One of our traditions at PM Environmental is to give back to the communities in which we reside. We make a point of supporting charities throughout the year by either volunteering our time, fundraising, or simply making a donation. However, around the holidays we ask each regional manager to pick a charity of his or her choice and then drop off a monetary donation on behalf of PM.
This year also marked our 25th anniversary, and we decided to share our celebration with a special organization in Detroit. We invited representatives of Angel’s Place to attend our event and PM doubled all the donations from the party guests, raising over $2,500.
Below are brief descriptions of this year’s charities of choice:
- Angels’ Place in Detroit, Michigan – Angels’ Place, founded in 1992, is a non-profit organization that provides homes and services to persons with developmental disabilities. With over 20 residential homes located throughout the metro-Detroit area, each home establishes a family home environment where an individual is able to thrive, feel loved and be safe.
- Greater Lansing Food Bank in Lansing, Michigan - Greater Lansing Food Bank is a non-profit organization that provides food in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Shiawassee, Clare, Isabella and Gratiot Michigan.
- Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation in Cookeville, Tennessee - The Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation enhances the quality and availability of healthcare in the region by meeting critical charitable needs of Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) patients, offering free health-education and medical services throughout the Upper Cumberland community, operating compassionate programs that enhance the patient experience at CRMC, and promoting community investment in the Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
- Asbury United Methodist Church (UMC) in Madison, Alabama - The Asbury United Methodist Church provides low-income families in the area with meals and food items.
- Cabarrus Victims Assistance Network (CVAN) in Concord, North Carolina – Cabarrus Victims Assistance Network provides safety, shelter and support for battered women and their children in Cabarrus County, North Carolina.
- Saving Grace Therapeutic Programs in Salisbury, North Carolina – Saving Grace Farm is a non-profit organization that offers equine assisted activities for people with special needs, disabilities, youth at-risk, seniors, veterans, and those who have experienced trauma. The services of the farm are open to people from all walks of life, and allow the organization to help individuals struggling with various issues at home, work or school.
- Brighton Center in Newport, Kentucky – The Brighton Center creates opportunities for individuals and families to reach self-sufficiency through family support services, education, employment and leadership.
- Kids Food Basket in Grand Rapids, Michigan - The Kids Food Basket provides low-income kids with well-balanced nutritious meals, filling the gap schools and parents often can't afford. Kid's Food Basket attacks childhood hunger by providing nutritious evening meals to kids, and engaging our community through volunteering and education.
- Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids, Michigan – Mel Trotter Ministries exists to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ toward the hungry, homeless and hurting of the greater Grand Rapids, Michigan area.
- Taylor’s Closet in Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Taylor’s closet bring fashionable, designer clothing to young girls all over South Florida, for free. Since its inception in 2006, over 12,000 girls have been reached and over $1 million in clothing has been given away. Girls are not only given a safe place where they can shop for free, but can also participate in weekly workshops and after school clubs that focus on design and art, and engage in healthy dialogue about important issues affecting their lives.
Pictured at right (Top to bottom, left to right): Pete Bosanic and Mike Kulka (Angel's Place), Greg Stephenson (Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation), John Hargraves (Asbury United Methodist Church), Kate Banwell and Don Warren (Cabarrus Victims Assistance Network), Renee McFarlan (Brighton Center), Candace Chin Fatt (Taylor’s Closet), Shawn Shadley (Kids Food Basket)