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May is Local Give Back Month (2014)

Last May, we started a new annual tradition at Maintenance Connection. Giving back is a core part of who we are as a company, and we wanted to focus some of our efforts on the neighborhood and communities where we live. Because many of our staff are spread out in various cities around the world, this works out to many different communities feeling the impact of Maintenance Connection’s mission.

Here are just a few of the activities that MC staffers took part in this month:

  • One MC family volunteered at a local health fair put together by Senpete Valley Hospital in Utah
  • A group from Sacramento renovated the playground at a local school for immigrant children
  • Several MC staffers coach youth sports teams with the local YMCA
  • From the Philly area, Marc and Joe have plans to feed the hungry through an organization called Philabundance
  • A couple others serve a local food banks at the Orangevale Food Bank and Sacramento Food & Family Services
  • Andrew and his wife took part in the Annual Furry Scurry to help raise money for the Denver Animal Shelter
  • Brandon volunteered with the Special Olympics of Rhode Island
  • Calvin helped to set up an bike event in the Carolinas for the National MS Society
  • A crew from Denver sorted food and packed hundreds of bags for “Meals on Wheels” through Volunteers of America

CC’s Give Back: SF City Impact

Our Customer Coordinator team had their annual department summit in San Francisco last week. To wrap up their time together, they spent a few hours giving back to a great local organization called San Francisco City Impact. This was an excellent way to cap off our first annual MC Gives Back Local.

Our Manager of Customer Experience, Drew Hayes, tells the story…

To begin our day, we had orientation with Zack, a young man originally from Portland, OR.  Zack told us a number of interesting and heart-wrenching stories of the neighborhood, including how the organization was born:  In 1984 after getting off the graveyard shift, Roger Huang was waiting for a tow truck in the Tenderloin.  He noticed a young boy being picked on by a group of bullies.  But Roger figured “this is the Tenderloin – that kind of thing happens all the time.  But on the way home, the incident was heavy on his heart, “What if that was your son being picked on?”  The next morning Roger and his wife made 50 sandwiches, and Roger went back to the Tenderloin to give them away to the homeless.  The following week he brought his wife Maite to the Tenderloin to help with the ministry, and San Francisco City Impact was born.  In another story, he described how a young girl who frequented City Impact was kidnapped and trafficked back and forth from SF to LA twice over the course of over two years.  She was finally able to make a call to one of the staff, and they were able to go and rescue her from captivity.

Today, the ministry has grown to five major departments with 16 weekly programs.  These organizations are designed “to intervene, physically and spiritually, on behalf of the people in the inner city of San Francisco.”  The five major departments are:  SF Rescue Mission (where we helped during our time there), SF City Academy (their school with roughly 100 students K-8th where we had orientation), Adopt-a-Building (where they go into the housing units to serve, build relationships, and make a difference), City Impact Church, and their Volunteer Center.

During our time, we were able to serve breakfast and coffee to the folks at the Rescue Mission, wash dishes and chairs, clean the kitchen area, sweep and mop, paint, and install a ceiling fan.  Below are a few photos of our time there.  Serving along-side these great people, we were all touched by their sacrifice and dedication to their small corner of the city.  And as we left, we discussed how we were each impressed with the need to do more, and how grateful we are that we work for a company which not only values giving back, but makes it possible and easy.

MC Gives Back Local – Austin Hermle

May is MC Gives Back Local Month!

We hope you’re enjoying all of the “Gives Back” stories this month. Austin Hermle recently gave back by teaching his first ever “Computer Basics” workshop at Fourth & Hope, a local organization that provides meals, shelter, rehabilitation, job training, and a chance for a sustainable life for the homeless and hungry in his local community.

It’s hard to comprehend the reality that some people don’t even know the basics of using a mouse to navigate a computer. Austin is doing a great job giving people a basic foundation by sharing his knowledge. The fact is that people need computer skills for most jobs today, and Austin has a heart to share his knowledge with those in our community who needing to find work. He hopes to expand this outreach to continue teaching computer basics to more people over the coming months.

Find out more about Fourth & Hope: http://www.fourthandhope.org

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MC Gives Back Local – Andrew Stolz

May is MC Gives Back Local Month!

The 1st Saturday of May every year The Furry Scurry dog walk fundraiser is put on by the Dumb Friends League, the local animal shelter in Denver. One of our newer members of the support team, Andrew Stolz, enjoys being involved in these types of events supporting animals throughout the year. They have fostered dogs and donate time and money to several animal rescues in Denver and all over the United States.

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MC Gives Back Local – Matt Sayler

May is MC Gives Back Local Month!

Matt and his wife give back to several local animal-related organizations, including the Animal Humane Society in St Paul, MN. They put together a team to raise money by holding a bake sale, in which they baked a few sheets of rice crispy bars.

They also have been working with another organization, Safe Hands Animal Rescue. He and his wife have been fostering dogs for the past 3 years, and have fostered around 15 dogs in that time (including their own dog, Sampson). They partake in two meet and greets a month at a location in downtown Minneapolis. Their current foster pup, Brock was adopted last week! They told themselves that after Brock was adopted that we would be taking a break for a while, but saw the photos of the next dogs coming in, and decided they just could not say “no”.

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MC Gives Back Local – Ken Shampo

May is MC Gives Back Local Month!

Ken and his family regularly volunteer with various local YMCA branches in Wisconsin doing community clean-up and maintenance projects. In May, they are spending time each weekend helping to spruce up a few local parks. They have instilled these same values of giving back with their son. Every year for his birthday party, he asks his guests to donate to the Y “Strong Kids Campaign” instead of bringing him a present. He has been doing this for 4 years now, and he raises close to $200.00 each year.

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MC Gives Back Local – May 10th

May is MC Gives Back Local month where all Maintenance Connection staff is challenged to find a way to give back in their community. With staff in 17 different states, there are many opportunities to reach wide and make an impact. Two groups of MC staff took an afternoon on May 10 to partner with Volunteers of America (also an MC customer) in Denver and Sacramento.

In Denver, the team spent time in their community helping with VOA’s Better Block project. The community revitalization project was created to clean up and and improve the area surrounding the Sonny Lawson Park.

The Sacramento team spent a few hours at the Senior Safe House, which is a housing program of VOA that supports abused and neglected senior citizens. They transition senior citizens from unsafe home environments to a safe location while they help them get back on their feet. The home is surrounded by gardens and paths for the seniors, and the MC team was able to help by picking weeds and improving the grounds.

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