Recent Why SERVPRO Posts
Holiday Depot Support
All of the collected items on the table after counting.
Community is very important to us at SERVPRO. We strive to be active members of the community and support those in need when we can. That is why we did not even think twice about supporting the Holiday Depot of Lapeer County.
In order to show support for the organization, we became a donation center and a put gift tags on our tree for individuals looking for an item to buy. Considering we don’t get a lot of walking traffic, we decided to partner with the local elementary school to do a collection on their behalf. The school house over 400 students. We put a collection box in 19 classrooms and asked the students to bring items in over the course of 3 weeks. Any class that participated would receive candy canes and the class that brought in the most items would receive a pizza party. We were a little weary because this was the first attempt at something like this, but much to our surprise, the winning class brought in 211 items and the students, brought in 1,146 items! Those items will go a long way for this organization and the families in the community that need the assistance.
Overall, this was an amazing experience and we are so humbled by the support that the students showed for those in need in our community. We can’t wait to do this again next year!
Donation to the Fire Association
The van after the training session was complete.
Have you heard of spring cleaning? At SERVPRO, we believe in fall cleaning! In this case, we had some vehicles that didn’t work and we needed to find them a new home. Instead of just shipping them off to the junk yard, we decided to donate them to the local fire association for their training session.
This training session was teaching them how to remove people from the vehicles, more specifically, using the jaws of life. We were unable to attend the course due to state regulations, but from the pictures that they sent us, that class was very interesting. The two mini vans that we donated, are now doorless convertibles! We were impressed when we saw the after pictures.
The training the members of our fire department does, it crucial to the work that they do in the field and we are happy that we were able to assist them by donating our vehicles.
Photo of the class attendees during a class break.
One of the many ways that SERVPRO helps in the community, is by providing Continuing Education Classes. These classes assist insurance agents in receiving the credits that they need for their certification throughout the year.
This past June, we hosted our first class at the Flint Farmers Market with approximately 30 insurance agents in attendance. Mary, from SERVPRO Corporate visited and taught them about Ethics & Fire Restoration. The afternoon session was complete with a demonstration of SERVPRO products on wood with various levels of smoke damage. We even included a question and answer section with Eric, who holds a masters in fire & water restoration and has over 20 years of industry experience. Overall, the agents enjoyed the classes and thought that they were interesting, specifically the Fire Restoration class.
SERVPRO Summer Send-off
Volunteers working the check-in table for the event.
Part of our culture is having fun and bring people together. We also like to take advantage of opportunities when they arise. That is why we partnered with a neighboring SERVPRO to bring the community together for a SERVPRO Summer Send-off Party! This event was the largest after-hours event to date and the first tri-county event. This was a night that attendees will remember.
We had it all! We had a battle of the breweries, food trucks, live music, lawn games and the option to support a local nonprofit. Guests could hang out inside the warehouse or take the party outside under the tent. While some played the lawn games, many chose to take the opportunity to network with other attendees. Periodically throughout the night, we would count the brewery votes and at the end of the night, we announced Tenacity Brewing as our winner!
This event was enjoyed by all that attended, and we can’t wait to start planning for next year!
Teacher Appreciation Week
Over the course of last week, we took time to acknowledge teachers. We asked individuals from Facebook to share a story about a teacher that either positively impacted themselves or someone that they knew. Those teachers being nominated would be entered a drawing for a basket of classroom supplies.
After the first day, we had only received one nomination, but by day two it started to pick-up. By the end of the week, we had received 16 nominations from schools in Lapeer, Davison, Linden, Swartz Creek, Flushing and Lansing. The stories that were shared with us were truly heart warming and we would like to share some of them with you!
“She took a job at River Rouge High School in Detroit. In her first week on the job, she came home crying every day. She had planned on quitting that Friday because the kids were rude, bullies and dangerous. One day she lost control and cried in front of the students and a student walked up to her and said, “Mrs. Furneaux, you’re not going to quit on us too, are you?” A year later she was still working there.”
“I had 7 children and she was a teacher for 4 of them. Mrs. King was amazing and always got down on their level and make them feel special, like they could accomplish anything. The last of my 7 kids are seniors this year and after all these years she still asks about my kids. She is an amazing teacher, the greatest friend and a superb human being. We love you Mrs. King!”
“Garth Starr is always being supportive and making me believe in myself. I truly enjoyed coming to his class each day and always left with a smile.”
Standing Up for Child Abuse Prevention & Autism
We decorated our front yard with blue and silver pinwheels to show our support.
Throughout the month of April, SERVPRO of Lapeer has been actively participating in Child Abuse Prevention and Autism Awareness month.
The month started with us simply decorating the lawn with the blue and silver pinwheels and each staff member wearing a blue ribbon in support of the causes. As the month went on, we quickly started to become more involved. Here is a list of our involvements:
- Justice for Lily Foundation’s Lily Ball Sponsor
- Table Sponsor
- Though many of our team members are on committees for this event, we purchased a sponsorship to allow our entire office the opportunity to attend the event.
- Weekly Meeting Host
- We have donated a portion of warehouse space to the Justice for Lily committee to assemble center pieces and auction baskets for the event.
- Community Supply Drive
- Promoted and dedicated a portion of our office to supplies being collected for the Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County and the Forever Friends Network in Lapeer.
We are saddened that this month has come to a close; however, we are proud of the support that we were able to give to those organizations and individuals in our community that are the boots on the ground. Thank you to everyone that joined us in showing their support and a BIG thank you to those individuals who are the boots on the ground.