ServiceMaster Employees Host "Virtual We Care Week"
Thousands of ServiceMaster and Terminix employees are volunteering their support for community organizations across the United States as We Care Week enters its second day.
2020 marks the seventh consecutive occasion on which ServiceMaster and its subsidiary brands have celebrated annual signature event, "We Care Day". But this year is proving to be very different from previous ones as the company adapts the initiative to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and extends the time it is making available for employees to serve local communities across the country to a full week.
Explaining why community support is so important for so many ServiceMaster employees, recently appointed group CEO, Brett Ponton, explains: "ServiceMaster and Terminix both have long histories of giving back to the communities where we live and work.
"Despite the challenges we are facing from the pandemic, we found a way to include our teammates from around the country. It’s our people who are so passionate about giving back and dedicated to helping and supporting those in their neighborhoods."
Employees are participating virtually through a program called "Caring Steps". For every step an employer walks which is tracked via a mobile app, ServiceMaster will donate money to 20 charitable organizations. This program will allow employees to give back while serving customers, working virtually and social distancing – and getting some great exercise in the process.
Other ways employees will be able to contribute are by volunteering on their own, being part of a "Make-a-Wish" reveal, or by providing a personal donation. Employees making donations are encouraged to donate directly to the organizations involved and all will be able to witness the Make-a-Wish reveal live via a virtual video.
"From its inception, our We Care event has held a special place in our employees' hearts and minds. It has served to help connect our teammates in the communities where they live and work with organizations supporting those communities across the country," adds Velvet Graham, senior director of Events, Community Relations and Culture & Inclusion at ServiceMaster. "Now, more than ever, we must continue that legacy of community and inclusion of organizations that not only our employees are passionate about, but that help to further the advancement of issues of poverty, hunger, mental wellness, social injustice, homelessness, and education."
Organizations benefiting from the initiative include Habitat for Humanity, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and Color of Change. Employees will also be partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant a child’s wish. Among the local community partners benefiting from We Care Week are LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, the Mid-South Food Bank, and the National Civil Rights Museum.
Full list of partners for We Care Week 2020
- Alliance for Children & Families
- Alzheimer’s Association
- American Cancer Society
- American Red Cross
- Color of Change
- Feeding America
- Habitat for Humanity
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Stand for Children
- Church Health
- Communities in Schools
- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis
- LeBonheur Children’s Hospital
- Mid-South COVID-19 Response Fund
- Mid-South Food Bank
- National Civil Rights Museum
- Salvation Army Purdue Center of Hope
- Youth Villages