Service is more than just a project or a type of business. It is a way of life. Varsity's culture is founded on improving the lives of others—whether dealing with communities or individuals. This purpose is expressed each year as all districts and sites are asked to perform a major service project for their community. As service is the main focus of our business, teaching our people "the true spirit of service" creates an atmosphere in the workplace that serves our customers. Below are highlights of a few projects Varsity and friends have completed.
On October 25, 2014 we made a difference in the lives of countless individuals in need as various Varsity divisions and districts performed service projects in multiple locations throughout the nation. We partnered with the National Homeless Shelter to provide janitorial and maintenance services to shelters across the nation. Below are a few photos and the stories:
Varsity employees from the Salt Lake City Corporate Office Made a Difference for the Food and Care Coalition in Provo, UT. They cleaned the kitchen by scrubbing equipment, removing grease and using Varsity’s green chemicals to "super clean" their kitchen floors. In addition, they cleaned the bathrooms, showers and laundry room. They also cleaned the carpets in the hallways and classrooms.
The Food and Care Coalition's mission is to implement tangible solutions for poverty, engage with the community to create opportunities for social change, and balance compassion with personal responsibility. View a time lapse of Varsity cleaning the kitchen.
Varsity employees at our Colorado District along with our CEO, Eric Luke Made a Difference for the Food Bank of The Rockies. Joining them were employees from our subsidiaries, System 1 and NSC, and one of our vendors, Waxie Sanitary Supply. All joined together to not only clean windows and deep clean bathrooms, but help package food for the organization.
Food Bank of the Rockies provides food for more than 411,000 people annually. They do this by distributing 121,000 meals each day through more than 800 hunger relief partner agencies and their direct service programs.
Projects completed over the past decades:
Each year, Varsity employees complete more than 60 service projects that benefit many of the communities in which we operate nationwide. Employees appreciate the opportunity to lend a hand in projects that really make a difference. Below are a few that have been completed in the past.
Union Pacific Dining Room – West Yellowstone, Montana
Over 200 Varsity managers clean log beams, power wash natural stone columns, strip and recoat floors and wash windows in the historic Union Pacific Dining Room in West Yellowstone.
Indian Rocks Scout Camp – McCammon, Idaho
Varsity group cuts log posts and builds a complete log fence for scout camp in matter of hours.
ISU Holt Arena – Pocatello, Idaho
Donating time and resources, approximately 200 Varsity managers clean 12,000 dirty seats in 2 hours.
Homeless Shelter – St. George, Utah
250 Varsity managers spread throughout St. George to complete 12 separate service projects for non-profit organizations, disabled individuals and elderly people. Service projects ranged from light construction to carpet cleaning to painting.
Special Olympics – Clermont, Florida
Local Florida Varsity crew power washed the entire exterior of the Special Olympics Administration Building; and power washed walkways, cleaned windows and buffed floors.
Heber Creeper Engine – Midway, Utah
With scrapers, rags, chemicals and safety gear on, over 150 Varsity associates clean and restore this historic engine in record time.
Glendale American School – Glendale, Arizona
Local Arizona Varsity crew aided in renovation of Glendale American School. Crews painted hopscotch and foursquare games, installed basketball hoops, painted the teacher's lounge, kitchen area and counselor's office.
Pocatello Zoo – Pocatello, Idaho
Varsity's corporate staff aids Zoo in building children's outdoor playground. The corporate staff abandoned their desks to build walkways, cut and install railroad tie edging and fully landscape the playground.
Alki Beach – Seattle, Washington
Local Seattle Varsity team spends day cleaning-up trash on beach, restroom area and street-front.
Habitat for Humanity – Moline, Illinois
Local Illinois Varsity construction crew donates time and materials to assist framing of home for Habitat for Humanity.