Our Savannah office’s annual tradition to bring holiday cheer to the Dwayne and Cynthis Children’s Hospital patients’ rooms continued for the third year. With help from the Northwest Alpharetta and Lawrenceville offices, along with The Good Deed Team, the Savannah teammates were able to decorate the children’s rooms and celebrate the holidays with them.
This event has become a way for our teammates to bring hope and cheer to those in their community during a vulnerable time. In addition to the decorations collected and distributed by teammates, the Savannah team coordinated with a local school where students created holiday cards for the children that would be staying in the hospital over the holidays. The Savannah team also wanted to show their appreciation for all the local staff does year-round, so they made homemade peppermint bark for the nurses’ stations and the emergency department.
The Savannah team’s love for their community has started a tradition that each teammate looks forward to every year. They love spending time with the children, families, and hospital staff and hope their small act of kindness is able to brighten someone’s day. The team is already making plans for what they can do next year and what other opportunities the hospital has for volunteers. We are thankful to have teammates who choose to step outside of their every day to look for ways to make a difference.
If you’re interested in volunteering with the Dwayne and Cynthis Children’s Hospital, please visit their website.
November has become known as the month of expressing gratitude, and giving back is at all-time high during the month. The Northwest Carrollton team took this challenge of giving back head on and led with a true servant’s heart all month long. Led by the Carrollton Good Deed Ambassador, Molly B., the team has made it their mission to reach beyond the extraordinary and connect with others within their community to foster lasting and meaningful relationships.
During the month of November, the team partnered with Farish realty for the Operation Christmas Child drive. A national initiative, participants collect shoe boxes for children that will later be filled with toys for children in need for the holiday season. In addition to this project, the team has also started collecting food to drop off at a local church. Collecting non-perishable items from November 1st to December 20th, the team will drop the items off before the holidays.
Though focused on November, the Carrollton team has truly been extraordinary all year long. With October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the team wanted to not only educate themselves on what they can do to help but also give back in the process. The team found a local organization that supports domestic violence victims and was able to donate over 400 personal care products and 80 toothbrushes!
Valuing people and looking for opportunities to serve are at the core of who Northwest strives to be every day. We are grateful to have teammates that believe in these values and who utilize them to make an impact on those we serve in the community. Congratulations to the Carrollton team!
Beginning in mid-September, Northwest teammates from every service center collected candy for the Good Deed Halloween Candy Drive!
This year’s goal behind the candy drive was to collect enough candy to distribute to local Title I schools in our team’s respective communities. The Good Deed Team is always looking for opportunities to strengthen their relationship and be involved with schools in the community.
Though the Northwest team collects candy every year, this year’s Candy Drive became a much bigger initiative than expected. In addition to donating candy, some of our teams participated in Trunk or Treats at local schools. Some teammates even took on hosting their own local trunk or treat!
Despite the weather being less than desirable, our teammates continued to move forward to create memorable experiences for the children in the communities that we serve. We are inspired by our teammates’ creativity and make a difference attitude that they bring to every initiative and how much fun they had bringing everything together. We’re excited about what ideas will come up next year!
The teammates of the Savannah office have built a relationship with the children, families, and staff of the Dwayne and Cynthia Willetts Children’s Hospital in Savannah, GA. Whether it is holiday decorations or summer game days, the Savannah team enjoys spending time and bringing smiles to the patients and families whenever possible.
This year, the Savannah team stopped by the hospital on October 31st to help brighten the day with fun, costumes, and candy! Though the children may not be able to go trick or treating, the team thought, “Why not bring trick or treating to them?” The Savannah team, along with Rodney and Nicole Rawls, joined others at the Hospital with a wagon of candy and big smiles to visit with the families and children.
“We wanted to bring the trick or treating to them,” said Missy M., Northwest Builder Relations Specialist. “Seeing the children smile with grins as big as Texas is the best! I am so glad we get to volunteer with the hospital.”
The Savannah team will begin collecting holiday decorations to decorate the children’s rooms this December over the next month, and they are always looking for other ways to get involved in other ways. The Northwest team is inspired by our Savannah teammates’ leadership, make a difference attitudes, and how much they care for others.
For more information on volunteering with the Children’s Hospital in Savannah, please visit their website here.
The Northwest Good Deed Team received the 2019 National Pest Management Association Gives Award. The award is presented by the NPMA’s Leadership Development Group and is meant to recognize companies that demonstrate leadership through their dedication and contribution to the good of the community.The submissions were judged on selected criteria by the Leadership Development Group.
The Good Deed Team (GDT) was overwhelmed when discovering that Northwest was receiving the award, as the submission came from other teammates who felt the GDT should submit for the opportunity. As Greg Green, Co-Director of the GDT, says, “We’re just glad we get to do what we do every day. Helping people, helping our communities… that’s what it is all about. I still can’t believe our teammates surprised us with something like this. The Northwest Family is one of kind.”
The Northwest Good Deed Team was recognized with the Gives Award at the 2019 PestWorld, a summit hosted by NPMA to bring together pest management professionals. Stanford Phillips, Northwest Exterminating Co-President, accepted the award on behalf of the GDT to continue the surprise and celebrate the GDT when returning to Atlanta.
“What an honor it was to receive the award on behalf of all Northwest,” said Stanford. “The Northwest Family is extraordinary. I can’t thank Kristen, Greg, the GDT, and each Northwest teammate enough for making such an impact in our communities and for being extraordinary people. It’s inspiring to see how they put people first and look for ways to make an impact every day.”
To find out more information the NPMA Gives Award, please visit their website. For more information on the Northwest Good Deed Team, click here.
About The National Pest Management Association –The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), a non-profit organization with more than 5,500 members from around the world, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property. This commitment is reflected both in the continuing education of pest management professionals and the dissemination of timely information to homeowners and businesses.
About the Northwest Good Deed Team –As much as Northwest Exterminating is in the pest control business, we’re even more so in the people business. It’s that train of thinking that helped Northwest create The Good Deed Team (GDT) in 2011. The GDT is an active part of the Northwest Family that seeks out and partners with local schools, businesses, and organizations to create an impact in our communities. The GDT goal is to serve and be involved in the areas in which we live and work through simple, meaningful opportunities.
In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, Northwest teammates from across all 27 service centers collected water to donate it to those who needed it most. The main need for supplies, water, and essentials was in the Bahamas, which was devastatingly hit by the hurricane. The Northwest Good Deed Team reached out to the Bahamas Consulate General in Atlanta to see if they could accept our donation and get the items to the Bahamian people.
The Bahamas Consulate General welcomed our donation of 300 cases of water, 38 cases of wipes, 570 pounds of dry dog food, and over 200 batteries. When dropping off the donations, the Northwest team found many others dropping off donations and helping in the Consulate’s warehouse.
“I think that was the coolest part… seeing people from all over come together to help,” said Kristen Milligan, Co-President of The Good Deed Team. “It’s the small things that can have such a positive impact. I am so grateful to be a part of a team that wants to come together to help in any way we can.”
If you would like to donate supplies to the people of the Bahamas, you can find more information on how to help at the Bahamas Consulate General in Atlanta’s website. For more information on the Northwest Good Deed Team, click here.