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'Tis the Season to Give

December 18, 2019

PM Environmental has a long history of giving back to the communities in which we reside. As one of our core values, dedication to our business community is a large part of who we are. We make a point of exemplifying this throughout the year, supporting charities by volunteering our time, fundraising, or simply making a donation. Every year around the holidays, we ask each region manager to pick a charity of his or her choice to make a monetary donation to on behalf of PM.

Below are brief descriptions of this year’s charities of choice:

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.

“PM got involved with the Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation several years ago. It is a nonprofit associated with our local hospital that has several programs to help people in our community with needs,” said Greg Stephenson, Principal & Vice President out of PM’s Cookeville office. “This year, we chose the Cancer Fund, because many patients struggle not only in dealing with their cancer but with financial hardship due to fighting the disease. Cancer can mean time off work or unemployment, dozens of trips to and from treatment, expensive medicines and unbelievable stress placed on families as well as patients.”

Read more about the Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation and their services here: https://cookevilleregionalcharity.org/

Mustard Seed Ranch in Cookeville, Tennessee

Mustard Seed Ranch, in its 9th year of operation, is a community-sponsored, interdenominational Christian ministry designed to take children out of unsafe environments and into loving, nurturing homes. 

“The Cookeville office also supported The Mustard Seed Ranch. Out of the social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual support each child receives, seeds of hope begin to take root,” said Stephenson.

To learn more about Mustard Seed Ranch, click: https://www.mustardseedranchtn.org/

FISH Hospitality Pantries in Knoxville, Tennessee

FISH Hospitality Pantries (a.k.a. Hospitality Pantries, Inc.) is a non-profit, volunteer organization that operates four pantries in East, South, Northwest and West Knoxville.

“No one should go hungry. Fish Hospitality Pantries (FHP) was chosen this year because of the work they do with our local communities to end hunger. They are a wonderful non-profit, interfaith, and all-volunteer organization who operate four neighborhood-based pantries in Knoxville, which currently provide food packages to nearly 7,000 families (20,000 people) each month. FHP emphasizes human dignity, human rights, and care about responding with respect to people asking for food rather than being concerned with who is deserving,” said Maryse Speckner, Senior Project Consultant out of PM’s Knoxville office. 

For more information on the FISH Hospitality Pantries: http://www.fishpantry.org/index.php

Meals on Wheels West Michigan in Grandville, Michigan

Meals on Wheels provides home-delivered, nutritionally balanced meals to seniors in Kent and Allegan counties. In 2018, they served 2,969 homebound seniors 572,003 meals.

“Funding for Meals on Wheels was cut this year, so we wanted to help try and bridge that gap this holiday season,” said Christina Richards, Administrative Assistant out of PM’s Grand Rapids office. “On a more personal note, Meals on Wheels in my hometown helped my mother as she struggled with disabilities. They not only brought her meals, but also chatted with her at each delivery to keep her company during the lunch hour while I was in elementary school.” 

To read more about Meals on Wheels, click: https://mealsonwheelswesternmichigan.org/

HQ Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter in Grand Rapids, Michigan

HQ is a drop-in center in Grand Rapids, Michigan for youth between the ages of 14 and 24 who are experiencing unsafe or unstable housing.

“HQGR offers many youth services - most importantly a drop-in center for homeless youths and young adults. They strive to create a safe and affirming space for youth to find rest, build connections, and realize their dreams. Some services they offer are basic hygiene items, private showers, laundry services, hot meals, first aid, employment and education resources, and vital document recovery. Our office believes services like this are vital to supporting an individual’s agency in their own life and to affirming that everyone is a needed and valuable part of our community,” said Richards. 

Read more about HQ Runaway & Homeless Youth Drop-In Center and their services at: https://hqgr.org/

Downtown Rescue Mission in Huntsville, Alabama

It is the mission of the Downtown Rescue Mission to serve as a lighthouse in the community for the poor, homeless, and destitute in order to meet their physical and spiritual needs through the life-changing power of Jesus Christ.

“It’s truly amazing how this organization is able to partner with businesses to provide for the homeless and needy population in the Huntsville area. They house nearly 300 people per night while providing food, clothing, a place to sleep, and connecting them with job opportunities,” said Wesley Henson, Senior Geologist out of PM’s Decatur office. 

