Floor Coverings International Helps Feed Needy Families

In March, 2020 Solidarity Sandy Springs was founded as a food pantry to provide assistance to families facing food insecurity during COVID shutdowns. Over time it has grown to also help provide school supplies for children. Support from the community has been inspiring, and today Solidarity Sandy Springs receives donations from schools, churches, synagogues and companies, as well as individuals. The support from the community has allowed the organization to obtain a van which is used to pick up donations throughout the community.

In August, the team at Floor Coverings International launched a donation drive to support Solidarity. The company hosted a potluck luncheon and encouraged team members to bring in donations for Solidarity Sandy Springs. The event generated more than four shopping carts filled with groceries and other essentials for families in need. 

Floor Coverings International volunteers hard at work sorting items for Solidarity Sandy Springs

Lee Smith of Floor Coverings International is joined by representatives from Solidarity Sandy Springs

Truck bed filled with donated food items

Loading the truck with much needed food items for needy families

“Solidarity was THRILLED with our donations,” said Lee Smith, corporate bookkeeper at Floor Coverings International. “We are looking forward to hosting another donation drive to support this great organization in the future.”

For information on how you can help Solidarity Sandy Springs, please visit their website

Charlotee’s Dress for Success Clothing Drive

Join our Charlotte, NC office in their Dress for Success Clothing Drive. Donate your gently used clothing to give women a new start. Items needed: suits, professional separates, blouses, slacks, skirts, dresses, blazers, jackets, work appropriate shoes, jewelry, scarves and handbags. All donations must be received by June 19 at 5:00 p.m. at our Charlotte office.

LIVunLtd: NAMIWalksYour Way 2021 to Help Those Affected by Mental Illness

Let’s team up for NAMIWalks Your Way 2021! Join our team or support us with a donation. Together, we can do something powerful about achieving Mental Health for All.

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMIWalks promotes awareness of mental health, raises funds for NAMI’s free, top-rated programs, and builds community by letting people know they are not alone.

Please help us build awareness and funds, by JOINING OUR TEAM OR MAKING A DONATION! Donating to NAMI through our team page is easy, fast and secure.

CertaPro: Supporting Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services Center through Painting

CertaPro is proud to support the fundraising efforts of Youth Services, the place to turn to for mental health services for children and adolescents in Chicago’s northern suburbs.

The team at Certa doing what they do best — painting! Certa is joining other local businesses to bring joy in May by painting windows on downtown businesses. Local children will be paired with businesses to help on May 13, 14 and 15th. 

During the week of May 17 through May 23, the community will be invited to walk the painted window path for a fun scavenger hunt and visit stores for special promotions.

Did you know 53% of children ages 3-17 have one or more emotional, behavioral or development condition? Youth Services provides individual and group counseling, development and mentoring programs, crisis intervention, study buddies, a pride youth group and educational outreach programs to help children and adolescents. The organization works with insurance companies and offers a sliding fee scale, to help provide care to families of all means.

Paul Davis: 8th Annual Katelyn’s Ride for Autism

Each year, NE FL Advocates for Autism and Related Disabilities hosts a Golf cart Poker Run in beautiful Fernandina, Florida. The purpose is to promote Acceptance, Awareness, Safety, and Support for special needs families in NE Florida.

The event provides vehicle decals, weighted blankets (for sensory integration) and grants for families to assist with the cost of therapy for their children. During the event, more than 170 golf carts will travel to 5 destinations. Sensory stations, music, food, and a single poker card awaits each golf cart. The participant with the best hand gets a prize. There is also a silent auction and MANY opportunities to Volunteer. You can register for Half Day or Full Day as a Volunteer.

Paul Davis is proud to help sponsor this wonderful event for the second year! If you’d like to join in the fun, connect with Kali Freeland, event organizer.

TLS: Pen Pal Initiative for Seniors and Assisted Living Center Residents

TLS is launching a company-wide campaign to encourage company “Moment Makers” to send cards, letters, drawings and crafts to residents of local senior and assisted living facilities. This is a fun way to introduce children to our Social Purpose and let them show off their drawing and craft skills. Moment Makers who wish to engage in ongoing communications with residents are encouraged to include their mailing address for return letters.

