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: Food and Clothing Drive

We are doing a dual Social Purpose event alongside our Social Committee Bake Sale. We are doing a food drive to go to the Veteran’s Food Bank and a clothing drive to go to the Calgary Drop-In Centre.

CertaPro: Community Day supporting Habitat for Humanity of Kent County – Volunteers Needed!

We have partnered with Grand Rapids Habitat for Humanity and will be assisting in painting (interior) homes in the neighborhood. We will provide you with all the paint, warm work area, safe work area, lunch / snacks and a good time. Just bring your tools (sprayers) and get ready to demonstrate your expertise.

Contact Mark Williamson mwilliamson@certapro.com for location details if you would like to volunteer.

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!

Floor Coverings International: Helping to Feed Atlanta’s Homeless Community

Floor Coverings International will be volunteering at the Central Night Shelter in downtown Atlanta, GA on the following dates: 1/3, 1/27, 2/17, 2/25, 3/9, & 3/23.  We will be providing food and serving dinner and dessert to the area’s homeless community. In addition, we will be supplying packed lunches for them to take with them so they have a nourishing meal the following day. 

Please contact our event organizer below if you’d like to volunteer with us.

   

All Florida Pools: Toy Drive Makes a Big Splash

Kudos to the team at All Florida Pools for organizing a very successful toy drive in support of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.  The team collected more than 100 toys to brighten the holidays for deserving children in the local community.  In addition to collecting toys, the team set up a fundraising page and will match all toy and cash donations received at the end of December. 

During the months of October, November and December, All Florida Pools set up a collection box in its retail location for customers and staff members to use for their donations. This was a wonderful way to bring the team together and #FirstServeOthers.

FirstService Residential: Supporting Deserving Families Through Annual LifeNet4Families Food Drive Donation

We donate to LifeNet4Families every year around Thanksgiving to help those who need it the most. We collect non-perishables or any dollar amount. We will be collecting non-perishables or money donations from  December 9th until the 20th. Please contact Diana Sanchez if you have any questions.