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

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.”

FirstService Residential: Arizona Donation for Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH)

FirstService Residential Arizona is seeking cleaning and hygiene products and gift card donations on behalf of the Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) organization. BHGH’s mission is to nurture and guide motivated young people in need to become well-educated, career-ready men and women.

BHGH supports 90 young scholars from 6th grade through college seniors, and 16 of those scholars live in their residential homes. Your support helps provide essentials for all scholars and their families so that they can focus on their education. Thank you in advance for helping this wonderful cause!


Scottsdale Office

9000 E. Pima Center Parkway, Suite 300 Scottsdale, AZ 85358

Peoria Office

19150 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center Dr., Suite 200 Peoria, AZ 85382

Tucson Office

7616 N. La Cholla Boulevard Tucson, AZ 85741

Questions? Contact Julie Geist at

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: Supporting Vulnerable Young Adults through the More Than Words Job Training and Youth Development Program

More Than Words is a job training and youth development program that empowers nearly 350 youth each year to take charge of their lives by taking charge of our $4M bookselling business. They work with the most vulnerable young adults in Greater Boston: those who are in the foster care system, court-involved, homeless, or out of school.

At More Than Words, they earn a paying job, working approximately 20 hours per week in our businesses learning critical customer service, technology, inventory management, and leadership skills. They also work a second paying “YOU” job, attending workshops and site visits and receiving focused support to ensure they persist in school and map plans for their future work, education, and life.

We are donating paperback and hardcover books, CDs and DVDs in their original cases, records, and video games to support this cause. If you have any items you’d like to donate to help in our efforts, please drop them off at the address below between now and December 13.

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: 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

FirstService Residential: We Need your Wands for Wildlife through December 31

Donate your used mascara wands (brushes and eyebrow brushes too). The wands can be used to clean the fur of animals and baby birds of fleas, larvae and other critters. Please send your mascara wands to the Eatontown, NJ, office.

FirstService Residential: Casual Week for a Cause in Dania Beach

We’re going casual to support our associates who are facing personal financial hardships. All associates who sign up to donate $5 through payroll deductions (or who are already doing so) can enjoy a casual week.

All donations go to the FirstService Relief Fund to support associates through financial hardships. This can happen to anyone at any moment from accidents, illness, death in the family, and natural disasters. Read more about how the Relief Fund has helped associates.

Since January 2019, with the help of the current 682 payroll deduction participants, 15 grants with the average grant size of $2,760 have been awarded to FirstService Residential associates through the FirstService Relief Fund.

To learn how you can donate to the Relief Fund please visit

FirstService Residential: Help Us Pack 100,000 Meals for the Needy through Regency Cares

Volunteers will assist River Hills Community Church packing 100,000 meals for the needy/homeless.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please contact the event organizer below.