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Volunteer Day Updates

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

Only four (4) days until the Volunteer Day. Want to let you know there is a major road shutdown that may affect your travels to the hotel and/or the event on Saturday. I-70 at the Peoria Rd. exit will be shutdown beginning at 10:00 PM Friday night and reopening at 5:00 AM Monday morning. For those of you arriving at the hotel before 10:00 PM, there shouldn't be any issues and traveling from the hotel to Stout Street Foundation on Saturday should not be affected. Please click on the links for additional details:

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/section-of-i-70-will-close-friday-evening-through-monday-morning-for-central-70-project

https://www.codot.gov/projects/i70east/detour-maps-2/peoria-eng.jpg/image_view_fullscreen

Lastly, we are in need of a donation of carpet and/or the installation for Stout Street's main conference room. It is about 5000 sq. ft and is in desperate need of remodeling. During the Volunteer Day, we will be painting the walls, replace the ceiling tiles, and painting the grid. In addition, we are hoping to remove the existing 2’x2’ carpet squares and prep the floor for new carpeting shortly after the Volunteer Day. We are needing help with a donation of the carpet and/or installation. Attached are a few photos of the room.Please let me know if you can help with either the carpet or installation.

See you soon and thanks for your support!!

Dover and out.


 

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2020 RFMA Gives Update

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Saturday, August 31, 2019
Updated: Friday, August 30, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

Equipment is arriving almost daily at Stout Street Foundation (SSF) in Denver. They are amazed and very appreciative of all the donations thus far and continue to look forward to other projects and the Volunteer Day. It's my pleasure to thank the following for giving so freely:

- Inspire Brands & Bargreen Ellingson, donated a Kitchen Aid 8-quart mixer

- Inspire Brands and C&T Design and Equipment, supplied ten(10) large rectangle folding tables

- ASAP Glass & Door, replaced several broken solarium room windows in the Residence Building

- Liquid Environmental Solutions, will be pumping the grease trap for one(1) year

- General Parts, supplying cooking equipment and refrigeration PM's for one(1) year

- USLED, supplied 40 LED conversion kits for 2'x4' fluorescent fixtures

- OnSite, providing hood cleaning for one(1) year

- Craftworks, supplied six(6) stainless steel work tables

- Pack-A-Drum, donated several rolls of large compactor bags

- Zaxby's & Metro, supplied numerous new Metro shelving units

- Zaxby's, donated a few hundred new salad bowls for SSF dining room and also provided a new Hatco food warmer unit

- CLM Midwest, provided a large much needed financial donation

- The Water Heater Man, supplied and installed a large replacement boiler system for the heating needs in the Admin Building

- Red Robin will be supplying lunch on the Volunteer Day

- Starbucks will be providing breakfast on the Volunteer Day

- Waste Management, providing a construction dumpster for project on the Volunteer Day

- DENTCO, will be supplying landscaping materials for the Volunteer Day

- Facility Solutions Group, provided electronic air curtain units for the kitchen

- Cintas Corporation, supplying shirts, gloves, medical supplies, and safety googles for the Volunteers

 

We are still in need of numerous items for SSF. The priority items are:

- Paint & paint sundries for the Volunteer Day

- Large amounts of replacement white acoustical ceiling tile, 2'x4'

- Carpet for a 3500 sq. ft. room

- Contractor(s) for small restroom, elevators and mop sink remodels

- Water bottle filling station

- Sail type awning(s) for patio area

- Small salad bar with hot & cold pans, w/ sneeze shield

The Volunteer Day is coming up on Saturday, Sept. 21st. The activities planned are interior painting, landscaping, wooden patio table refinishing, ceiling tile installation, carpet removal, and room organizing. The pictures show a few areas where we'll be working. As you can see, much is needed. Hope to see you there. Don't forget to register.

If you have any questions or can help out, please contact me at jeff@rfmaonline.com or at (972) 805-0905.

Dover and out.


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Donations Are Beginning To Arrive!!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Thursday, July 18, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

The weather is heating up in Denver and so are the donations coming to Stout Street Foundation (SSF) from our generous members. Big thanks to the following for their donations:

- Darden Restaurants, new 4 ft. under-counter freezer

- Restaurant Lighting Concepts, 100 new LED light bulbs to replace exiting incandescent and fluorescent can lights

- TriMark Foodservice Equipment, six(6) stainless steel work tables of various lengths with under-shelves

- Scott Keil, financial donation

- PermaDrain L.L.C., water for the Volunteer Day

There are numerous other companies that have committed equipment and other services that will be supplied soon. They will all be recognized in this blog as it's updated.

