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2021 RFMA Gives Project List

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Hello RFMA members,

RFMA is pleased to announce our RFMA Gives 2021 site is The Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen (DDSK) located in Rock Hill, SC. This year’s Project Co-Chairs are Jeff Wells, CRFP, recently retired from Bojangles, Bill Schaphorst from MaintenX and Gregg Ross from 23rd Group. The soup kitchen's mission embodies the spirit that the real Dorothy Day practiced. For over 30 years, the soup kitchen has devoted its energy to passionately advocating for the hungry, needy and under-represented members of the Rock Hill and York County South Carolina communities. Feel free to visit their website at http://www.dorothydaysoupkitchen.org/contact-us.html 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.

Kitchen

  • New wall pack a/c unit, 2-3 tons
  • Portable small grease trap, under 3 compartment sink
  • Replace about a dozen wall sockets
  • New kitchen cabinets for storage
  • Supply/install 4 new 2x2 or 2x4 LED fixtures
  • Hanging rack for pots & pans
  • Replace hot water heater, tank unit, 40 gallon residential. Go to instantaneous(200-250K btu)?
  • Hood cleaning service for one year (2 cleanings)
  • Replace 2x4 ceiling tiles (50)

Dining Room

  • Upgrade/replace existing 2x4 fluorescent lights to LED, 30 needed
  • Pest control service for bee infestation
  • New cabinetry underneath windows
  • Supply/install new window blinds (12)
  • New flooring, approx. 4000 sq. ft. ceramic tile or carpeting
  • Replace baseboards
  • Recaulk windows
  • Replace 2x4 ceiling tiles (300)
  • Replace wall sockets
  • New serving counter, 20 ft.
  • Paint cinder block walls

Large Meeting Room

  • Replace 2x4 ceiling tiles (300)
  • Replace long cabinet or top only
  • Paint cinder block walls
  • Replace baseboards
  • Recaulk windows
  • New microwave oven
  • Upgrade/replace existing 2x4 fluorescent lights to LED, 30 needed
  • Supply/install new window blinds (20)

Entryway & Hallway

  • Replace 2x4 ceiling tiles (200)
  • Upgrade/replace existing 2x4 fluorescent lights to LED, 30 needed
  • Paint cinder block walls
  • Replace baseboards

Restrooms

  • Supply/install new double vanity in women's restroom
  • New stall partitions - both restrooms
  • Paint cinder block walls
  • Supply/install automatic hand dryers

Pantry Area

  • New metro shelving units
  • New wall pack a/c unit, 1-2 tons
  • New LED lights, hanging?

Exterior

  • Supply 10'x20' combo walk-in cooler/freezer panels
  • Supply refrigeration for 10'-20' combo walk-in
  • Install concrete foundation for 10'x20' walk-in combo freezer/cooler
  • New metro shelving units
  • Repair existing door threshold area and replace double doors
  • Survey roof for possible repairs/replacement
  • Supply/install mulch around building parameter
  • Repair/replace brick curbing at drive-up area (200 ft.)
  • Supply/install new Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen sign over entry
  • Supply/install several building wall pack LED fixtures (4-6)
  • Repair/replace damaged gutter around facility

Other

  • Provide floor mats for entries in Residence & Admin Buildings
  • Supply interior painting needs for the Volunteer Day

  • Supply PPE for Volunteer Day (masks, hand sanitizer, hand washing station, etc.)
  • Supply roll-off container for projects & Volunteer Day
  • Supply water for approx. 100 volunteers
  • Supply coffee/pastries for breakfast on Volunteer Day
  • Supply box lunches for approx. 100 people for Volunteer Day


Please contact me if you are interested in volunteering to provide any of the above items/services, other donations or with questions.

Also, please note the 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. 


Our RFMA Gives 2021 Volunteer Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd. More information on the activities will be forthcoming. To register for Volunteer Day visit our Event Calendar or click here.

