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. 

  

FirstService: Join Our Food Drive to Benefit Daily Bread Food Bank

The Toronto office is continuing our commitment to support the important work of the Daily Bread Food Bank. We share the belief of the Daily Bread Food Bank that access to food is a basic human right, not a privilege. No one should go hungry or face barriers to accessing food, yet 1 in 7 people in the Toronto region struggle with food insecurity. Your gift will give fresh food and hope to children and their families, adults and seniors in need this holiday season.

Beginning now through December 20, we will be collecting food items in our Bay Street office.  If  you are interested in donating food items please see Deanna Ouzounis on the third floor.

For those who are unable to drop off food items and wish to support this cause, monetary donations may be provided by visiting the FirstService page via this link: http://support.dailybread.ca/goto/firstserveothers

Below is a list of the most needed food items:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned Soup
  • Rice
  • Oatmeal
  • Canned stew, chili, etc.
  • Beans (lentils, chick peas, kidney beans, etc.)
  • Canned Fish (tuna in water)
  • 100% fruit juices
  • Canned vegetables
  • Baby food
  • Baby formula

In addition to our food drive, we are hosting a silent auction for office staff with all proceeds going to the Daily Bread Food Bank. We would like to offer our sincere thanks to these wonderful organizations and individuals who have generously donated items for the auction.

  1. Colliers Toronto Executive Head Office  

  2. Blu Ristorante  

  3. Nutcracker Sweet  

  4. Harvest Planet 

  5. Canon Canada  

  6. Staples  

  7. Intercontinental Hotel Toronto Yorkville 

  8. Educo Salon  
  9. Kimpton Saint George Hotel

  10. Roger Thompson  

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

Super Restoration: Volunteers Needed for the Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack Event

Join us as we roll up our sleeves to pack 108,000 meals for hungry children world-wide.

We invite participation from anyone in the area who would like to volunteer or donate.

To make a donation or to register to volunteer, please visit: https://give.fmsc.org/campaign/1911-289no-doral-fl-super-restoration/c244184

Planned Companies: Thanksgiving Diversity Lunch/Charity Food Drive

On Friday November 22nd, 2019, we will be holding our annual EEC sponsored Thanksgiving/Diversity Lunch at their Parsippany Headquarters. Associates from our offices are able to bring non-perishable food items that will be collected and donated to the Food Bank at the Parsippany Community Center.

Food Pantry demand is especially high during the Holiday Season. Below is a list of the items food banks need the most. Please opt for pull tab cans or plastic containers whenever possible. Many food pantry shoppers do not have a can opener, and glass containers can break when the food is transported.

Food Pantry Shopping List

Applesauce – Unsweetened

Canned Beans – Low sodium options preferred

Canned Chicken

Canned Fish – Tuna or Salmon

Canned Meat – Spam or ham

Canned Vegetables – Low sodium options preferred

Cooking Oils – Canola & Olive

Peanut Butter

Crackers

Dried Herbs & Spices – Oregano, basil, cumin, pepper, rosemary, thyme, cinnamon

Fruit – Canned in its own juice or Dried

Granola Bars

Instant Mashed Potatoes

Pasta

Pasta Sauce

Meals in a Box – Pasta, rice & soup kits

Nuts

Rice – Brown rice preferred

Evaporated & Powdered Milk

Soup, Stew & Chili

Whole Grain Cereals

 

With your help, we will be able to provide food staples for many of our neighbors in need this Holiday Season.

Interstate Restoration: Wraps Up a Successful 2019 ‘Tis the Season for Giving Campaign

Being able to give back and treat those in need speaks volumes to who we are as people and as a company.  We are thankful to work with so many caring people who are willing to assist those in need.

Our employees generously donated $11,606 and combined with the Interstate’s match of $5,000, we were able to raise $16,606 this year.

Since we started the campaign in 2007, employees along with the company match, have donated $99,863!

Thank you for your dedication to giving this year… and always!  Together we are stronger and are making a difference!