We are still needing several items to help out at SSF. Following is an updated project/equipment listing indicating what is required. We are really hoping to get contractor help with a few of the room remodels shown and possibly professional labor for other projects:

Residents Building - General

Hood Cleaning Company

Routine Hood Cleaning Program for one(1) year

Restaurant or Equipment Supplier

Shelving for storage rooms on the 4th floor- Metro Style

Painting Contractor(s)

Paint entire exterior of building (6 stories)

Paint Sundries Supplier

Provide paint and sundries for building exterior and interior work for Volunteer Day (TBD)

Ceiling Tile Supplier

Provide new ceiling tiles for 1st floor of building, mainly the hallways

Cabinetry Vendor

Supply & install new countertops for reception desk

General Contractor

Remodel exiting restrooms (10) to include new walls, flooring, vanities, plumbing, lighting. Most are individual bathrooms.

Painting Contractor

Paint hallway walls on floors 4 & 5 - Volunteer Day?

Bedding Contractor

New mattresses for residents

Lighting Supplier

Replace wall lights in residence rooms (70-75)

General Contractor, Electrician, Flooring

Remodel existing two(2) elevator interiors to include upgraded lighting, flooring, and wall coverings

Residents Building - Women's Rec Room

General Contractor

General remodel to include: new lighting, flooring, window coverings, lights & fixtures, remove ceiling slats, existing bar cabinetry, and floor riser to make all one level.

Residents Building - Men's Rec Room

Paint & Sundries

Supply paint & sundries for walls - Volunteer Day

Ceiling Supplier

Repair/replace exiting ceiling

Residents Building - OT Cove

Flooring Supplier

Replace exiting carpeting

Painting Supplier

Paint existing walls - Volunteer Day

Ceiling Supplier

Replace ceiling

Kitchen Equipment

Demo Crew/Awning Vendor

Either remove canopy framing over back door or add awning on existing frame

Kitchen Equipment Supplier

9" plates for kitchen/dining room (150-200 needed)

Administration Building

Painting Contractor(s)

Paint entire exterior of building, 4 stories

Paint Sundries Supplier

Provide paint and sundries for building exterior and interior work for Volunteer Day (TBD)

Lighting Supplier

Supply/install replacement lights over the vanities in the restrooms (6 total)

Building Materials Supplier

Replace the exterior insulated panels where birds are nesting

Plumbing Contractor/Soppier

Remodel small mop sinks to include sinks, walls (FRP), flooring, and plumbing fixtures for three(3) mop sinks

General Contractor, Electrician, Flooring

Remodel one(1) elevator interior to include upgraded lighting, flooring, and wall coverings

3rd Floor Admin/Gathering Room

Flooring Contractor

Replace carpet and replace with new flooring

Furniture Supplier

Add 20 new round and 15, 8 ft. rectangle tables

HVAC Contractor

Replace one(1) Carrier Heat Pump system

Exterior Patio Area/Garden

Awning Contractor

Supply & install sail type awning system over 1/3 of patio

General Contractor, Carpentry, Paver Supplier, Pavement Contractor, Lumber Supplier

Install concrete bollards for sail type awning system

Lighting Supplier

Supply/install new LED strand of lights across patio

Outdoor Equipment Supplier

New exterior picnic tables

Manpower

Sand and paint exiting picnic tables - Volunteer Day?

Other

Shirts, gloves, eyewear, medical kit

Volunteer day shirts, gloves, medical supplies, safety googles

If you are interested in donating any of the above items, have other donations to offer, or have any questions, please contact Jeff Dover, CRFP, at jeff@rfmaonline.com or at (972) 805-0905, x-3.

The Volunteer Day is now officially scheduled for Saturday, September 21st. Don't forget to register on our website and book a room at the DoubleTree. Interior painting will be a major activity along with minor landscaping, material organization, and patio work. More details on the Volunteer day to follow. Looking forward to seeing you all at the Volunteer Day!

Dover and out.


