In 2014, Varsity Facility Services, one of the leading national facilities services companies, 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.
For Varsity, 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.
The clickable list of projects below represent only some of the service Varsity Facility Service volunteers completed in 2014.
- Food and Care Coalition • Provo Utah
- Bannock House • Pocatello, Idaho
- The Ogden Christmas Box House • Ogden, Utah
- Make A Wish® Utah • Salt Lake City, Utah
- Family Promise of Gwinnett • Lawrenceville, Georgia
- The Shade Tree • Las Vegas, Nevada
- Food Bank of the Rockies • Denver, Colorado
- House of Refuge • Phoenix, Arizona
- Star of Hope Mission Transitional Living Center • Houston, Texas
- Fusion Homeless Shelter • Federal Way, Washington
- Good News Ministries • Indianapolis, Indiana
Service performed by: Varsity Facility Services | Salt Lake City, Utah Office
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.
Service performed by Varsity Facility Services | Idaho District
On October 25th, Varsity employees from the Idaho District in Pocatello, ID Made a Difference for Bannock House. They cleaned the floors, extracted and vacuumed the carpets, scrubbed the hard floors, cleaned the rest rooms and even scrubbed the stairs by hand.
Bannock House houses kids 8-18 that are homeless or have child protective services involved.
Service performed by Varsity Facility Services | Ensign Division
Varsity Facility Services Ensign Division employees Made a Difference for The Ogden Christmas Box House in Ogden, Utah by cleaning carpet, windows and scrubbing and waxing vinyl floors.
The Christmas Box International provides assistance to prevent child abuse and services to improve the quality of life for children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned.
Service performed by Varsity Facility Services | Ensign Division
Varsity Facility Services Ensign Division also Made a Difference for the Make A Wish Foundation in Salt Lake City, Utah by cleaning carpet, windows, ceramic tile, and dusting the entire facility.
The Make-A-Wish® Foundation is a non-profit organization that arranges experiences (“wishes”) to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Make-A-Wish® Utah has been serving the community since 1985 when a small group of local volunteers gathered to incorporate the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Utah. Beginning operations, at that time, with a $5,000 start-up grant from St. Benedict Hospital in Ogden, the Foundation’s work in Utah is now done by more than 300 volunteers under the direction of a staff of 8 full time employees and 3 part time employees.
Service performed by Varsity Facility Services | Southeast & Florida Districts
The Executive Director for Family Promise of Gwinnett County, Chuck Ferraro, asked Varsity Facility Services to clean the entire facility, which included window washing (inside and out), cleaning the blinds, steam cleaning the upholstery, cleaning and extracting the carpets, cleaning appliances and deep cleaning the restrooms & showers.
After this opportunity to serve, the Varsity volunteers all agreed that It was an eye opener for them, reminding them “how precious jobs and careers are when seeing the struggles of these homeless families.” One volunteer said, “It felt great doing something for people who are struggling and in such great need.” It not only Made a Difference for those served at Family Promise of Gwinnett, it also Made a Difference for the Varsity Volunteers who performed the service.
Becky Norwood, the office manager, was so pleased, along with the entire Family Promise team. Becky said it was “so wonderful that there are people in the world who care – Varsity sought us out to offer time and talent, to make our center a nicer and cleaner place for the unfortunate homeless cases that we serve.”
Family Promise of Gwinnett brings the faith community together to help families regain their housing, their independence, and their dignity. FPGC is a partnership of congregations within a community helping families who are facing homelessness. It offers an opportunity for volunteers of all faiths to reduce homelessness and transform lives.
Service performed by Varsity Facility Services | Las Vegas District Office
Varsity employees at the district office in Las Vegas, Nevada Made a Difference for The Shade Tree in Las Vegas, Nevada. They spent 20 hours scrubbing the painted concrete floor in the reception area of all dirt, gum and deep stains as well as the hallway floor leading to the entry way. They then applied three coats of concrete sealer to bring the floor to a high sheen making it safer to walk on and easier to sustain.
The Shade Tree contains two carpeted bungalows used as computer rooms to get occupants ready for jobs in the business world. The Varsity volunteers found many large and tough stains there which they pin-pointed and removed using Varsity’s 60+ years of carpet care experience. Read about why Varsity’s carpet care is unique.
The Shade Tree is the largest shelter of its kind in the state, and is the only 24-hour accessible shelter designed specifically to meet the needs of women and children in Southern Nevada. With 364 permanent beds, The Shade Tree provides over 100,000 nights of shelter each year. On average, 33% of our clients are children under the age of 18. Senior citizens represent the fastest growing segment of our population.
Service performed by Varsity Facility Services | Colorado District; System 1 Inc.; NSC; and Waxie Sanitary Supply
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.
Service performed by Varsity Facility Services | Phoenix District; and Waxie Sanitary Supply
In Phoenix, Arizona, 21 people Made a Difference for House of Refuge. They cleaned bathrooms, showers, offices, scrubbed the tile floor in the kitchen, cafeteria and small recreation area, power washed the patio walls, patio furniture and playground, and cleaned and organized the walk-in refrigerator.
If that wasn’t enough, they also donated and installed a new toilet! A big thank you to our vendor, Waxie Sanitary Supply, for donating cleaning supplies, paper products, hand soap, mops and mop buckets!
House of Refuge is very appreciative. Doug Barnes, the General Manager, said: “We cannot express how much this meant to us. One of the things that impressed me was the professionalism and great spirit of your team. I can easily see why your company is so successful. Thanks again, and we are forever grateful.”
House of Refuge serves men, ages 18 and above, who are homeless or coming out of homelessness. HRS is a faith-based shelter that has been located in the Sunnyslope area since 1988 and has served more than 2,500 individuals.
Service performed by Varsity Facility Services | Houston District
The Varsity team in Houston, TX Made a Difference for the Star of Hope Mission Transitional Living Center.
They cleaned a large open area that the shelter didn’t have the equipment to clean properly and then cleaned the carpets in classrooms and offices.
To ensure the floors could be sustained longer, our staff trained the shelters staff on floor care as well.
In 1988, Star of Hope Mission began the Transitional Living Center (TLC) to help prepare and train the homeless to become independent and re-enter the mainstream of society. Star of Hope is able to provide services to 66 families and 45 single women at TLC.
Service performed by Varsity Facility Services | Auburn, Washington District
Fusion is a nonprofit organization in Federal Way, Washington, whose mission is to provide housing and support services to the homeless in the community, so they will have a safe, secure environment as they work toward self-sufficiency.
Service provided by System 1 Inc., a subsidiary of Varsity Facility Services | Indianapolis, Indiana
System 1 Inc., a subsidiary of Varsity Facility Services in Indianapolis, Indiana, Made a Difference by loading up two company vehicles from top to bottom and from side-to-side with equipment and supplies and delivering them to Good News Ministries in Indianapolis.
This included things such as office chairs, mop buckets, hand towel dispensers and refill rolls, soap dispensers and soap refills, numerous concentrated and ready-to-use detergents and cleaning products, large, grey trash dumpsters on wheels, and cases of Dickies uniform pants for men! The donated supplies will go a long way to helping the men served by Good News Ministries succeed in turning their lives around.
Good News Ministries offers men a clean, warm bed and three nutritious meals a day. They provide serviceable clothing, medical care, educational or vocational training assistance, and counseling when needed.
Varsity Facility Services is looking forward to more opportunities, in 2015, to Make a Difference in the lives of those in need in the communities in which we live, work and serve.