A Collaboration Throughout the Nation
How it All Began
In December 2010, a group of Safeguard employees volunteered their time at the Cleveland Foodbank in Cleveland, OH. This led to an initiative involving Safeguard’s employees and vendors volunteering at food banks and other non-profit service organizations all across the country.
Since January 2011, Safeguard employees have been teaming up and volunteering, as well contributing canned goods and monetary donations to these types of organizations. This ongoing initiative has not only helped to supply food to those in need, but it has also provides an opportunity to help strengthen the relationship between the Safeguard vendors and employees. “Safeguard encourages people to do the right thing,” stated Safeguard’s CEO Alan Jaffa. “This initiative has enabled us to develop stronger ties with our communities and vendors alike. We are also now communicating more effectively with our vendors, which allows us to better serve our clients.”
A Worthwhile Endeavor
FQC Representative Clay Buckner, who volunteered with Safeguard’s vendors in Houston, TX said, “All acknowledged it was a very worthwhile endeavor and a good time was had by all. After the event, time was spent in a mini vendor performance clinic and a Q&A session was held to maximize our time together in a continued effort to improve performance in an already strong market.” In the field services industry, building strong partnerships with vendors is valuable because this relationship affects the quality of the services provided. This united initiative will help provide improved property preservation in the same communities where they are volunteering their time at the food banks and other non-profits.
All volunteers have enjoyed the opportunity to do more than just preserve homes together. Mark Wells, a FQC representative, spoke out about what it was like working with the vendors at the Utah Food Bank in Salt Lake City, UT. “During our time at the food bank, I was very impressed with each person who donated their time. Everyone who participated was very hard-working and willing to give of themselves for a great cause. I’ve enjoyed having the opportunity to work alongside friends and vendors of Safeguard Properties,” said Wells. At the Utah Food Bank their efforts provided packages of pasta for food pantries throughout the state.
Efforts Span Across the Country
From California to Ohio, the teams volunteered their time. At the Houston Food Bank, the team’s efforts provided meals for underprivileged school children and homeless shelters. In Kansas City, MO at the Harvesters Community Food Network, the volunteers were able to fill bags that would provide chronically hungry children with nutritious, child-friendly, easy-to-prepare food in everyday backpacks. Larry Purdon, a FQC representative who volunteered at the Harvesters Community Food Network, felt the event was a success. “I was very proud of the response from our Kansas City vendors and greatly appreciate their time and efforts,” he said. “This project has provided food for 800 backpacks and a great sense of accomplishment for all who participated.”
At the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the group separated, organized and boxed over 20,000 pounds of bread to be distributed between local soup kitchens, shelters and underprivileged children’s programs. Tampa, FL area volunteers assisted at Metropolitan Ministries, which provides food, clothing, and shelter to the homeless. The volunteers were able to sort pallets of canned and dry goods, rake and rejuvenate the grounds, build multiple book shelves for the facility, and sort donated clothing items. Scott Bedrosian, director of volunteer services at Metropolitan Ministries, was very impressed with the volunteers and commended the group. “It’s clear your company has a commitment to service and the Tampa community has been forever impacted by your contributions. Friends like you make Metropolitan Ministries the life-changing ministry that it is and we count it a privilege to partner with you,” he said.
The overall response regarding this nationwide initiative has been very positive. All of the vendors involved are very excited to be a part of the initiative, and they look forward to participating in these types of opportunities throughout the year. Safeguard appreciates the hard work of everyone involved in this project, and they appreciate their vendors’ efforts to strengthen communities while continuing to improve their work in the field services industry.