Poolman: Join Our Donation Drive to Help Andre House

Poolman Arizona is lending their team of helping hands to the André House located in Phoenix. André House refers to themselves as “A House of Hospitality” providing their services to hundreds of people in need everyday. They serve 550 guests dinner daily, over 170,000 yearly, they clean over 1800 loads of laundry a year, provide more than 7,400 showers, and have provided more than 7,700 sets of clothing to their guests yearly. Poolman will start collecting a designated list of most needed items at their offices located at 3242 S. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85040 on October 15th, and wrap up their drive on November 15th. Customers can leave items at the skimmer of their pool, and our team will bring into the office The most needed items they’ll be collecting are:
  • Face/wash cloths
  • Family Size Bottles of Shampoo
  • Family Size Bottles of Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Men’s Pants 28 – 34 Waist
  • Men’s Belts
  • Sweatshirts – Men’s and Women’s
  • Backpacks

Paul Davis: Supporting Local Food Pantries through a Creative CAN Challenge Food Drive

Donation drives are a popular and effective way to collect much-needed food for area food banks, but if you really want to engage your team members and make your food drive something everyone will be talking about, give them an added challenge to see what can be built with the donated items. That’s exactly what the creative Social Purpose Champions at Paul Davis did, and the results were incredible!

Building for Prizes & Bragging Rights

As you’ll see from the pictures in this post, team members took the challenge seriously and unleashed their creativity building fabulous structures out of donated canned goods. Photos of the structures were shared with the Paul Davis network and prizes were awarded for the locations with the Most Votes and the Most Cans.

All food collected was donated to local and human food pantries, many of which are in great need during summer months. Lots of companies organize food drives during the holiday season, which is  helpful, but by the time summer rolls around, many food banks are faced with empty shelves.

Hunger Bites won the award for Most Votes

More than 1,180 cans were used to build the Animal House structure

A Fun Challenge with a Big Impact

In addition to highly coveted bragging rights, the LLCO Animal House structure won in the Most Cans category with 1,188 cans, and Hunger Bites won Most Votes. Some offices took the challenge even further by incorporating other fun team building events including company BBQs and bowling outings. Collectively the challenge netted more than 3,100 cans of food!

“Words cannot express my gratitude, respect, and appreciation to everyone involved in this event,” said Quality Assurance Analyst Waleska Gonzalez. “Helping others when they need it the most is a cause I keep close to my heart and I am always looking for an opportunity to create awareness. I was happy to see the passion and commitment from my PD family.”

The PDR Jacksonville team created a unique cat structure using their cans

The team behind the Strike Out Hunger display continued their theme with an employee bowling party

Paul Davis Talent and Change Leader and JASMYN Volunteer Kali Freeland added, “At PDRI in Jacksonville, we donated the cans from our structure to a local LGBT Youth Crisis Center, JASMYN. JASMYN normally receives donations during the winter months, so they were especially grateful for Summer donations. I’m personally very proud to support this organization and I’m grateful that Paul Davis is embracing Social Purpose as well as Inclusion and Diversity!”  

Add Some Creativity to Your Next Food Drive

So if you are looking to give your next food drive an added element of team building and fun, consider issuing a “CAN challenge” to your team members.

CollegePro: Support our North American Food Drive

This month, College Pro is hosting a food drive across North America from the Full-Time to the Franchisees! Throughout our franchise divisions,we are working to see who can compile the largest non-perishable food donation in their area. We challenge anyone in the FirstService Community to do the same! If you’d like to get involved with us, compile and donate all non-perishable food items to your local food bank, or send them to our London office!

FirstService Corporation: Providing Needed Funds to Ensure Students Receive Healthy Meals

At FirstService’s Toronto office, the Social Responsibility Committee is always looking for ways the team can positively impact its community. Child poverty is a growing problem, and many children do not receive adequate nutrition as a result.  Through a series of “Breakfast Club” fundraisers, the team raised $1,960 to fund Student Nutrition Programs in the Toronto area.  For every $100 raised, 70 children will receive a hot and healthy breakfast. 100% of the donations collected by the team went directly into these programs.
“Food security is something many of us take for granted. For kids, having access to nutritious meals affects their ability to focus and learn in school,” said Erica Foster, senior manager, accounting and part of FirstService’s Social Responsibility Committee. “Toronto Foundation for Student Success’ mission to help students succeed by providing meals is something that resonated to many of us and we wanted to do our part to help ensure no child in Toronto begins the school day hungry.

Pictured with Shannon Quesnelle, Associate Director, Development & Communications, Toronto Foundation for Student Success (third from left): Michael Smith, Deborah Kelley, Ryan Bedrich, Erica Foster and Scott Patterson