 

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2020 RFMA Gives Project List

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Hello RFMA members,

RFMA is pleased to announce our RFMA Gives 2020 site is Stout Street Foundation located near the Denver Airport in Commerce City, CO. This year’s Project Co-Chairs are Josh Rains, CRFP, with Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Peggy Fromholz from Red Robing Gourmet Burgers and Jennifer Thompson with Punch Bowl Social. Stout Street's mission is “to provide a supportive, therapeutic community for addicts and alcoholics to help them help themselves so they may return to society as recovering, productive, and responsible citizens. Feel free to visit their website at: www.stoutstreet.org/ to learn more. We are very excited and looking forward to another wonderful and rewarding charity event.

The following potential projects and item needs are listed below. Please review and let us know what you can provide for required equipment, labor, and/or financial donation. Signups are now being accepted for any of these projects.

Residents Building

  • Grease Services: Provide pumping/maintenance for in-ground grease trap for one (1) year
  • Kitchen Equipment Repair: Service providers willing to provide repair service to hot and cold side equipment at no charge to the facility as needed with their current equipment
  • Hood Cleaning: Routine Hood Cleaning Program for one (1) year
  • Waste Services: Provide roll-off container(s) for some projects
  • Shelving for storage rooms on the 4th floor- Metro Style
  • Painting: Paint entire exterior of building (6 stories)
  • Paint Sundries Supplier: Provide paint and sundries for building exterior and interior work for Volunteer Day
  • Landscaping: Provide materials for minor landscaping needs for Volunteer Day
  • Ceiling Tiles: Provide new ceiling tiles for 1st floor of building, mainly the hallways
  • Cabinetry: Supply & install new counter-tops for reception desk
  • Lighting: Supply 20-30 can light fixtures (LED) for existing dropped ceiling
  • Lighting: Supply 20-30, 2'x 4' LED fixtures to replace existing fluorescents
  • Flooring: Supply and install new vinyl flooring in laundry room on 1st floor (~300 sq. ft.)
  • Kitchen Equipment: New 4-6 ft. S/S tables
  • General Contractor: Remodel exiting restrooms (10) to include new walls, flooring, vanities, plumbing, lighting. Most are individual bathrooms.
  • Window Covering/Shades: Provide and install window shades for the residents rooms (70-75 required)
  • Bedding: New mattresses for residents
  • Lighting: Replace wall lights in residence rooms (70-75)
  • General Contractor, Electrician, Flooring: Remodel existing two (2) elevator interiors to include upgraded lighting, flooring, and wall coverings

Residents Building - Women's Rec Room

  • General Contractor: General remodel to include: new lighting, flooring, window coverings, lights & fixtures, remove ceiling slats, existing bar cabinetry, and floor riser to make all one level.
  • Window Supplier/Installer: Replace broken windows in solarium room

Residents Building - Men's Rec Room

  • Paint & Sundries: Supply paint & sundries for walls
  • Ceiling Supplier: Repair/replace exiting ceiling
  • Lighting: Replace exiting 2'x 4' ceiling light fixtures with LED

Residents Building - OT Cove

  • Flooring: Replace exiting carpeting
  • Ceiling Supplier: Replace ceiling
  • Lighting: Replace exiting 2'x 4' ceiling light fixtures with LED

Kitchen Equipment

  • Air curtain for back door
  • Counter top mixer
  • Counter top electric steamer
  • Landscaping: Planter for exterior windows
  • Demo Crew/Awning Vendor: Either remove canopy framing over back door or add awning on existing frame

Administration Building

  • Painting: Paint entire exterior of building, 4 stories
  • Paint Sundries Supplier: Provide paint and sundries for building exterior and interior work for Volunteer Day
  • Lighting: Supply/install replacement lights over the vanities in the restrooms (6 total)
  • Exterior Building Materials: Replace the exterior insulated panels where birds are nesting
  • Plumbing: Remodel small mop sinks to include sinks, walls (FRP), flooring, and plumbing fixtures for three (3) mop sinks
  • General Contractor, Electrician, Flooring: Remodel one (1) elevator interior to include upgraded lighting, flooring, and wall coverings

3rd Floor Admin/Gathering Room

  • Flooring: Remove carpet and replace with new flooring
  • Furniture: Need 20 new round and 15, 8 ft. rectangle tables
  • Equipment: New refrigerated salad and buffet style hot bars
  • Lighting: Upgrade existing 2'x 4' fluorescent fixtures to LED (approx. 100)
  • New ice machine & bin (smaller capacity)
  • HVAC Contractor: Replace one (1) Carrier Heat Pump system

Exterior Patio Area/Garden

  • Awning: Supply & install sail type awning system over 1/3 of patio
  • General Contractor: Install concrete bollards for sail type awning system
  • New exterior picnic tables
  • Landscape: Prep/landscape back lot garden area