Also make sure to keep up to date with RFMA Gives by subscribing to our RFMA Gives Blog. Receive instant updates when login to RFMAonline.com and click "Subscribe."

Thank you so much for your continued support!!


Dover and out.

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A Day at the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen, July 15, 2020

Posted By Bill Schaphorst, MaintenX International, Thursday, July 16, 2020
Spent the afternoon with Jeff Dover and Jeff Wells yesterday. As project managers, we met with the staff to review all improvement requests. This will be an exciting project and can not wait to get our RFMA volunteers engaged.

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RFMA Gives 2021 Site Selection Announcement

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Hello RFMA Members,

RFMA is humbled, honored, and pleased to announce our RFMA Gives 2021 project recipient is The Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen located in Rock Hill, SC. After visiting several wonderful organizations in the Charlotte area, Dorothy Day was chosen because of its great fit and the large impact our members will be able to make! Dorothy Day is a large kitchen facility within St. Mary's Catholic Church.

The soup kitchen's mission embodies the spirit that the real Dorothy Day practiced. For over 30 years, the soup kitchen has devoted its energy to passionately advocating for the hungry, needy and under-represented members of the Rock Hill and York County South Carolina communities. They also provide personal hygiene materials and clothing to those who want or need it along with professional services such as dental care and eye glasses several days each month. 

I would also like to thank and welcome this year's project managers: Jeff Wells, CRFP, recently retired from Bojangles, Bill Schaphorst from MaintenX, and Josh Greco with the 23rd Group. We will be completing a deep-dive at the facility in July to determine our RFMA Gives 2021 wish list. The wish list will include equipment, projects, services and other items that could be used to further Dorothy Day's services and growth in their community. The wish list will be ready and released to our members in early August.

Our RFMA Gives 2021 Volunteer Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd. Due to the pandemic, plans could change. RFMA will continue to monitor and follow the restrictions and any other mandated requirements provided by the Federal, State, or local government. Stay tuned for Volunteer Day updates in the coming months.

We are very excited about partnering with Dorothy Day in 2021 and 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.

Dover and out.

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RFMA Gives 2021 Update

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Friday, May 1, 2020

Hello RFMA Members,

Quick note to provide a brief update on our 2021 RFMA Gives project. Like all of us in the restaurant industry, the focus has been non-stop on Covid-19 issues. This has presented a minor roadblock in determining what local Charlotte area organization we will be partnering with. First off the Project Managers (PM's) this year are Jeff Wells, CRFP, recently retired from Bojangles Restaurants, Josh Greco of the 23rd Group,LLC and Bill Schaphorst of MaintenX International. We have received seven(7) RFP's, of which 2-3 look to be a good fit on paper. The next step is for myself to fly out to Charlotte and visit these locations along with the PM's. In normal times this would be done in May and and a site would be chosen by Memorial Day. This is delayed currently and I'm hoping we can complete this vital action in early to mid June which would hopefully provide a final location along with potential project needs by early July. In most years, not much is done in the summer due to that being our industry's busiest time so we feel confident this delay should not affect the overall project. The Volunteer Day is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3rd but this could change due to virus situation. Stay safe and we'll continue to let you know how the project is proceeding.

Dover and out.

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Projects are Winding Down

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Thursday, December 19, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

Final projects have been completed at the Stout Street Foundation. The MC Group supplied and installed an aging sign in front of the SSF's Admin Building and Roll-A-Shade supplied and installed 20 new window coverings throughout the Residence Building. Take a look at the photos showing these donations.

It has been another wonderful RFMA Gives project and I am humbled by our members desire to give back. Everyone at the SSF is thankful for all the items completed to help them serve the addicted community in Denver. There is one item still needed however, a sail type awning over their patio area. Fee free to contact me if you can help (jeff@rfmaonline.com or 972-805-0905, x-3).

We are already thinking about our next project in Charlotte, NC. Stay tuned for details.

Dover and out.

