Some Food Drive

FirstService Brands invites all of its team members to join together to help those in need during these unprecedented times. 

From November 2 – December 11 offices and individuals are encouraged to collect food and other necessities and donate to the local food pantry of their choice. Together, we can help those struggling in our communities.

Suggested donations include:

  • Canned Goods
  • Packaged Goods
  • Beverages
  • Cardboards
  • Toiletries
  • Footwear
  • Medical Supplies

We encourage you to take pictures of your donations and share them with the organizer and/or on your social media channels using the hashtag #FirstServeOthers.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Wendy Bauman, the event organizer, below.

 

American Pool: Virtual Food Drive to Benefit Local Food Banks

American Pool offices are banding together to help alleviate hunger in our community by hosting a virtual food drive for the local food banks. You may be asking yourself, “what the heck is a virtual food drive?” Let me explain. Like a traditional food drive, virtual food drives help bring food to hungry children and families in our community. But instead of purchasing and donating a canned item, you can simply purchase a “virtual can” online. 

In Maryland alone, the need for food donations has doubled from previous years, and we haven’t even approached the fall and winter holidays yet. The Maryland Food Bank not only provides canned and other non perishable items to those in need, but they also prepare meals for distribution as well. Due to the pandemic, they are in great need of volunteers. If you’re so moved, you can sign up to help HERE.

Did you know 1 in 6 people in America face hunger? Thankfully, organizations like our local food bank are working hard to end hunger. Every day, they provide meals to children and families who are food insecure — while also working to solve the root causes of hunger.

Our teams have committed to raise $8,000 for our virtual food drive by December 15th. Can you make a donation right now to help us reach our goal?

American Pool Maryland 

American Pool of Southern NJ 

American Pool Pittsburgh

American Pool North Carolina

American Pool New Jersey

 Thank you so much for your support of our social purpose endeavor! 

FirstService Residential: Thanksgiving Food Drive

Please show your support and help feed the hungry by donating non-perishable food and personal care items to Fulfill (formerly The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties)!

Most needed items:

  • Tuna and Other Canned Meats
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Canned Soups, Stews and Sauce
  • Rice, Pasta, Mac & Cheese and Dried Beans
  • Hot & Cold Cereals
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Protein & Cereal Bars
  • Snack Cakes, Pies and Pudding
  • Baby Food and Formula
  • Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Socks, Soap, Shampoo & Deodorant

Donations may be dropped off through November 20 at:

FirstService Residential, 21 Christopher Way, Eatontown, NJ 07724

Poolman: Join Our Donation Drive to Help Andre House

Poolman Arizona is lending their team of helping hands to the André House located in Phoenix. André House refers to themselves as “A House of Hospitality” providing their services to hundreds of people in need everyday. Founded in 1984, Andre House provides crucial quality of life services to our community’s most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness that demonstrate the  love, kindness, respect and dignity that everyone deserves. Our mission is to make God known, loved and served by feeding, clothing, and comforting the most vulnerable among us, offering dignity and hospitality to all who pass through our door. They serve 550 guests dinner daily, over 170,000 yearly, they clean over 1800 loads of laundry a year, provide more than 7,400 showers, and have provided more than 7,700 sets of clothing to their guests yearly.

Poolman has begun collecting a designated list of most needed items at their offices located at 3242 S. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85040.  They will wrap up their drive on November 20th.

Customers can leave items at the skimmer of their pool, and our team will bring into the office

The most needed items they’ll be collecting are:

  • Face/wash cloths

  • Family Size Bottles of Shampoo

  • Family Size Bottles of Conditioner

  • Deodorant

  • Men’s Pants 28 – 34 Waist

  • Men’s Belts

  • Sweatshirts – Men’s and Women’s

  • Backpacks

California Closets: Supporting Men of Valor and Helping Shape Better Futures

California Closets Tennessee

L-R: Nick Aprile, Master Installer; Alex Martinez, Shop Forman (and installer); Tom Maline, Director of Operations

Following up on its 2018 involvement with Nashville-based Men of Valor’s Phase 1 housing build, California Closets of Tennessee recently completed the installation of 33 more closets in the Phase 2 building, Valor Ridge. This brings its total contribution to 93 new closets — with all materials and labor given free of charge. 

The new residential spaces at Valor Ridge will provide housing for participants in Men of Valor’s year-long prison aftercare and re-entry program. The recidivism rate (prisoners rearrested after release) in Tennessee is 51 percent. The recidivism rate for graduates of the Men of Valor program is less than 10 percent. 

“We are excited to continue to support the life-changing work of Men of Valor,” says CCTN Owner Kurt Schusterman. “California Closets of Tennessee is committed to looking for ways to give back to others who are making an impact in our community. Clearly, the Men of Valor team is doing just that. This was a team effort and is a great example of living out our company values.”

Additionally, Kurt and his team were thrilled to get the support of CC vendors to help make this possible, including DixiePly for wood product, Valendrawers for the drawers, Salice for the runners, and TAG hardware for poles and other hardware.

“As a faith-based nonprofit we are always grateful for donations,” said David Miller, Men of Valor’s Development Director. “We appreciate California Closets of Tennessee once again stepping forward to support our mission by donating closets for the second phase of housing at our Valor Ridge community.”

CertaPro: Company Painter Provides Food and Necessities to Those in Need in El Salvador

We love sharing stories of how our team members find their own Social Purpose.  Efrain Montoya,  a painter with CertaPro in Thousand Oaks, CA, wanted to help those in need in El Salvador. Efrain, whose brother lives there, has been collecting monetary donations here in the United States and and sending the money to his brother in El Salvador. His brother uses the money to buy groceries and other essentials for those in need. Many of the people they help are extremely impoverished, living in shacks in rural areas with no easy access or means to obtain food or other supplies.

Kudos to Efrain and his brother for identifying a way they can help people and putting together a plan to make a difference in their lives.

 Many of the supply deliveries have been recorded, and can be viewed below.

 

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.”