Parking Lot

  • Concrete/Asphalt: Repair approximately 100 linear feet of pavement from drainage damage

Volunteer Day

  • Volunteer Day shirts, gloves, medical supplies, safety googles
  • Water: Supply water for approx. 150 volunteer

Also, please note the new policy for multiple donors for the same product and/or service:

  • Once the potential items and projects have been established and formally communicated to the membership, there will be a two (2) week time period for receiving initial donations of products and services.
  • If multiple companies within the same product category submit a request to donate a product or service, there will be a drawing or possibly a splitting of the product or service between the competing vendors.
  • The project managers have the right to make exceptions, such as if one product better meets the scope of work than the others, or if one offer exceeds the total commitment of the others such as including installation plus equipment.
  • If the same two companies submit to provide a product or service in consecutive years, the company that wasn’t chosen in the prior year will be selected for the subsequent year. If more than those two companies submit and there will be a drawing.
  • Any company that is not selected to donate their own product or service, is still invited and encouraged to donate funds to underwrite a different part of the project and participate in the volunteer work day.
  • Once the submission window has closed, all subsequent submissions will be taken on a first come first served basis.

Feel free to contact me to volunteer for any above items, other donations or with questions.

The volunteer day is Saturday, September 21st. More information on the activities will be forthcoming. Stay tuned and don’t forget to subscribe to the RFMA Gives Blog on our website to receive updates as they become available.

Thank you so much for your continued support!!

Dover and out.

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2020 RFMA Gives Site Annoucement

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

RFMA is humbled and pleased to announce that our RFMA Gives 2020 project recipient is Stout Street Foundation located in Commerce City, CO. After visiting several wonderful organizations in the Denver area, Stout Street was chosen because of its great fit and the large impact our members will be able to make at the organization. Stout Street's facilities include two buildings, one for administration and one for housing their residents (previously a hotel), that RFMA will be able to work on. 

Stout Street's mission is “to provide a supportive, therapeutic community for addicts and alcoholics to help them help themselves so they may return to society as recovering, productive, and responsible citizens". Stout Street provides a 2-3 year residential treatment program which includes professional services and vocational training to approximately 200 adult men and women each year. Plus they accept individuals without requiring any fees. Stout Street only asks that participants in the program are motivated to face their addiction and willing to work to put the pieces of their life back together. Learn more about our RFMA Gives 2020 project recipient by checking out their website at www.stoutstreet.org/.

I would also like to give another warm welcome to our 2020 co-project managers,  Josh Rains, CRFP, Peggy Fromholz and Jennifer Thompson. The project managers and I will be completing a "deep-dive" at Stout Street's facilities next week to determine our "project wish list." The list will include equipment, projects, services and other items that could be used to further Stout Street's services and growth in the community. As soon as the "project wish list" is complete we will post the list onto the blog and also email it to all our RFMA members. 

We are very excited about partnering with Stout Street in 2020 and we look forward to another wonderful RFMA Gives project! We are so thankful to our membership who continues to step-up and support these highly deserving organizations each year. Stay tuned to our RFMA Gives blog for more details and volunteer updates. 

Save the Date! Our RFMA Gives 2020 Volunteer Day is scheduled for Saturday, September, 21st. Registration will be available through RFMA's Event Calendar in June. 

Dover and out.

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RFMA Gives Denver Update

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Friday, May 3, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

Quick update on the RFMA Gives Denver project. This year we have three (3) Co-Project Managers assisting. They are:

- Josh Rains, CRFP, Romano's Macaroni Grill

- Peggy Fromholz, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

- Jennifer Thompson, Punch Bowl Social

We recently visited six (6) organizations in the Denver metro area and each were wonderfully supporting the less fortunate providing food, shelter, and professional services to help them combat their addictions. We are currently putting a letter together detailing our site visits and will be meeting with the RFMA Gives Steering committee in a few weeks to discuss further and hopefully get a location approved. After we get an approval, we will schedule another trip to complete a "deep-dive" into what their needs are and how our membership can help. If things go as planned, this wish-list of projects and equipment will be presented to all RFMA members by the end of May.

Stay tuned, more exciting information will be communicated through our social link as it becomes available. Make sure to subscribe to this blog to get timely updates.

Thanks!!

Dover and out.