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The Donations Continue and a Special Thanks from the SSF

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

Donations are continuing at the Stout Street Foundation (SSF). M+A Matting has completed their floor mat donations and they have been placed at numerous entrances at both buildings. Take a look at their pictures. The Water Heater Man has finished their big donation of providing replacement boilers for the Admin Building. This was a large undertaking and will save the SSF valuable energy dollars in heating costs. Look at the efficient installation photos.

Lastly, the thoughtful people at the SSF have given us a wonderful tribute to thank all our members and companies for what they have donated to their organization thru our 2020 RFMA Gives Project. They have a "Donation Wall" of butterflies representing individuals and companies that have supported them since their beginning. The larger the butterfly, the bigger the donation. Take a close look at the wall photo. Our butterfly is the large one in the center. There is also a close-up picture. I am so proud of what our members have done for them. I can't thank you enough for all the donations and support. It ALMOST brings tears to my eyes:).

We are not done yet. Stay tuned.

Dover and out.

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A Few Big Projects Completed!!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

The Volunteer Day may be over but work is continuing at the Stout Street Foundation (SSF). Two (2) large projects have been completed and they look great. First, there was a serious parking lot drainage issue to be corrected and Mad Jack's Asphalt & Concrete, LLC stepped up and donated their services to tear up several hundred feet of asphalt and replace with concrete which will extend the life of the lot. Additionally they installed a new basketball hoop including the equipment and concrete foundation and even striped in the free throw and 3-point lines. The residents are having a "ball" with this new addition. Take a look at the attached photos.

Second, the SSF main conference room which was partially remodeled during the Volunteer Day is now finished, with all new carpeting. Take a look at the photos as the room looks great and the staff at Stout Street couldn't be more appreciative. Thanks to Red Lobster for supplying the carpet along with Progressive Flooring and Shaw Flooring for the installation. This room serves many purposes for the foundation and they now have a room that represents them well. Lastly, Olive Garden has donated a few rooms worth of carpet that will installed by the SSF staff and residents shortly.

I am so proud of our members for their passion and involvement in this year's RFMA Gives project.Thank you to all!

Stay tuned, there's still more to come.

Dover and out.

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What a Wonderful Volunteer Day at RFMA Gives 2020!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

Wow! What a wonderful RFMA Gives Volunteer Day we had at the Stout Street Foundation (SSF) on September 21st. There were over 150 passionate RFMA members giving back and working hard to get projects completed in the perfect weather in Denver last Saturday. Our members are so generous to assist the SSF in their work serving and supporting the Denver community through rehabilitation, recovery, and transition. The projects needing completion were extensive but, as usual, our volunteers were up to the task. Major projects included the revitalization of the SSF 'Gathering Room', several heavy duty landscaping needs, interior painting of numerous rooms, rebuilding several large picnic tables, fabricating and installing new Metro shelving, and removing and installing an extremely large and heavy boiler system. The pictures below only show a fraction of the work that was accomplished. The SSF management team was amazed by the turnout and all the work that was done. They are so grateful to all the volunteers and donors from RFMA. It was truly a great day and I can't thank everyone enough. Special thanks for the Project Managers that supervised each job:

Also, thanks to the following companies for their donations of materials, equipment, food, and financials that made this day so successful:

  • Starbucks for Breakfast
  • Red Robin and Panda for lunch
  • Romano's Macaroni Grill/Sullivans and PR Construction for picnic table rebuilding materials
  • CGP Construction for ceiling tiles
  • Benjamin Moore for paint
  • Northstar Painting for paint sundries
  • Zaxby's for Metro shelves
  • Waste Management for a trash container
  • CLM Midwest for a financial donation
  • Cintas for shirts, gloves, googles, and a First Aid Kit
  • DENTCO for landscaping materials and tools
  • Water Heater Man for the new boiler

I apologize if I missed anyone or any company that contributed to this great event. More projects are still to be completed. Stay tuned.

Dover and out.

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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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