To learn more about Downtown Rescue Mission and the services it provides, click: https://www.downtownrescuemission.org/

SafeHouse of Shelby County in Pelham, Alabama

SafeHouse is a non-profit United Way organization which provides critical domestic and sexual violence response, prevention and intervention programs for the communities of Shelby, Coosa, Clay, and Chilton Counties in Central Alabama.

“SafeHouse is a wonderful organization that provides support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence through counseling, providing childcare, case management and offering immediate safe shelter. This organization has played a key role in healing members of our community and I wanted to help support their mission,” said Amanda Stone, Regional Manager of Due Diligence out of PM’s Birmingham office. 

For more information on SafeHouse of Shelby County, visit: https://safehouse.org/

Royal Family Kids in Novi, Michigan

The mission of Royal Family Kids (RFK) is to create positive, life-changing moments for innocent children who have been victims of neglect, abuse, and abandonment. Their services include summer camps and mentoring clubs for foster children. 

“My father-in-law was a volunteer at the RFK camp this summer, and he told us many stories about what wonderful work this organization does on the behalf of foster children and parents throughout the state,” said Beth Sexton, Chief Operating Officer out of PM’s Berkley office. “PM is truly happy to be able to provide a donation to this organization to further their mission of having a positive impact for children in the foster system.” 

To learn more Royal Family Kids and their services, go to: https://rfk.org/locations/michigan/

Alternatives for Girls in Detroit, Michigan

At Alternatives for Girls, they can access safe shelter, crisis support, and so much more. With this support, girls can stay out of harm’s way, succeed in school, graduate, and become leaders in their communities. Most importantly, they have a safe place to learn and grow.

“I was first introduced to AFG through CREW Detroit, and the Outreach committee which I chaired on the CREW Detroit Board,” said Sexton. “During and since that time, PM has traditionally gathered toiletries and other items to donate to AFG throughout the year. I am pleased that PM is able to continue this tradition, including an expansion to all Michigan offices for collection of donated goods.  I still receive packages in the mail from former employees who reside outside of Michigan containing donations for AFG.  We are truly blessed to have such wonderful employees that think about how these small steps can provide a big impact to an organization that is working tirelessly to support young women in the Detroit area.”

Read more about Alternatives for Girls at: https://alternativesforgirls.org/

Greater Lansing Food Bank in Lansing, Michigan

The Greater Lansing Food Bank is a non-profit organization that provides emergency food to individuals and families in need throughout the Greater Lansing Area.

“The Greater Lansing Food Bank supplies food to numerous food banks across the Lansing area to help feed the needy. Hunger is not something that people should have to endure, and we at PM want to help people in need,” said Pete Bosanic, PM Co-Founder and President. 

Learn more about the Greater Lansing Food Bank at: https://greaterlansingfoodbank.org/

Mid-Michigan Recovery Services in Lansing, Michigan

Mid-Michigan Recovery Services Inc. (MMRS) is committed to inspiring hope by providing a safe environment - teaching and modeling healthy lifestyles for all impacted by substance use disorders. 

“Mid-Michigan Recovery Services helps those struggling with addiction and many of those suffer from mental illness. This greatly impacts the individuals and their families. Helping them to get the addiction under control and return to a productive life impacts the lives of many,” said Bosanic.

Find out more about Mid-Michigan Recovery Services at: https://www.midmichiganrecoveryservices.org/

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Hollywood, Florida

The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS is the largest nonprofit dedicated to creating a world without blood cancers. Since 1949, they have invested nearly $1.3 billion in groundbreaking research, pioneering many of today’s most innovative approaches.

“I was recently invited to a fundraiser for the LLS Light the Night walk by a CREW Colleague whose friend’s brother is battling leukemia. Shortly after that, a friend of mine revealed to me that she was diagnosed with a form of leukemia earlier in the year,” said Candace Chin Fatt, Regional Manager of Site Investigation Services out of PM’s Hollywood, Florida office. “That pretty much cemented my decision on this year’s donation to LLS. They continue to make new discoveries and cures for leukemia and provide so many resources for people diagnosed with leukemia.” 

For more information on the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, click: https://www.lls.org/southern-florida