Paul Davis: Bringing Teams Together to Support Hurricane Ida Victims

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ida’s devastating blow to communities in Louisiana and Mississippi, Scott Brooks, Jake Wilson and Amelia Podojil sprang into action. The team organized a water donation drive to provide water to residents facing unimaginable conditions as a result of this monstrous storm.  

The team set an ambitious goal was to quickly fill one truck with 1,000 cases of water. As a result of the generosity of the Paul Davis corporate team, many Paul Davis Owners, FirstService sister Brands, and the Jacksonville Community, the team doubled its goal and delivered 2,654 cases of water to storm victims. Floor Coverings International stepped up and provided 450 cases, and Mickey McHenry of Paul Davis South Atlanta generously donated 300 cases.

As a result, hundreds of people impacted by Hurricane Ida will be able to drink, cook, and bathe with clean water.  Thank you to the Paul Davis team and everyone involved who showed what it means to #FirstServeOthers! 

The team at Paul Davis are experts at quickly mitigating the impacts of fire, floods and other disasters. In March of this year, the team worked with a beer distributor to deliver more than 1,300 cases of water to Houston-area residents impacted by the snow and ice storm. 

FirstService Relief Fund Provides Peace of Mind to Employee Recovering from Emergency Surgery

CD works as a financial analyst with FirstService Residential New York. When she learned about the FirstService Relief Fund, she elected to set up automatic payroll donations so she could help colleagues facing personal financial crises. She never expected to find herself in need of a grant just a few years later.

CD recently experienced a medical emergency requiring surgery and hospitalization. We all know how quickly hospital bills can add up, and they can be financially crippling, even with good health insurance. While she was coping with her recovery, the mounting hospital bills created a lot of added stress and anxiety for her.

“I’m very grateful for the Relief Fund. Knowing that I would receive financial help to get me through a very difficult time gave me peace of mind,” said CD.  “The process of applying was very straightforward, and I would encourage anyone who finds themselves in need of a grant to carefully review the instructions and make sure you have the proper documentation when you submit your application.”

In order to receive a grant, applicants must provide proof of financial hardship and be able to produce invoices that support their claim. We have put together a handy Application Checklist & Process Overview  which we encourage everyone to review. Knowing what is required to receive a grant will help streamline the process and ensure grant recipients are paid quickly. In fact, when an applicant is able to provide all necessary documentation, grants can be approved and paid in as little as a week, which is a tremendous help to those facing financial hardship.

The FirstService Relief Fund was established to help employees and employees of franchises who are facing financial hardship immediately after a disaster or unforeseen personal hardship. Grants range from $500 to $3,000 and are paid directly to vendors such as hospitals and landlords. If you are facing personal hardship we encourage you to consider the FirstService Relief Fund. And if you are able to donate, please consider doing so. Every dollar donated goes to help our people in need, and no amount is too small. For more information, please visit www. firstservicerelief.com.

Floor Coverings International Helps Feed Needy Families

In March, 2020 Solidarity Sandy Springs was founded as a food pantry to provide assistance to families facing food insecurity during COVID shutdowns. Over time it has grown to also help provide school supplies for children. Support from the community has been inspiring, and today Solidarity Sandy Springs receives donations from schools, churches, synagogues and companies, as well as individuals. The support from the community has allowed the organization to obtain a van which is used to pick up donations throughout the community.

In August, the team at Floor Coverings International launched a donation drive to support Solidarity. The company hosted a potluck luncheon and encouraged team members to bring in donations for Solidarity Sandy Springs. The event generated more than four shopping carts filled with groceries and other essentials for families in need. 

Floor Coverings International volunteers hard at work sorting items for Solidarity Sandy Springs

Lee Smith of Floor Coverings International is joined by representatives from Solidarity Sandy Springs

Truck bed filled with donated food items

Loading the truck with much needed food items for needy families

“Solidarity was THRILLED with our donations,” said Lee Smith, corporate bookkeeper at Floor Coverings International. “We are looking forward to hosting another donation drive to support this great organization in the future.”

For information on how you can help Solidarity Sandy Springs, please visit their website

Charlotee’s Dress for Success Clothing Drive

Join our Charlotte, NC office in their Dress for Success Clothing Drive. Donate your gently used clothing to give women a new start. Items needed: suits, professional separates, blouses, slacks, skirts, dresses, blazers, jackets, work appropriate shoes, jewelry, scarves and handbags. All donations must be received by June 19 at 5:00 p.m. at our Charlotte office.

CertaPro: Supporting Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services Center through Painting

CertaPro is proud to support the fundraising efforts of Youth Services, the place to turn to for mental health services for children and adolescents in Chicago’s northern suburbs.

The team at Certa doing what they do best — painting! Certa is joining other local businesses to bring joy in May by painting windows on downtown businesses. Local children will be paired with businesses to help on May 13, 14 and 15th. 

During the week of May 17 through May 23, the community will be invited to walk the painted window path for a fun scavenger hunt and visit stores for special promotions.

Did you know 53% of children ages 3-17 have one or more emotional, behavioral or development condition? Youth Services provides individual and group counseling, development and mentoring programs, crisis intervention, study buddies, a pride youth group and educational outreach programs to help children and adolescents. The organization works with insurance companies and offers a sliding fee scale, to help provide care to families of all means.

Earth Day 2021: Sustainability Tips from California Closets Team Members

We’d like to thank Sara Scoville and Michael Swalberg from California Closets for sharing some of their tips for living more environmentally friendly lifestyles. Hope you enjoy this short video!      

TLS: Pen Pal Initiative for Seniors and Assisted Living Center Residents

TLS is launching a company-wide campaign to encourage company “Moment Makers” to send cards, letters, drawings and crafts to residents of local senior and assisted living facilities. This is a fun way to introduce children to our Social Purpose and let them show off their drawing and craft skills. Moment Makers who wish to engage in ongoing communications with residents are encouraged to include their mailing address for return letters.

During this time of social isolation, this is a wonderful way for our team members to #FirstServeOthers while brightening the days of seniors in the community.

Planned Companies: Promoting Wellness with Virtual Yoga

Planned Companies is committed to encouraging its team members to adopt health and wellness practices through a series of team activities. March’s activity is virtual yoga. Every Thursday in March, Benefits Specialist Lisseth Montecinos, will guide participants through a virtual yoga class. All levels are invited to participate and cameras are optional. 

   

Planned Companies: Virtual Love Themed Happy Hour

Planned is spreading love this Valentine’s Day and inviting team members to join a special Virtual Happy Hour.

In addition to enjoying their favorite libations, team members will be asked to share what they love most about Planned and what they love most about their lives! Cheers to spreading positivity and love!

Planned Companies: Get Moving with PlannedFit

As part of a continuous focus on health and well-being, Planned launched PlannedFit, which offers a fun and competitive challenge to get team members moving — and win prizes too! Each week the team is challenged to see who can take the most steps. Using any step tracking app on their smart phone, team members will take a screen shot of their weekly step count and send it to the benefits team along with their name and employee ID. The employee with the most steps each week will win a $25 gift card!