TLS: Holiday Cariboulation – Annual Food Drive

Join TLS in its continuing efforts to help community members facing food insecurity.

The team has launched a Caring Celebration, or “Holiday Cariboulation,” and is encouraging employees of TLS and other FirstService companies to consider donating food items. The team has set a collective goal to collect 500 items to donate to local food banks.

Now through December 11, you are invited to drop off non-perishable food items including fruits and vegetables, lactose and gluten free items, and healthy breakfast cereals in the drop box outside the TLS office in London.

On December 13, from 1-2 the team will gather for a Virtual Cariboulation. If you are interested in participating, please contact Stephanie Thomson, the event organizer, below and she will send you a meeting invite with Zoom link.

 

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

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.

CertaPro: Join Us for the Charleston Basket Brigade

Want to help low income families enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal? Then join us for the Charleston Basket Brigade!

This is a partnership with the local school district for low income school age children. Volunteers assemble a Thanksgiving boxed meal for families that would not otherwise have a meal on Thanksgiving day.

We’ll be in Exhibit Hall C at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Super Restoration: Working Together to Feed 307 Starving Children for an Entire Year

It was all hands on deck on Saturday, November 23, 2019 when more than 528 volunteers came together to pack 112,104 meals to feed 307 starving children throughout the world for an entire year! 

In addition to the food packed, the team raised more than $30,000 to help fund the noble work of Feed My Starving Children.

“Dear Super Restoration team – THANK YOU! You are all such champions for putting on this event for your community,” said Bethany Durst, Feed My Starving Children eemployee. “It was wonderful serving with you all. This was one of the most efficient packs I’ve done because of your hard prep work. I hope our paths cross again soon!”

This event is meaningful to so many at Super Restoration who demonstrate a commitment to #FirstServeOthers through many activities throughout the year. 

 “This was my second year coordinating the Feed My Starving Children Event to be hosted at Super Restoration. I began working on this year’s event in July 2019. This year, I was able to create and organize more efficiently because I had experience under my belt. It was so amazing to see a lot of hard work and effort come together on the event day,” said Jamie O’Camb, executive assistant to Rene Vargas. ‘When I saw all of the volunteers in our warehouse, it made me so proud to be part of a company that sees the value in giving back to our community. It was such a blessing to meet all of the genuine people and families who took time out of their weekend to help people around the world. Once again, this event made such an impact on me and will be something I continue to support and work on for the years to come!”  

Congrats to the Super Restoration team on an incredibly successful and meaningful event!

Super Restoration and FirstService company leaders rolled up their sleeves to #FirstServeOthers It was a family volunteer event at the Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack
Super Restoration staff helped pack enough meals to feed 3307 children for a year It was a family volunteer event at the Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack

California Closets: Richmond, CA Office 2nd Annual Harvest Food Drive

Give thanks and give back to others throughout the month of November!

From November 4th-20th, the California Closets Richmond, CA offices will be hosting a HARVEST FOOD DRIVE to support The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties. 

Last year, their first food drive collected 222 pounds of food, which is the equivalent of 185 meals!!  

Let’s work together to double our contributions this year by dropping off your non-perishable food items in the collection barrels located in the kitchen/break room and California Closets San Francisco-RBU office areas.

** Please refer to the list of preferred items below and remember, no open food or glass containers. **

For anyone located outside the Richmond, CA offices, please consider donating what you can to your local food banks!

Food Drive Shopping List Ideas:

  • Canned Meat, Fish (tuna and chicken in water) & Soups*

  • Canned Ready to Eat Meals

  • Peanut, Cashew or Almond Butter (plastic container)

  • Canned Vegetables & Tomato Products

  • Iron Rich Cereal (45% or more of daily value)

  • 100% Fruit Juice (48 oz. or less plastic bottles)

  • Canned Fruit (in juice)

  • Dry Beans (any type)

  • Enriched Rice or Pasta

  • Powdered Milk 

*Heart Healthy/Low Sodium preferred

Non- Food Items Also Needed (must be new and unopened package):

  • Toothpaste

  • Diapers

  • Wet Wipes

  • Pet Food

  • Paper Goods

FirstService Residential: Fulfill Food Drive – L.E.A.D.S. 2019

This year FirstService Residential is giving back through Fulfill, NJ. Fulfill’s mission is to alleviate hunger and build food security in Monmouth & Ocean Counties and to make sure that all people at all times have access to enough nutritious food to maintain an active and healthy life.

Join us by bringing one of the following items to registration this year:

  • Canned tuna, chicken & salmon
  • Canned veggies (low sodium, where possible)
  • Cooking oil
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Pancake mix and syrup
  • Peanut butter & jelly
  • Canned fruits (in juice or light syrup)
  • Fruit juice (100% juice)
  • Soups (low sodium, where possible)
  • Hot cereals
  • Cold cereals

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.