During this time of social isolation, this is a wonderful way for our team members to #FirstServeOthers while brightening the days of seniors in the community.

Paul Davis: Bringing local businesses together to assist Texas snow and ice storm victims

In the wake of the February 2021 snow and ice storm that caused extensive damage and power loss in parts of Texas, Paul Davis’ Emergency Response Coordinator Scott Brooks felt like he needed to do something to help. Upon learning many residents had to boil snow for drinking water to survive, he decided to launch a water donation drive.

Scott quickly got to work making calls to Jacksonville, Florida-area news stations, churches, grocery stores and beer distributors. Before long, he was receiving water donations from companies including Winn-Dixie. He was also able to secure donated beer trucks from Champion Brands to deliver the water.

“Many of our teams were going to Texas to assist in restoration efforts. One of our serving basics is to help those in need, so organizing a water donation drive felt like the right thing to do,” said Scott.

Scott even received help from the Cajun Navy, a non-profit group of volunteers who deploy to disaster areas throughout the southern United States, to deliver the donated water.

In all, 1373 cases of water were delivered to Houston and Houston area residents.

The donation drive is just one proof point of how Scott embodies our Social Purpose. Each year he organizes a charity golf tournament to raise money and awareness for the National Fallen Firefighters Association. The 2021 event, which is in the active planning stages now, will be scheduled for the end of August or early September and will be held at Eagle Landing in Jacksonville.

LIV North: Donates Outdated Service Vehicles to Homeless Cars

When 14 of LIV North’s service vehicles commercial lives came to an end the leadership team knew they had a useful purpose for someone.

So the leadership team at LIV North coordinated a donation to Homeless Cars, a Canadian charitable foundation that accepts used vehicles and donates the proceeds of their sale to food banks and local food shelters. 

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CertaPro: Supporting Texas Food Banks

Beginning on March 1 and ending on March 8, CertaPro Painters is hosting a virtual food drive for two Texas Food Banks. You can make your donations directly to a food bank from the list below. 

Certa would like to track impact of this initiative.  Simply send a screenshot of your donation to Christy Katubi, the event organizer, so she can keep track 😊

Central Texas Food Bank

Houston Food Bank

Every dollar donated can help create 3- 4 meals and no donation is too small!

California Closets: Transforms a multi-use space at transitional home in Phoenix

For  individuals or families facing a domestic crisis, a next step can be terrifying. So often, people feel paralyzed, not knowing where to turn for help. That’s where Mesa, AZ-based A New Leaf’s Autumn House program comes in.

Autumn House Before

The dated multi-purpose room lacked warmth and personality before the California Closets team arrived

Autumn House After

The California Closets team transformed a dreary space into a warm, inviting area for residents to use

California Closets team responsible for Autumn House remodel

L-R: Aaron Pieratt, PHX Sales Manager; Amy Wenger, Local ASID Chapter President; and Janet Hutchinson, PHX GM. Note: This project was completed prior to COVID

Before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the country – and world – California Closets of Phoenix assisted in transforming a multi-use space at Autumn House so that it could better serve its transitional residents.

Phoenix GM Janet Hutchinson and team were converted a social room into a warm, welcoming, and peaceful place for residents to go to for social and life skills activities. This area is used for residents to receive coaching on everything from high school GEDs and college diplomas to employment, healthy lifestyles, and adult self-sufficiency.

In addition, California Closets built out a beautiful new media center where a large screen TV, books, and reference materials could be stored. Hanging barn door sliders were added to conceal the television when not in use.

Autumn House has been providing safe shelter to the community for almost 40 years and was the East Valley’s first domestic violence shelter. It operates 24/7 in a confidential location, accepting survivors all times of the year.

“We are so proud to have been a part of this amazing project,” said Janet, “and to support men and women in our community who have been affected by domestic violence.”

 Janet and her team display what it truly means to design better lives, and bring California Closet’s CREDO to life.