Daylight Hour 2021

Once again, we are proud to participate in #DaylightHour, a global social media campaign to raise awareness of energy consumption and wellness in the workplace. The concept is simple: On Friday, June 18 from 12-1 local time, turn off the lights in day-lit areas (only where it’s safe to do so!). Participation is easy, whether you are in an office or working remotely: 1) Register your location by completing a short survey. This will help us track participation numbers and calculate our collective impact. 2) Simply turn off lights (only where it’s safe to do so!) in day-lit areas from noon to 1 pm local time. 3) Document your participation with photos and videos tagged on social media with #FirstServeOthers AND #2021DaylightHour. In addition to posting to corporate accounts, encourage your team members to post to their personal accounts also if they are willing. Our goal is to get more than 150 locations signed up across the FirstService organization. Remember, these can be company locations or home offices.   

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. 

   

CertaPro: Supporting Texas Food Banks

Beginning on March 1 and ending on March 8, CertaPro Painters is hosting a virtual food drive for two Texas Food Banks. You can make your donations directly to a food bank from the list below. 

Certa would like to track impact of this initiative.  Simply send a screenshot of your donation to Christy Katubi, the event organizer, so she can keep track 😊

Central Texas Food Bank

Houston Food Bank

Every dollar donated can help create 3- 4 meals and no donation is too small!

Planned Companies: Be a Wellness Warrior

Planned Companies developed its Wellness Warrior program with mental health in mind. Taking care of our mental and physical wellbeing is so important. This program encourages all everyone to take steps toward healthier living.

Planned is suggesting team members try one activities and send a picture of themselves in action to the benefits team. All submissions will receive a $5 gift card and entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift card at the end of the month!

Yoga – helps lower blood pressure, blood cholesterol and blood glucose levels, as well as heart rate

Hiking – In addition to being a fun way to get outdoors and enjoy fresh air, 30 minutes is a powerful cardio exercise that can help lower risk of heart disease and stroke and improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and has an added benefit of boosting your mood

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.

CertaPro: Join Our Toy Drive for Hospitalized Kids

CertaPro Painters® of The North Shore is proud to host a drive to provide toys, activities and comfort items for hospitalized children of all ages, from infants to teens.

Donating is easy! Simply click on the link below and you’ll be connected to Advocate Children’s Hospital’s wish list. Select your items and they will be shipped directly to the hospital in Park Ridge, IL. 

Advocate Children’s Hospital Wish List

  Advocate Children's Hospital logo

Poolman and All Florida Pools Provide Necessities to Homeless Citizens

During the recent holiday season, team members at Poolman and All Florida Pools came up with a novel way to make a difference for homeless members of their communities.  Technicians in Florida, Phoenix, Tucson, San Diego, Texas and Las Vegas were given bags and backpacks containing essential supplies including personal hygiene items, socks, water and certain proteins for food. During their routes, they distributed these bags to homeless community members.
“I have always believed that it is better to Give… Give… Give… before you Get… Get… Get…! Having served on a board that serves the homeless population, I gained first hand knowledge of the critical state that this group lives in on a day-to-day basis,” said President, Residential Aquatics, Vic Valentine. “These are not just homeless people; they are sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers. What a better idea than to rally the troops and not only give to individuals in need, but also serve together for a greater purpose than ourselves. Serving the homeless is a great life lesson in humility as well!”
In total, 672 bags were distributed, making our homeless community members more comfortable and showing them that people care about their wellbeing.

TLS: Holiday “Cariboulation” Food Drive Exceeds Goals

LS CariboulationTLS recently concluded its Caring Celebration, or “Holiday Cariboulation,” to collect food for local food banks.

The team TRIPLED its goal of donating 500 items —  collecting 2442 food items/dollar donations for local food banks. TLS generously matched that number and is donating $2,442 to a local food bank. When it came time to deliver the items, Santa himself, joined by his favorite “reindog,” helped distribute the donated food.

We’d like to thank everyone for their participation in this great cause. Now more than ever food banks need support and this is a wonderful way to #FirstServeOthers.

 
TLS Cariboulation 2
 

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.

 

LIVunLtd: Help Provide Hygiene Kits for Homeless Community

LIV is proud to partner with New York City Relief Fund in support of those struggling with homelessness within our community.

This is our 3rd year partnering with New York City Relief Fund and due to the current climate, we will not be collecting travel-size hygiene products. Instead, we are encouraging our network to donate directly towards the relief fund today through January 15, 2021. 

If you are interested in supporting this great cause, check out LIVunLtd’s fundraising page.

Thank you for your support of our community’s homeless citizens.