Finding positive ways to make an impact and support our communities can come in unexpected ways at times. Every teammate at Northwest Exterminating is a member of the Good Deed Team and approaches each day with a servant’s heart. Sometimes, one service center or department’s efforts further helps another initiative the GDT is already assisting with, leading to an even better opportunity make a difference.
The Northwest IT Director, Matt, shared two gift cards with the GDT Leaders, Kristen and Greg, that the IT department received for recent system upgrades. Though they could have used the gift cards for other equipment, Matt and his team knew the gift cards could be better used to help through the Good Deed Team. Kristen and Greg utilized these gift cards to purchase diapers for a local school partner, purchasing over 600 diapers to donate. The diapers did not only go to the school families but to all families around that community who needed them!
Behind the scenes, the IT team has also been donating gently used IPADs to the Good Deed Team to be gifted to local school partners who mention the need. With school assignments being completed online, some families were having to utilize phones without a computer in the home. Once the donated devices were wiped clean, kids were able to complete their needed work on their very own device.
“One thing that I love about Northwest Exterminating is that everyone is part of the Good Deed Team. It’s not just a few people,” said Kristen, Co-Director of the Good Deed Team. “It’s a true testament to our Good Deed Mission of serving the community so that everyone will see the heart of Northwest.”
The Good Deed Team has continued to pour time and donations into our school partnerships as they knew the recent impact of COVID-19 resulted in a lot of changes not just for the students and families but also for the administration and teachers. They plan to continue to help the local community schools in any way they can while maintaining CDC guidelines.
We are very grateful for a team that works together to create positive impacts in our communities. Thank you to the Northwest IT Department and Good Deed Team for putting people first.
The Newnan Good Deed Team has a love for animals! They have been partnering with the Newnan Coweta Humane Society throughout 2020. The team came up with a fun idea to raise money for NCHS – to raise money to donate, whoever was able to give or raise the largest donation could pie a Manager in the face. Our Newnan team sure knows how to have fun!
The fundraising began in March, but due to COVID-19, the team is unable to be together to pie a Manager at the moment. That did not stop the Newnan team! They have continued to raise money and donations, along with some teammates donating toys, to deliver to the NCHS team in May.
Angela, the GDT Ambassador for Newnan, delivered the funds and toys raised to NCHS. Angela believes the timing could not have been better since it is cat season, so the donation will help cover an adoption fee, formula for kittens, or other needs. “We have been so blessed to help such a great organization and watch the amazing things they do on a daily basis. It has been an honor becoming a part of their team and help in areas that we are able,” said Angela.
The Newnan team is still looking forward to being able to pie a Manager once social distancing restrictions have been safely lifted. The rest of the Northwest Family cannot wait to see those photos! In the meantime, the Newnan GDT is going to continue to support the NCHS and their other community organizations any way they’re able while maintaining CDC guidelines.
If you’re interested in volunteering with or adopting from the NCHS, please visit their website.
Creating partnerships with community organizations is something that Northwest was founded on. Though we treat pests, we’re in the people business. Our Monroe Good Deed Team (GDT) has created a relationship with the volunteer team of Project Safe in Athens, GA who further help the women and children in need.
Project Safe is a nonprofit organization in Athens, GA working to end domestic violence through prevention and educational programs, crisis intervention, ongoing supportive services for survivors of domestic violence and their children, and advocacy/systems change work in our community.
The Northwest team is touched by all that Project Safe does every day for the women and children looking to move forward in safe housing. Our Monroe teammates decided to create baskets full of cleaning supplies, batteries, and towels for donation to Project Safe. The home baskets were the team’s small way of showing they care and support the people that the organization helps to serve.
Over the last few months, the Northwest Good Deed Team members have been looking for ways to continue to help our local organizations and residents that still support social distancing. We are thankful our Monroe team is looking for ways to make a difference and support the local organizations doing incredible things in our communities.
Our Newnan team is at it again with finding small, impactful ways to make a difference in Coweta county. While the team is currently practicing social distancing, they were able to find ways to help their community through the local Little Free Library and Newnan Coweta Humane Society.
A Newnan teammate, Angela C., donated the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series to the local Little Free Library. The Little Free Library is a place where people in the community can give books so others who may not be able to afford books can come and pick out ones to read. Angela’s son helped her with the donation, as he wanted to participate. They chose the books they wanted to donate on Internal Kids Book Day.
The Newnan team has also been very active with the Newnan Coweta Humane Society (NCHS), as helping the animals in their community was part of their 2020 goals. A Newnan teammate recently fostered Liberty, a dog that was found as a stray before being brought in by the NCHS. Liberty started off nervous, but over the last month, she has warmed up to the family and is showing more of her personality. The teammate is teaching her different commands and is excited for Liberty to find her forever home with a loving family.
Every month, it seems that the Newnan team finds more ways to give back to the community that they live and work in. The team plans to continue to look for ways to serve those around them and work with their partners to help however they can. We are thankful for the example that our Newnan team sets every day.
Seeing organizations, businesses, and the community come together to help one another has been especially inspiring during these difficult times. Our Northwest teammates in LaGrange, GA have taken that inspiration to look for more ways to help our community members on the frontline while practicing social distancing.
The team in LaGrange wanted to say thank you to the men and women who are caring for others and showing up every day to make a difference in their communities. The team donated over 50 meals to the Emergency Department team. The team’s hope was to let the staff know how appreciated they were, especially during this challenging time.
The team is also focusing their efforts in the community to the Salvation Army, community partners, and customer relationship requests throughout 2020. With the recent shift in our communities due to COVID-19, Northwest is looking for more ways to help through donations and volunteer time.
The Northwest Family is thankful to have teammates like those in LaGrange who look for the small ways to put others first and make a difference in impactful ways.
As March kicked off, no one quite expected the changes that would occur throughout the month. With home schooling, people working from home, business policy changes, and everyone practicing social distancing, it has been a strange and unprecedented time for most. Our Good Deed Team leaders, Kristen and Greg, wanted to honor the space and changes necessary while remaining involved within the communities we serve.
When the news first broke that students would be completing classes from home, Greg and Kristen worked together with a local elementary school team to put together and hand out food items to around 100 families. Knowing that for many kids, their main meals come from school, made this an important opportunity for the Good Deed Team to help! Greg returned the following week to put together andgive out over 150 bags of food and toiletry items to the families.
Looking for more ways to help students and families during this time, Greg and Kristen were able to make over 50 gallons of laundry detergent to donate to other local elementary schools in the communities we serve! Along with the detergent, they donated books, coloring books, crayons, and Easter treats for the kids to enjoy. All the items were dropped off to be distributed to the families.
It is truly extraordinary to see people in our communities stepping up to help each other – from businesses to non-profits to individuals on their own, seeing everyone come together during a difficult time shows how much everyone cares. We are thankful for Kristen and Greg finding ways to help and small ways to make a difference, even from a distance!
It is important to note that the Good Deed Team reached out to these schools ahead of time to coordinate how best to help during these circumstances. If you are wanting to volunteer or donate, please reach out to the school or business beforehand to make sure that all necessary precautions are taken!