FirstService Residential: Red Nose Day May 21st

Planned Companies: Donating protective masks to community facilities

Rob Francis donates 2,000 to post acute care center

Rob Francis, President and CEO of Planned Companies, donates 2,000 protective masks to Atrium Post Acute Care

Planned Companies continues to demonstrate its commitment to protecting its own team members during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, but it’s also giving back to support communities in need. Many who are in greatest need of PPE are challenged to obtain it. This potentially life-saving equipment is in short supply in many parts of the country.

On Friday, April 24,  Planned Companies President and CEO Rob Francis presented donations of valuable protective masks to Atrium Post-Acute Care of Park Ridge and the New Jersey Veterans Home at Paramus.

Each facility received 2,000 masks.

Planned Companies has also launched an educational series designed to provide up-to-date and relevant information to help everyone through the current crisis. Click here for links to valuable resources or recorded webinars. 

   

FirstService Residential: Supporting Community Access in NYC

Community Access expands opportunities for people living with mental concerns to recover from trauma and discrimination through affordable housing, training, advocacy and healing-focused services.

Currently, 1,600 people call the Community Access facility home. They are in need of supplies, and we hope you can help.

  • Masks: They are in need of 5,000 cloth face coverings. You can send them from an online retailer or make your own in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Hygiene kits: Residents are in need of basic toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and more. You can put together small kits for each person in need.
  • Little things for entertainment: Most of the residents are alone during this time so any games, cards or crafts could truly brighten their day.

If none of these options work for you, we are also accepting monetary donations.

If you would like to participate contact Mandy Shafer (mandy.shafer@fsresidential)  in Human Resources for more details. The goal is to start distributing supplies ASAP and continue throughout the month of May.

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.

CertaPro Painters of Minnetonka, MN: Supporting the ICA Food Shelf

CertaPro Painters of Minnetonka franchisees Cheri and Randy Louwagie are proud to support the noble work of the ICA Food Shelf. 

ICA Food Shelf offers hope as they provide assistance to those in need. We understand this and have donated $500 outright and will donate $50 for every exterior project completed by May 31, 2020. Please join us to support those in need!

Call today for your free estimate 952-994-4443 or visit minnetonka.certapro.com to schedule online. We are currently offering virtual estimates. 

  

California Closets: Oregon Team Donates 1,278 Pairs of Shoes for Soles4Soles

“Something as simple as a pair of shoes can make a big difference.”

People living in poverty want better lives but many lack opportunity. Soles4Souls turns unwanted shoes and clothing into hope, by keeping them from going to waste and putting them to good use – providing relief, creating jobs, and empowering people to break the cycle of poverty.

Oregon General Manager, Nicole Kypreos, and her team recently collected and donated 1,278 shoes during their annual Soles4Souls shoe drive, that wrapped up in January.

Shoes translate to basic essentials for families in need in the developing world. The shoes donated benefit Soles4Souls’ international micro-enterprise program, which offers a powerful and sustainable path for people to create small businesses, selling shoes to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

The shoes donated by the Oregon team will create enough income to provide a full year of food, shelter, and education for a family in need. What a powerful way to collaborate to help design better lives.

Thank you to Nicole Kypreos and her entire team for helping to make such a positive difference in the lives of these families in need.

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.

FirstService Residential: Help Victims of Trauma and Abuse through The SAFE Alliance Basic Needs Drive

FirstService Residential Austin, TX is conducting a drive to collect items for The SAFE Alliance (The Stop Abuse for Everyone Alliance) from February 3rd to February 26th. The SAFE Alliance is a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, both long-standing and respected human service agencies in Austin serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence. The SAFE Alliance provides comprehensive services to survivors of trauma and abuse. They advocate for improved response systems for those whose lives are touched by violence and abuse while working to create just and safe communities. They provide housing, healing and support via the Austin Children’s Shelter and SAFE campuses.

The Austin team is requesting the following items to assist with basic needs in the facilities:

• Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion • Brushes, hair accessories, and hair products • OTC medications (vitamins, aspirin, allergy) • Sizes 4, 5, & 6 diapers, pull-ups, and baby wipes • Toddler meals & snacks • Pantry items (boxed meals, canned meat, cereal) • Individually packaged snacks (granola bars, fruit bars, etc) • Toiler paper, paper towels, & tissue

Austin’s Lakeway office will collect all items and drop off at the facility at the completion of the drive.

California Closets: Commitments to Excellence and Sustainability Go Hand-in-Hand

When people think of California Closets, impeccable craftsmanship, exceptional design and high-quality materials often come to mind. Maintaining its reputation for excellence is a priority shared by everyone throughout the organization. One of the ways the company does that is by ensuring the materials used in its installations are free of flaws and defects.

Kelly Gray, Purchasing Manager, California Closets

Kelly Gray, Purchasing Manager

When Kelly Gray, an Arizona-based purchasing manager for California Closets, received a material shipment this past December, she immediately identified an issue. Although the structure and base of the material core was good, a large area on the surface had displeasing spotting which made it unusable for California Closets.

The supplier refunded the cost of the material but Kelly’s team was faced with the dilemma of what to do with it. Disposing of it would not only be costly, it would also be in conflict with the company’s commitment to support sustainability. After some brainstorming, Kelly’s team identified two charitable organizations that would be able to use the material: Habitat for Humanity and Stardust.

“We have been collaborating as a team to find ways to support sustainability and the community, and this accomplished both targets. The product we contributed will essentially help to ‘design better lives’ and aligns our brand with other organizations who share our values,” said Kelly.

Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. They envision a world where everyone has a decent place to live, and are dedicated to building, renovating, and repairing simple, decent, and affordable homes for families of modest means. Gifts from individuals, companies, and faith groups provide the necessary funding needed to support the mission of Habitat for Humanity.

Stardust is a non-profit organization in Arizona that believes that deconstruction and reuse policies and practices can drive economic prosperity, while avoiding unnecessary waste. Stardust operates two reuse centers for home improvement, which sell gently-used, salvaged, and surplus building materials at affordable prices. Additionally, Stardust provides deconstruction services that salvage building materials, diverts waste from landfills, and supports sustainability in the community.

Kelly’s team donated more than 300 boards to both organizations, an inventory valued at $10,000-$12,000!

CertaPro: Join Us to Raise Funds for Kids Comfort for Cancer

Please join us for a fun, family night of great food, spirits, raffles, games, silent auctions, and DJ. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the patients of Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Tickets are $45 for adults or $80 per couple and $20 for children.

100% of the proceeds of sponsorship contributions and other donations will go directly to the brave patients at Fox Chase Cancer Center in loving memory of Traci DiStefano. For more information, please visit tracistribe.org.