How Coverall Cares
Over the past few months we’ve shared some great acts of kindness by the Coverall System community. For example, John Bartholf, a Coverall Master Franchised Business Owner from Oregon, has been active and very generous to his community for many years.
Additionally, our Las Vegas Support Center Team supported the Safe House NV with toys and other items in time for the holiday season.
You may be asking yourself – what does charity have to do with cleaning? Lots, since Coverall’s franchised business owners live in, work and impact their communities on a daily basis.
They get to know the customers they service and help improve the cleanliness and appearance of their businesses, contributing to their local economy as well. Commercial cleaning isn’t only about a right way to clean, it’s about relationships and doing the right thing.
Want to know what else the Coverall® System has done to show they care? Below is a list of charities and organizations that have been supported by our Support Centers and franchisees across the United States. If you see a charity near you, make sure to visit their site and support their cause. We’re all in this together.
Light of Life – Pittsburgh
Founded in 1952, this Christian charity provides support for the homeless and food for the hungry. Though originally a refuge for transient men, the program expanded to help women and children. It hosts open houses for others to bring in their friends and family to spread the word about their services. They take part in many events including galas, fundraisers and outings like a golf outing. Support this charity through volunteering, monetary donations, material gifts and wills and trusts.
Open Door Mission – Omaha
Founded in 1954, Open Door Mission supports men, women and children who have been affected by homelessness and poverty. Approximately 2,000 people are homeless in Omaha. Open Door offers tours of their campus to inform the public about the help that’s needed in their community and how the public can help. The campus has 816 shelter beds for the homeless and serves over 2,000 meals.
Keystone Church – Western Michigan
Since 1967, Other Way Ministries has been a place for people of all ages, races and cultures to find resources they need. With a focus on family and community development and donations, individuals needing assistance get tutoring, access to a food pantry and Christian counseling. In 2013, approximately 3,000 gifts were purchased through the Christmas Store where parents who’ve earned credits through volunteering were able to provide their kids with new gifts.
Toys for Tots – Chicago, Charlotte, Milwaukee, Boston, Virginia Beach, Atlanta, Boston and Philadelphia
Toys for Tots, run by the US Marine Corps Reserve, was founded in 1947 when Juliana Hendricks, one of the founders, wanted to donate a toy to a child but couldn’t find an organization that would help her. So she and her husband founded the organization and since then, it’s been delivering toys to children every Christmas. As of 2013, the program has received and distributed over 469 million toys.
Feeding South Florida – South Florida
Feeding South Florida distributes 37 million pounds of food to those in need in Palm Bach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Feeding South Florida is one of 202 nationwide food banks. This organization supports children, the working poor, older adults, veterans, physically and mentally disabled and the homeless.
Gleaners Food Bank – Detroit
Since the 1940s the Gleaner’s Food Bank has provided millions of pounds of food to the hungry in southeastern Michigan. With a 3-year strategic plan of lowering costs, supporting community health and engaging donors, they have taken a pivotal step in ensuring that the southeastern Michigan region’s people in need receive what they need year round.
Second Harvest – Madison, WI
Besides fighting to end hunger in 16 southwestern Wisconsin counties, as a member of Feeding America Second Harvest contributed to the total of 12.6 million meals that were provided by Feeding America last year. Many of the people in need struggle between buying food or the following: paying for utilities, gas, rent, transportation or medical care. As many as 43% of those struggling in the region are children.
League of Volunteers Toy Drive – San Francisco
League of Volunteers, or LOV, supports the community and those in need through many enrichment programs in the Newark, California and the Tri-Cities area. Toy drives, kid’s activities and Christmas Adopt-A-Family program are just a few amazing things this organization does. Originally founded to support the gaps left by school funding in the late 70s, LOV supports school-related activities including the arts and scholarships.
Paws 4 Liberty – West Palm Beach
Based in Lake Worth, Florida and operating since 2006, Paws 4 Liberty’s main focus is providing service dogs to post 9/11 veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (One in five veterans suffers from PTSD.) Unlike other groups which breed dogs, Paws 4 Liberty service dogs come from animal shelters, other groups or donations. These amazing animals are trained to help their human “partners” by adding physical space to them when someone is near, nudging or alerting them when someone is approaching, and taking other actions when the veteran is anxious or uncomfortable.
Feed More of Richmond – Richmond, VA
Another member of Feeding America, Feed More of Richmond consists of Central Virginia Food Bank, Community Kitchen and Wheels Service Central Virginia. Feed More assists those who are most vulnerable, including seniors who need their services due to health problems, struggling families and children. It takes over 250 volunteers every day to keep the Feed More programs running. You can help by donating food, planning a fundraising event and offering individual/corporate support.
Houston Food Bank – Houston
The Houston Food Bank feeds over 800,000 people in need each year. Through food donations from local companies, Feeding America donors and other important sources, the Houston Food Bank provides 3 meals for every $1 donated. Their most needed items are protein items, canned fruits, cereals, pastas and cereals, to name a few. The Food Bank also collects other needed items such as toothbrushes and personal items.
Women in Distress of Broward County, Inc.
Women in Distress of Broward County is the only nationally accredited and state-certified domestic violence center serving Broward County. Over the years, the center has grown from a 54-bed shelter to 132 beds, including an outreach center and thrift store. In 2011, Women in Distress expanded to include a wellness center, a therapy room and a wing for families with special needs. Besides collecting donations, this organization also hosts annual events including luncheons, a 5K run, golf tournament and other campaigns with the goal of helping the women and families of Broward County.
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