 

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Thank You RFMA Members!!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Saturday, February 23, 2019
Updated: Friday, February 22, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

The RFMA Gives 2019 project at Mobile Loaves & Fishes (MLF) is essentially complete and I wanted to say a big THANKS to all the donators and volunteers who made this so successful. I continue to be humbled and amazed of our members passion for giving back and am looking forward to the next project in Denver. For those of you that weren't in Austin to see the video of this years' project, feel free to click on the following link to view: https://youtu.be/-tUQ0GgzBms.

Stay tuned for upcoming details on the Denver project. This year's Project Managers are Peggy Fromholz from Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Josh Rains, CRFP, from Romano's Macaroni Grill. They've already begun the selection process and we are hoping to have a decision by mid-May.

Lastly, one final shout out to the 2019 Co-Project Managers, Jay Andruk, CRFP, and Carl LeBoeuf, CRFP (both from K&N Management) whose passion and commitment for volunteer work is tremendous. Both individuals along with their company's support showed what can be done when you put your mind to it.

Dover and out.

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Projects Are Getting Completed!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Friday, January 18, 2019
Updated: Thursday, January 17, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

Projects are getting completed at Mobile Loaves & Fishes. The Community Table Pavilion had a pizza oven (Texas Oven Co.) installed along with new clear plastic roll-down awnings (Austin American Awning) which has made this area useful during the winter months. New A/C units for the restrooms in the Unity Hall were supplied and installed by CNSA (Consolidated Services of North America, LLC). The storage shed is now complete due to the efforts of Chipotle and K&N Management. Check out the photos of each included in this post. Additionally all the electrical work has been finished in the kitchen for all the new donated equipment and the tiny home is scheduled to be done soon which will formally end another wonderful RFMA Gives project.

For those of you attending our national conference next month in Austin, make sure you attend the Opening Session on Monday to see the RFMA Gives Presentation where RFMA gives thanks to all the contributors to this wonderful project. Also, there will be a featured story in the April/May Facilitator magazine on this year's event.

Lastly, I want to send a special thanks to the project managers, Jay Andruk, CRFP and Carl LeBoeuf, CRFP and to their company, K&N Management who supervised, worked at, and coordinated all the activities of this year's projects. The success was entirely due to their efforts and passion for giving back. Of course we all know who the real hero's are and we thank everyone at Mobile Loaves & Fishes for their assistance to the homeless in Austin. It's a amazing way to give dignity to those in need.

Again, thank you to all the donors. I am truly grateful....

Dover and out.

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What a Wonderful Volunteer Day!!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Updated: Monday, September 10, 2018

Hello RFMA Members,

Hard working RFMA members had a wonderful Volunteer Day at Mobile Loaves & Fishes this past Saturday in Austin, TX. There were over 150 members on site diligently working on building a tiny home, storage shed, landscaping, and many other projects that will help Mobile Loaves expand and serve their neighbors. I’m humbled by our members generous donations and willingness to give back. It was truly a blessed project.

Thanks to all who participated and to the following who helped make this day a success:

  • Roof materials and installation for the storage shed and tiny home, Kanga Roofing
  •  A/C split systems, Friedrich Air Conditioning Company, Johnstone Supply, & TD Industries
  • Paint Sundries for Volunteer Day, 5-Star Painting
  • Breakfast on Volunteer Day, Torchy’s Tacos & Starbucks
  • Lunch on Volunteer Day, K&N Management & Pluckers Wing Bar
  • Shirts, gloves, goggles, and a first aid kit, Cintas
  • Trash bags for Volunteer Day, Pack-A-Drum
  • Open top trash containers, Waste Management & River Road Waste
  • Professional framers for tiny home, John King Construction
  • Construction of storage shed, Craig Buck and Steve Shippy from Chipotle
  • Paint & stain supplied by Benjamin Moore
  • Water for volunteers, Culligan
  • Volunteer Day Appreciation Party sponsor, Kinetico
  • Landscaping materials and expertise, DENTCO , Gone Green, & PS Landscapes
  • Volunteer Day logistics, K&N Management

Thanks again for all your support and passion for this wonderful charity project. I apologize in advance if I missed thanking anyone for their donation.

Dover and out

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Tiny Home Coming Soon!

Posted By Jay Andruk, CRFP, K&N Management, Friday, August 3, 2018
Here it is! The beginning of our Tiny Home project! Thanks you to those already committed to coming to Austin to help with this and several other major projects!!! See y'all soon!

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